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Commercial Drivers License Information System

Program Descriptions

Program Number



Commercial Drivers License Information System


Federal Agency




49 U.S.C. 521, 31136, 31301 et seq., 31502; Section 103, Public Law 106-159, 113 Stat. 1753; Sec. 214 of Public Law 106-159, 113 Stat. 1766; 49 CFR 1.73. Section 31309 of Public Law 109-59.






To modernization the Commercial Driver's License Information System (CDLIS). Following modernization CDLIS will: (1) comply with applicable Federal information technology security standards; (2) provide for the electronic exchange of all information including the posting of convictions; (3) contain self auditing features to ensure that data is being posted correctly and consistently by the States; and (4) integrate the commercial driver's license and the medical certificate.


Types of Assistance

Project Grants.


Uses and Use Restrictions

A State may use grants only for expenses directly related to modernizing its CDLIS to be compatible with the modernized CDLIS under section 31309 of title 49, United States Code. A grant to a State may not be for more than 80 percent of the costs incurred by the State in a fiscal year in modernizing CDLIS of the State to be compatible with the modernized CDLIS under section 31309 of title 49, United States Code.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

A qualified state and the District of Columbia. An organization representing agencies and officials of a State.

Beneficiary Eligibility

General Public.


Certification by the state that it meets the conditions for grant approval. States will fund future efforts to modernize CDLIS. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular A-87.


Application and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is excluded from coverage E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure

Detailed application instructions and forms are available on Applications must be submitted using after pre application review by the State's FMCSA Division Office.

Award Procedure

The amount of the CDL Modernization grant to a qualifying state will be determined by the State Programs CDL Division based on the availability of funds and the eligibility of the State. The announcement will outline the current year's priorities. All proposals will be evaluated by a panel to determine which proposals have the greatest impact on the effectiveness of the CDLIS Modernization program. States will be required to sign a grant agreement.


Grant applications must be filed with the FMCSA Division Office by the date stated on

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

60 to 90 days.


States will be notified in writing.



Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

A grant under this CFDA may not be for more than 80 percent of the costs incurred by the State in a fiscal year in modernizing CDLIS.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants are available for up to one year. Obligations to a state remain available until expended.


Post Assistance Requirements


Quarterly activity reports are to be filed iwth the FMCSA Division office.


In accordance with OMB Circular A-133, nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards must have a single or program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in OMB Circular A-133.


Records of all program activities covered in the grant proposal. Such records must be kept for three years following the year of funding.


Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $7,000,000; FY 08 $8,000,000 and FY 09 $8,000,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable.


Program Accomplishments

Not available at this time.


Regulations, Guidelines and Literature

49 CFR 1.48; 49 CFR 386-399; 49 CFR 100-180.


Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

State-level office of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, as listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, State Programs-CDL Division, MC-ESL, 400 Seventh Street S.W., Washington DC 20590. Telephone: (202) 366-2964.

Web Site Address


Related Programs

20.217, Motor Carrier Safety;
20.218, National Motor Carrier Safety
20.232, Commercial Driver License State Programs


Examples of Funded Projects

Hardware and software upgrades.


Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Compliance with CDLIS Modernization plan. States must be in substantial compliance with the requirements of sections 31309 and 31311 of title 49 of the United States Code.


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