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Performance and Registration Information Systems Management (PRISM) Grant

Grant Objectives

The Performance Information Systems Management (PRISM) program is a cooperative Federal-State safety program developed to reduce commercial vehicle accidents. PRISM utilizes the commercial vehicle registration process of the States to improve motor carrier safety in two ways:

  1. By determining the safety fitness of the motor carrier prior to issuing license plates; and,
  2. By motivating the carrier to improve its safety performance either through an improvement process or the application of registration sanctions.

The PRISM program encompasses two major processes Registration and Enforcement, which are integrated to identify motor carriers and hold them responsible for the safety of their operations. The performance of unsafe carriers is improved through a comprehensive system of identifications, education, data gathering, safety monitoring, and treatment.

Contact your field office to answer your questions and to provide you with guidance concerning the PRISM grant program.

Grant Eligibility

  • State agencies located in one of the fifty States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • State agencies must work on highway traffic safety activities and must demonstrate a capacity to work with highway traffic safety stakeholders.

Grant Application

PRISM grant applications must be submitted electronically through

Grant Authorization

  • PRISM grant funding for fiscal years 2013-2014 is authorized by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) (Public Law 112-141, Sections 32602 and 32603). Authorization for PRISM grant funding by MAP-21 is done through amending current law: SAFETEA-LU..
Last updated: Wednesday, January 15, 2014