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USDOT Mode and Resource Description: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

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FMCSA's mission is to reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks and buses. FMCSA partners with industry, safety advocates, and State and local governments to keep the Nation's roadways safe and improve CMV safety through regulation, education, enforcement, research, and technology.

Commercial Driver’s License Program Implementation (CDLPI) Financial Assistance Program

The CDLPI program provides funding to States, non-profits, and other entities capable of executing national projects, to aid States in their compliance efforts and to improve the national Commercial Driver's License (CDL) program. The goal of the national CDL program is to reduce the number and severity of commercial motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. by ensuring that only qualified drivers receive and retain a CDL.

This program typically funds technical assistance to State Driver’s Licensing Agencies, information technology, and other projects that help States improve their compliance with national CDL program requirements. In the FY19 NOFO, there was no minimum or maximum award size. The FY19 NOFO stated that, dependent on the project type, applicants were required to provide a funding match between 0% - 10%.

Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Training Program

The Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Training Program aims to expand the number of CDL holders possessing enhanced operator safety training to help reduce the severity and number of crashes on U.S. roads involving commercial motor vehicles; and to assist current or former members of the United States Armed Forces (including National Guard members and Reservists) and their spouses to receive training to transition to the commercial vehicle industry.

This program typically funds tuition assistance for qualified military personnel and their family members and accredited and high-quality commercial driver training institutions. Individuals are not eligible for this grant; eligible recipients include State, local, and tribal governments, post-secondary educational institutions, and non-profit organizations. In the FY19 NOFO, there was no stated minimum or maximum award size and applicants were required to provide a 15% funding match. 

High Priority Program – Commercial Motor Vehicles (HP-CMV)

The HP-CMV Program provides financial assistance to States and others to enhance commercial vehicle safety and implement innovative national-level projects that will have a positive impact on CMV safety. The safety of rural roads is a particular area of concern due to the disproportionate share of highway fatalities occurring on rural roads, and rural road safety was recognized as a priority project area under this grant program in FY19.

In the FY19 NOFO, the maximum potential award amount was $2 million. The NOFO stated that, depending on project type, a 0% - 15% funding match was required. Projects that addressed CMV safety on rural roads were required to provide a 15% funding match per FY19 NOFO guidance.

High Priority Program – Innovative Technology Deployment (HP-ITD)

The HP-ITD Program provides financial assistance to advance the technological capability and promote the deployment and maintenance of intelligent transportation system applications for CMV operations, including vehicle, commercial driver, and carrier-specific information systems and networks. The program’s goals are to support and maintain commercial motor vehicle information systems and networks; link Federal motor carrier safety information systems with State CMV systems; improve the safety and productivity of CMV drivers; and reduce costs associated with CMV operations and Federal and State CMV regulatory requirements.

In the FY19 NOFO, the maximum potential award amount was $2 million. Per FY19 NOFO guidance, no funding match was required for Commercial Vehicle Information Exchange Window (CVIEW) projects not previously funded by FMCSA; however, all other projects were required to provide a 15% funding match. 

Additional FMCSA Resources

For more support with FMCSA grant programs, refer to the following resources and links.

Field Offices and Service Centers | FMCSA’s Office of Field Operations delivers program services to its partners and customers. This organization consists of service centers, State-level motor carrier division offices, and local field offices in the largest States. To find a local FMCSA office, use the “FMCSA Near Me” web tool

Grants and Financial Assistance | FMCSA supports applicants by providing information and resources on open grant opportunities and programs. Resources include Frequently Asked Questions, Resources for State and Local Partners, an FMCSA Grantee Manual, online grants training modules, and a Financial Management and Processing Manual for Grant Programs. Webinars, training manuals, and additional guidance support grant recipients through pre-award, post-award, and close-out activities. 

Last updated: Friday, February 26, 2021