These systems are hosted at the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center in
Cambridge, MA and utilize an Oracle database unless otherwise noted. Each system
is operational and being enhanced.
A&I (Analysis and Information) Online
is a web-based tool
designed to provide quick and efficient access to descriptive statistics and analyses
regarding commercial vehicle, driver, and carrier safety information. It is used
by Federal and State enforcement personnel, as well as the motor carrier industry,
insurance companies, and the general public. A&I was developed with Oracle.
The DataQs system (dataqs.fmcsa.dot.gov) is an electronic means for filing concerns about Federal and State data released to the public by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Through this system, data concerns are automatically forwarded to the appropriate office for resolution. The system also allows filers to monitor the status of each filing.
EDMS (Electronic Document Management System)
allows for the storage
and retrieval of documents, including compliance review, enforcement case, and safety
audit documents, in a paperless environment. EDMS is the central repository for
FMCSA documents. EDMS does include distributed client software to support the scanning
process. Inputs include both scanned and electronically generated documents.
EMIS (Enforcement Management Information System)
EMIS is a web-based application
used to monitor, track, and store information related to FMCSA enforcement actions.
It manages and tracks all data associated with notifying the carrier, monitoring
the carrier's response, determining whether further compliance action is required,
and generating reports for various Headquarters, Service Center, and Division staff.
It is the authoritative source for FMCSA enforcement data. Inputs include data from
CaseRite and data entry.
The FMCSA Portal (portal.fmcsa.dot.gov) provides single sign-on access to MCMIS, EMIS,
L&I, DataQs, Query Central, A&I, SAFER, EDMS, HMPIP, InfoSys, and the National Consumer Complaint Database (NCCDB)
via a single password and user ID. It is directly accessible from the World Wide Web eliminating the need for a VPN connection.
New functionality to support business processes currently served by many separate systems is being built in the Portal and the old systems retired.
Additionally, the Portal provides access for companies to view their data directly, in real-time or near-real-time.
The Portal is part of FMCSA's Application and Information Systems Modernization Program, which is an FMCSA-wide initiative that is leveraging new technology to transform the way that FMCSA does business.
The ultimate goal is to implement an information technology (IT) solution that improves the Agency's ability to save lives and improves the safety of commercial motor vehicles.
InfoSys (FMCSA Information Systems Website)
The InfoSys website is used to distribute information and software regarding FMCSA Information Systems to FMCSA users and their State partners. Only FMCSA and State users have access to InfoSys, and access is gained via the FMCSA Portal.
is an informational
FMCSA intranet web site. Contents include policies, news items, directives, staff
rosters, training and promotional opportunities, and security processes.
L&I (Licensing and Insurance) System
The L&I system is a client-server and web-based application (li-public.fmcsa.dot.gov)
with both public
and private access. It is used to enter and display licensing and insurance information
regarding authorized for-hire motor carriers, freight forwarders, and property brokers.
It is the authoritative source for FMCSA licensing and insurance data. L&I is
part of the registration process.
MCMIS (Motor Carrier Management Information System)
MCMIS is an information system that captures data from field offices through SAFETYNET,
CAPRI, and other sources. MCMIS utilizes an Oracle database with a web front-end
It is a source
for FMCSA inspection, crash, compliance review, safety audit, and registration data.
The National Consumer Complaint Database website (nccdb.fmcsa.dot.gov) provides an online location where Household Goods or Safety Violations Complaints can be reported.
QC (Query Central)
QC is a web-based application
that retrieves safety compliance and enforcement data on commercial motor
vehicle drivers, vehicles, and carriers from multiple sources using a single input.
The response data is analyzed and summarized before being presented in the user's
browser. Response data can also be downloaded to pre-populate Aspen. Data sources
include MCMIS, SAFER, L&I, PRISM, CDLIS, SCT and LIFIS (SCT and LIFIS contain
Mexican carrier and driver information).
SAFER (Safety and Fitness Electronic Records)
SAFER consists of a web site
that displays carrier information available to the public, a store and forward
mailbox system, secondary databases, and communication links. It handles user queries,
database refreshes, and inbound data transfers. SAFER is currently an integral communication
link for most FMCSA data transfers.
These systems are operated on field laptops. Each is written to operate on a Windows 32-bit operating system (except Windows 98 and Vista).
These applications do not require connectivity to a central site for operation. Each system is operational
and continuously enhanced to meet regulatory and policy directives.
Aspen is an application that collects all the commercial driver/vehicle roadside
inspection details. It utilizes several other applications that pulls data from remote
sources - ISS, PIQ, CDLIS Access, and QC. It also includes communication features
to electronically transfer inspection details to SAFER and/or SAFETYNET.
CAPRI (Compliance Analysis and Performance Review Information)
CAPRI is used for preparing Compliance Reviews and Safety Audits, as well as specialized
cargo tank facility reviews, and hazardous material (HM) shipper reviews. CAPRI
includes worksheets for collecting (1) hours of service data, (2) driver qualification
data, and (3) drug and alcohol compliance data. It also creates the preliminary
carrier safety fitness rating and various reports for motor carriers. It electronically
transfers data to SAFETYNET and/or MCMIS.
CaseRite assists in the creation of legal enforcement cases for Federal prosecution
of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) and the Federal Hazardous
Materials Regulations (FHMRs) violations. These case reports, after review and management
approval, are uploaded to EMIS.
CDLIS (Commercial Driver's License Information System) Access
The CDLIS Access software is used to retrieve driver status and conviction history
reports via a RAS (remote access server) connection to CDLIS. It accepts driver
query data from Aspen or CAPRI .
