The goal of the national Commercial Driver's License (CDL) program is to reduce the number and severity of commercial motor vehicle crashes in the United States by ensuring that only qualified drivers are eligible to receive and retain a CDL. This goal focuses on maintaining the concept that for every driver, there is only one driving record and only one licensing document (commonly referred to as "One Driver — One License — One Record"). CDLIS plays a critical role in this effort by providing the information technology platform which all States and the District of Columbia use to transmit conviction, disqualification, and other driver history record information for CDL holders.
The CDLPI grant program, as authorized by the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), is a Federal discretionary grant program that provides financial assistance to States to achieve compliance with the requirements of 49 CFR Parts 383 and 384. Additionally, the CDLPI grant program provides funding for other entities capable of executing national projects that aid States in their compliance efforts and that will improve the national Commercial Driver's License (CDL) program.
Eligible applicants include the governmental organization in each State and the District of Columbia designated as the primary (lead) driver licensing agency responsible for the development, implementation, and maintenance of the CDL program. This is the agency that issues CDLs and maintains driver history records. In certain States there is a separate agency responsible for conducting CDL testing and overseeing third party examiners. The FMCSA accepts applications from these agencies, but coordination with the lead agency is required.
Other eligible entities include organizations proposing research, development, demonstration projects, public education, and other special activities and projects relating to commercial driver licensing and commercial motor vehicle safety that are of benefit to all jurisdictions of the United States or are designed to address national safety concerns and circumstances.
The Federal share of CDLPI grants is 100 percent of the expenditures approved in the State or entity's application.
Allowable costs under the CDLPI grant awards include, but are not limited to, expenses for computer hardware and software, publications, testing, personnel, training, and quality control. Grants awarded under this program may not be used to rent, lease, or buy land or buildings.
The application must be filed electronically through grants.gov (information on how to register with grants.gov and file an application using grants.gov is available at http://www.grants.gov/applicants/apply_for_grants.jsp). When submitted through grants.gov, applicants will be required to complete a SF-424, SF-424A, SF-424B, a Disclosure of Lobbying form. Additional content requirements for each grant are indicated in the grant announcement posted on grants.gov. In general, however, applications are usually required to include the following:
- Detailed budget
- Scope of project
- Performance goals
- Implementation strategies
- Performance measures
- Monitoring and evaluation plan
State applicants must agree to a maintenance of expenditure (MOE) requirement to receive CDLPI funding.