To: Tax Collectors and License Plate Agents

From: Carl A. Ford, Director

Subject: Implementation of the Performance and Registration Information Systems Management Program (PRISM) for Apportioned Registrations and Temporary Operational Permits

Advisory Date: 12/30/10 Implementation Date: Immediately

Advisory Number: MCS 10-03



Florida will fully implement the Performance and Registration Information Systems Management (PRISM) program with apportioned registrations, including temporary operational permits, which have an effective date of January 1, 2011 or later.


The Performance and Registration Information Systems Management program, developed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), links the commercial vehicle registration process to motor carrier safety to achieve two purposes:


  Determine the fitness level of the motor carrier responsible for safety (MCRS) prior to issuing the registration.

  Influence motor carriers to improve their safety performance through an improvement process and, where necessary, the application of registration sanctions.


When issuing an apportioned plate or TOP, the USDOT number and the taxpayer identification number (TIN) of the carrier responsible for safety must be entered. The carrier will also need to indicate whether the MCRS is expected to change during the registration year. Beginning January 1, 2011, FRVIS will validate the information entered against the USDOT database. If the carrier responsible for safety has a safety suspension or does not have a current MCS150 form on file, FRVIS will not allow the apportioned registration or TOP to be issued. You will need to advise the carrier to contact FMCSA to update and/or resolve any issues associated with the MCRS record. A Step-by-Step Help with the Registration Process guide is available for carriers at


Form HSMV 85103, Welcome to the International Registration Plan, and form HSMV 85043, Application for Temporary Operational Permit, have been updated to include the PRISM requirements. These forms can be accessed at


Detailed information regarding Florida’s participation in the PRISM program is also available on the department’s website at


If you have any questions or need further assistance, please call the Bureau of Motor Carrier Services at (850) 617-3711.