Frequently Asked Questions
The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are questions and answers about Compliance,
Safety, Accountability (CSA) that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
(FMCSA) compiled to assist the public. As questions come in through the website,
FMCSA adds them to the database along with their answers. If you do not see your
question or topic addressed, please
by submitting a feedback form. We will respond to you directly and consider your
question for inclusion in the FAQs.
The FAQ area has recently been enhanced. Users can now search FAQs by stakeholder
group, topics (displayed on the left side of the page), or by entering a keyword
below. Choosing “Show All” will display the entire collection of FAQs.
How have Roadside Inspections been improved, including getting states to upload
their inspections faster?
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) promotes the electronic
collection of inspection data by providing the software and grants for laptops to
States. In general, States that are not already collecting inspection data electronically
are moving in this direction. To further provide incentives to States, FMCSA has
created inspection data performance measures to raise awareness of the relative
speed at which States upload inspection reports. In addition, FMCSA has provided
online tools to help States diagnose the reasons for any untimely submission of
inspection reports. Nearly 95 percent of the over 3 million inspections conducted
annually are uploaded to the FMCSA Website within FMCSA's 21-day standard.