HMPIP (Hazardous Materials Package Inspection Program)
HMPIP is a browser-based application used during dock and vehicle inspections to
record compliance problems with hazardous material packages. It can operate as a
stand alone client or via a central site. Data collected while offline is moved
to the central site when a network connection is available. Data collected using
HMPIP will be used to establish shipper prioritization lists.
ISS (Inspection Selection System)
The ISS is the primary tool used on the roadside to screen motor carrier vehicles
and determine the usefulness of conducting an inspection. ISS returns the carrier
snapshot which includes critical safety performance indicators. It is linked to
Aspen to auto-populate id and address data fields and initiate the inspection.
ISS uses a local database, but individual carrier data can be updated via a RAS
connection to SAFER. Database updates are also available monthly via a web service.
ProVu is a viewer which allows Federal, State, and private industry users to electronically
analyze standard motor carrier safety profile reports available from the Federal
Motor Carrier Safety Administration. This application displays nearly every data
element found on the hard-copy version of the carrier profile in an easy-to-understand
format which can be sorted, filtered, and optimized by users.
Sentri (formerly known as the Mobile Client Application) represents the next major step in the Application and Information Systems Modernization
program (the Agency's IT modernization initiative). Sentri will ultimately combine the functionality from all of
FMCSA's legacy Field systems and streamline the Agency’s existing workflow processes. By combining
roadside inspection, investigative, and enforcement functions into a single interface, Sentri will provide
Enforcement and Field users with easier access to carrier and driver information and will help in their efforts to
target unsafe carriers and drivers and keep them off our roadways. Eventually, all of the legacy Field systems
will be retired and replaced by Sentri.
UFA (Uniform Fine Assessment)
UFA performs the calculation of a uniform and reasonable fine amount based on the
nature of the violations and the various criteria set forth in the FMCSRs. UFA is
optimized for Federal fine structures and is used with CAPRI and CaseRite.
SAFETYNET is a database management system that allows entry, access, analysis, and
reporting of data from driver/vehicle inspections, crashes, compliance reviews,
assignments, and complaints. It is operated at State safety agencies and Federal
Divisions and interfaces with Aspen, SAFER, MCMIS, and State systems. It is an
Oracle based client-server application that runs on MS Windows servers.
Related Systems and Programs
ACE / ITDS (Automated Commercial Environment / International Trade
ACE / ITDS is a project for the development of a system to collect all information
for the integrated Federal government-wide processing of trade that crosses our
borders. The ITDS system is being developed to improve trade procedures, trade promotion,
trade policy development, and trade statistics to benefit both the Public and the
Government. FMCSA involvement in ITDS includes the automated clearance of CMV drivers,
vehicles, and carriers crossing the U.S. border. Development of ITDS will be coordinated
with the development of the Customs Automated Commercial Environment (ACE), the
broader Customs Modernization effort, and the current and future requirements of
other agencies' processing systems.
CVIEW (Commercial Vehicle Information Exchange Window)
CVIEW is a state system that collects information from the commercial vehicle credentialing
and tax systems to generate portions of the interstate carrier, vehicle, and driver
snapshots and reports for exchange within the state (e.g., to roadside sites) and
with the SAFER system.
CVISN (Commercial Vehicle Information Systems and Networks)
The term CVISN refers to the collection of information systems and communications
networks that support commercial vehicle operations. These include information systems
owned and operated by governments, motor carriers, and other stakeholders. The CVISN
program provides a framework or "architecture" that will enable government agencies,
the motor carrier industry, and other parties engaged in commercial vehicle operations
safety assurance and regulation to exchange information and conduct business transactions
electronically. Further information is available at the site (cvisn.fmcsa.dot.gov).
NLETS (National Law Enforcement Telecommunication System)
is a message switching network linking local, State, and Federal agencies
together to provide the capability to exchange criminal justice and public safety
related information interstate. The system is operated and controlled by the states.
Every State is a member while federal systems such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation's
National Crime Information Center (NCIC), U.S. Treasury's Treasury Enforcement Communications
System (TECS), Department of Justice's System (JUST), Postal Inspection Service,
Naval Investigation Service, Interpol, Air Force OSI , U.S. Secret Service, Department
of State, Immigration Service Law Enforcement Support Center (LESC), and other federal
agencies also utilize the network. In 1990 an interface to the Royal Canadian Mounted
Police (RCMP) was established. Additionally, the National Insurance Crime Bureau
(NICB) provides service to the NLETS community. It is anticipated that Query Central
will access NLETS information in the future.
PRISM (Performance and Registration Information Systems Management)
program includes two major processes - the Commercial Vehicle Registration
Process and the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Process. These two processes work
in parallel to identify motor carriers and hold them responsible for the safety
of their operation. PRISM ties vehicle registration to the safety of the commercial
vehicle company responsible for the vehicle(s). The performance of unsafe carriers
is improved through a comprehensive system of identification, education, awareness,
safety monitoring, and treatment.
State Traffic Record Systems
There are various State systems used as data collection and reporting tools for
the public safety community. These systems provide organizations with an information
management tool to streamline and automate the capture and transfer of incident
data (i.e., citations, accidents, etc.) in the field. Using mobile computing technologies
to capture and report incident data where it occurs, these systems improve the accuracy,
completeness, and timeliness of incident data and reduce user's administrative duties
and paperwork. FMCSA is building generic import/export interfaces to support these
State legacy systems.