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Core Compliance

ITD Core Compliance allows States to apply for ITD Grant opportunities to deploy core capabilities. This enables States to make quick enforcement decisions at roadside, thereby enhancing the effectiveness of FMCSA’s enforcement program and improving highway safety.

What is ITD Core Compliance?

Achieving core compliance means that a State has met all the requirements to implement the core elements of the ITD program. The three core capabilities are:

Safety Information Exchange

Inspection data is sent from States to FMCSA’s inspection systems and then shared among FMCSA and other States. States also exchange carrier registration and safety information with FMCSA. Implementation of a Commercial Vehicle Information Exchange Window system (CVIEW), or CVIEW equivalent, for exchange of intrastate and interstate data within the State, and connection to FMCSA system for interstate data lays critical foundation for safety data exchange. Certification of compliance with security standards is required before States can transmit their data to FMCSA systems, see “ITD Certification” below for more details.

How does this improve safety?

The safety data exchange enables State law enforcement to benefit from data collected and maintained by other States.


Enable motor carriers to electronically apply for, renew, and pay registration fees and fuel taxes for International Registration Plan (IRP) registration, International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) accounts, Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) payments, and permits. Connect to the IRP and IFTA Clearinghouses to share vehicle registration and IFTA license data and automate funds settlement.

How does this improve safety?

This automated online process frees up State resources to focus on motor carrier safety compliance. And identifying carriers with outstanding payments can also lead enforcement personnel to carriers with safety deficiencies.


Use innovative technology and ITD data sets to identify and screen commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) to review their data and determine which vehicles to pull over for inspection, and which CMVs to allow to bypass.

How does this improve safety?

E-screening vehicles allows State law enforcement to focus their finite resources on inspecting the carriers that pose the highest risk to safety.

Achieving ITD Core Compliance

To demonstrate that they meet the core ITD elements above, States must complete the following steps.

Information Systems and Program Planning

States complete and submit the Commercial Vehicle Information Systems and Networks Operational and Architectural Compatibility Handbook (COACH) and the Program Plan/Top Level Design (PP/TLD). These provide the operational and programmatic plan of a State’s ITD program. An approved COACH and PP/TLD are required to be eligible for ITD Grant Funding.

Read more about the PP/TLD

CVIEW Certification

To exchange data, ITD States must establish a connection between their State systems and FMCSA systems. FMCSA must certify that a State meets all security standards before the State can be permitted to transfer their data to FMCSA systems.

ITD Core Certification

The final step is a review of the State’s implementation to ensure it meets ITD Core Compliance requirements.

Maintaining ITD Core Compliance

Once a State achieves ITD core compliance, they must ensure they remain compliant. Maintaining ITD Core Compliance ensures State credentials, e-screening, and safety information is of the highest quality for use by roadside enforcement and credential administration personnel nationally in making decisions on Commercial Vehicle Operations compliance.

Program Reviews

The ITD Team conducts regular reviews to ensure that States continue to meet the requirements to remain ITD Core Compliant.

Data Quality

All ITD States are responsible for ensuring that the data they send to FMCSA is complete and accurate. This is critical to the success of the program, as critical enforcement decisions are being made based on this data. Learn more about how States can identify and resolve data quality issues.

Expanded ITD

States that achieve ITD Core Compliance are eligible to apply for grant funding to participate in Expanded ITD, taking advantage of the latest technological developments to improve safety in their State.

Learn more about Expanded ITD