What is PRISM?

The Performance and Registration Information Systems Management (PRISM) is a Federal/State partnership to improve motor carrier safety by making safe performance a requirement for obtaining and keeping commercial vehicle license plates. PRISM links the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) safety information with Michigan’s International Registration Plan registration process to achieve two purposes:

  • To determine the motor carrier’s safety fitness prior to issuing an apportioned registration plate.

  • To motivate the unsafe carrier to improve its safety performance through an improvement process and, where necessary, the application of registration sanctions.

    The PRISM program includes two major processes, IRP Registration and Enforcement, that work in parallel to identify motor carriers and to hold them responsible for the safety of their operations. The performance of unsafe carriers is improved through a comprehensive system of identification, education, awareness, data gathering, safety monitoring and treatment.

    For more information about PRISM, visit the FMCSA website at https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/information-systems/prism/performance-and-registration-information-systems-management-prism.



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