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Vehicle Registration


Performance and Registration Information Systems Management (PRISM)

The Performance and Registration Information Systems Management (PRISM) program links commercial vehicle registration and motor carrier safety to:

  • Determine the safety fitness of a motor carrier prior to issuing license plates
  • Influence the carrier to improve safety performance through an improvement process and, when necessary, registration sanctions

Through PRISM, commercial vehicle registration and enforcement are used to identify motor carriers and hold them responsible for the safety of their operations.


The International Registration Plan (IRP) commercial vehicle registration process provides the framework for PRISM in Ohio by ensuring no vehicle is plated without identifying the carrier responsible for the safety of the vehicle during the registration year.

The vehicle registration process ensures carriers engaged in interstate commerce are uniquely identified through a U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) number, and each carrier can be checked before vehicle registrations are issued. Motor carriers prohibited from engaging in interstate commerce by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration may be denied vehicle registration in Ohio.

Rental/Leasing Registration

Rental/leasing companies must provide a USDOT number and copies of updated Motor Carrier Identification Report (MCS-150) forms for the company and for all lessees responsible for the safety of the vehicles.


For more information or questions, please contact the IRP/DETER Unit at (614) 752-2055, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Ohio Revised Code: 4503.642

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