Commercial Driver License State Programs
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s objective is to achieve the goals of SAFETEA-LU and the FMCSA mission of reducing the number and severity of crashes, fatalities, and injuries involving large trucks and buses by ensuring that States comply with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations related to commercial driver’s license testing, issuance, and disqualification.
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of Transportation
Office: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
Types of Assistance
Cooperative Agreements; Project Grants; Project Grants (Discretionary)
Uses and Use Restrictions
A State may use grants only for expenses directly related to its compliance with 49 USC 31311 (49 CFR Parts 383 and 384); but a State that is making good faith efforts toward substantial compliance with the requirements of 31311 and 31313 of SAFETEA-LU may use grants to improve implementation of the State's commercial driver's license program, including expenses for computer hardware and software, publications, testing, personnel, training, fraud prevention, and quality control. The grant may not be used to rent, lease, or buy land or buildings. States, local governments, and other persons for projects involving research, development, demonstration projects, public education, and other special activities and projects relating to commercial driver licensing and motor vehicle safety that are of benefit to all jurisdictions of the United States or are designed to address national safety concerns and circumstances. States, local governments, and other persons may use grant funds to address emerging issues relating to commercial driver's license improvements. The grant may not be used to rent, lease, or buy land or buildings. 100% funding; no match required.
Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, Pub. L. No.112–141, §§ 32603(c), 32604 (c)(1)., Public Law 112-141, 126 Stat. 405, 807- 809.
States may receive grant funds to comply with the requirements of section 31311 of SAFETEA-LU or if making good faith efforts toward substantial compliance with the requirements of section 31311 and 31313 receive grant funds to improve implementation of the commercial driver's license program. States, local governments, and other persons for projects involving research, development, demonstration projects, public education, and other special activities and projects relating to commercial driver licensing and motor vehicle safety that are of benefit to all jurisdictions of the United States or are designed to address national safety concerns and circumstances. States, local governments, and other persons may use grant funds to address emerging issues relating to commercial driver's license improvements.
14 - State (includes District of Columbia, public institutions of higher education and hospitals)
15 – Local (includes State-designated Indian Tribes, excludes institutions of higher education and hospitals)
20 – Public nonprofit institution/organization
38 – other private institutions/organizations
39 – anyone/general public.
Certification by the State that it meets the conditions for grant approval. States must submit a self assessment of their CDL program and agree to maintain CDL program expenditures at a level at least equal to the average of the past two State fiscal years that ended prior to August 10, 2005. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular A-87. Non-State grantees must adhere to the applicable OMB Circulars. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
Application and Award Process
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Detailed application instructions and forms are available on Grants.gov. Applications must be submitted using Grants.gov
The amount of the CDL grant to a qualifying State will be determined by the CDL Division based on the documented needs of the State and the availability of funds. The Federal Register Notice 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 CDL program in improving highway safety and reducing commercial motor vehicle related fatalities. States will be required to sign a grant agreement. This is a 90 day process.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
This is a 90 day process.
Grant period of performance may be renewed without additional funding according to the requirements of the FMCSA Financial Assistance Agreement General Provisions and Assurance and other applicable OMB Circulars and Federal law.
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
This program has no matching requirements.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants must be obligated in the same fiscal year that funding is made available. Obligations remain available until expended within the constraints of the FMCSA Financial Assistance Agreement General Provisions and Assurance and other applicable OMB Circulars and Federal law. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Reimbursement of actual expenditures.
Post Assistance Requirements
SF-425 and SF-PPR-B. No cash reports are required. Project activity reports (SF-PPR) must be submitted quarterly to the FMCSA Division office. SF-425. Through reports and site visits.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a 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 Circular No. A-133.
Records of all program activities covered in the grant proposal. Such records must be kept for 3 years following the end of the grant project period.
(Salaries) FY 13 $29,940,000; FY 14 est $30,000,000; and FY 15 Estimate Not Available
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$20,000 - $1,500,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
49 CFR Part 383 and 384
Regional or Local Office
Julie Otto 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE, Washington, District of Columbia 20590 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (202) 366-0710 Fax: (202) 366-7980
Examples of Funded Projects
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
• Addresses the program’s national priorities and demonstrates knowledge of the program and potential barriers to successfully meeting those priorities.
• Defines specific, measureable, and feasible program goals and objectives.
• Outlines activities and accompanying timelines to achieve the project’s goals.
• Defines a plan to monitor the effective implementation of the strategies and plans to document the project outcomes.
• Documents infrastructure and other organizational information to demonstrate an ability to perform the activities proposed in the application.
• Includes proposed costs that are allocable, allowable, reasonable, and necessary.
• Addresses program-specific requirements established in the Notice of Funding Availability.