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  • Commonly Used Acronyms


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    Below is a list of AAMVA's commonly-used acronyms.

     

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    AAAM  Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine
    AAMVA  American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators
    AASHTO  American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
    ABA  American Bus Association; American Bar Association
    ABI  Alcohol Beverage Industry
    ACBA  AAMVAnet Credit Bureau Access
    ACD  AAMVAnet Code Dictionary; Automatic Call Distribution
    ACIR  Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations
    ADP  Automated Data Processing
    AHS  Automated Highway System
    AIAG  Automotive Industry Action Group
    AIC  Annual International Conference (AAMVA)
    AIT Advanced Information Technology
    ALNIS  Application Layer Network Interface Software (e.g., ESI or UNI)
    AMIE  AAMVAnet Message Interchange Envelope
    AMIE/BA AAMVAnet Message Interchange Envelope/Batch Access
    ANS American National Standards
    ANSI  American National Standards Institute
    AP  Administrative Processes
    API  Application Program Interface
    APL Applied Physics Laboratory
    APTS  Advanced Public Transportation Systems
    APWA  American Public Welfare Association
    ARA  Automotive Recycling Association
    ARSI  Automated Roadside Safety Inspection
    ARTS  Advanced Rural Transportation Systems
    ASC  Accredited Standards Committee
    ASTM  American Society for Testing & Materials
    ATA  American Trucking Associations
    ATIS  Advanced Traveler Information Systems
    ATMS  Advanced Traffic Management Systems
    ATP  Authorization to Participate
    ATS  AAMVAnet Test System
    AVC  Automatic Vehicle Classification
    AVCS  Advanced Vehicle Control Systems
    AVI  Automatic Vehicle Identification
    AVL  Automated Vehicle Location
     

     

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    BAC 

    Blood Alcohol Concentration

    BBS  Bulletin Board System
    BMV Bureau of Motor Vehicles
    BPEVR  Business Partner Electronic Vehicle Registration
    BSWG  Base State Working Group
     

     

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    CAAA  Clean Air Act Amendments (1990)
    CAE  Certified Association Executive
    CALS  Computer-aided Acquisition and Logistic Support
    CANDLE     Collaboration between AAMVA and Nlets for Driver License Exchange
    CAS  Carrier Access Service
    CAVR  Canadian Agreement on Vehicle Registration
    CCE  Certified Commercial Examiner
    CCITT  Consultative Committee for Telephone and Telegraph
    CCMTA  Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators
    CCP Citizen Corps Program
    CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    CDE  Certified Driver Examiner
    CDL  Commercial Driver's License
    CDLC  Canadian Driver License Compact
    CDLIS  Commercial Driver's License Information System
    CDPD  Cellular Digital Packet Data
    CFR  Code of Federal Regulations
    CICS  Customer Information Control System
    CIDX  Chemical Industry Data Exchange
    CME  Certified Motorcycle Examiner
    CMS  Congestion Management System
    CMV  Commercial Motor Vehicle
    CMVSA  Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986
    CMVSS  Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard
    COLI  Cost of Living Index
    COTS  Commercial Off-the-Shelf Software
    CRs  Compliance Reviews
    CSD  Customer Service Delivery Committee
    CSFS  Carrier Safety Fitness System
    CSOR  Change State of Record
    CSOT  Change State of Title
    CSTIMS Commercial Skills Test Information Management System
    CTT  Certified ThirdParty Tester
    CTX  Corporate Trade Exchange
    CVECS  Commercial Vehicle Electronic Clearance System
    CVIS  Commercial Vehicle Information System
    CVISN  Commercial Vehicle Information System Network
    CVO  Commercial Vehicle Operations
    CVSA  Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance
     

     

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    DBAN  Dial Backup Alternate Node
    DCR Driver Control Record
    DDL Digital Driver's License
    DEA  Drug Enforcement Administration
    DHR  Driver History Record
    DHS Department of Homeland Security
    DIM  Dimension in Motion
    DISA  Data Interchange Standards Association
    DLA  Driver License Agreement
    DL&C  Driver Licensing and Control Committee
    DLC  Driver License Compact
    DLDC  Driver License/Driver Control
    DLN  Driver License Number
    DLR  Driver License Reciprocity
    DMV Department of Motor Vehicles
    DOB  Date of Birth
    DOL  Department of Labor
    DOS Department of State
    DOT  Department of Transportation
    DPPA Driver's Privacy Protection Act
    DSD  Detailed System Design
    DUI  Driving Under the Influence
    DWI Driving While Intoxicated
     

     

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    EBT  Electronic Benefits Transfer
    EC  Electronic Clearance; Educational Contact (second use)
    EDI  Electronic Data Interchange
    EDIFACT EDI for Administration, Commerce and Trade
    EFT  Electronic Funds Transfer
    EIDX  Electronics Industry Data Exchange
    ELT  Electronic Lien & Title
    EMA  Electronic Messaging Association
    EMC  Emergency Management Center
    EMCAC Emergency Management Coordination and Administration Center
    EPF  Extended Password Feature
    ESI  Enhanced State Interface
    ESO  Extended Security Option
    ETC  Electronic Toll Collection
    ETTM  Electronic Toll & Traffic Management
    EU European Union
    EVVE Electronic Verification of Vital Events
     

     

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    FAA  Federal Aviation Administration
    FACT  Federation of Automated Coding Technologies
    FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation
    FEIN (FIN) Federal Employer Identification Number
    FHWA Federal Highway Administration
    FIPP Fraudulent Identification Prevention Program
    FIPPs Fair Information Practice Principles
    FM Fleet Management
    FMCSA Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
    FMCSR  Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations
    FMVSS  Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard
    FR  Financial Responsibility
    FRA  Federal Railroad Administration
    FRI Financial Responsibility and Insurance Committee (formerly the FR Committee)
    FTA  Federation of Tax Administrators
     

     

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    GCW  Gross Combined Weight
    GDL Graduated Driver's License
    GHSA Governors Highway Safety Association
    GIS  Geographic Information Systems
    GLP Graduated Licensing Program
    GLS Graduated Licensing System
    GPS  Global Positioning System
    GTDI  Guidelines for Trade Data Interchange
    GUI  Graphical User Interface
    GVW  Gross Vehicle Weight
    GVWR  Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
     

     

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    HAR  Highway Advisory Radio
    HAVA Help America Vote Act
    HAVV     Help America Vote Verification
    HAZMAT  Hazardous Materials
    HELP  Heavy Equipment Electronic License Plate
    HM  Hazardous Material
    HME Hazardous Materials Endorsement
    HMIR  Hazardous Materials Incident Response
    HOV  High Occupancy Vehicle
    HUT Highway Use Tax
    HVUT  Heavy Vehicle Use Tax
     

     

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    IAB  Industry Advisory Board
    IACP  International Association of Chiefs of Police
    ICBC Insurance Corporation of British Columbia
    ICC  Intelligent Cruise Control
    ID  Identification
    IDEC International Driver Examiner Certification
    IE  Information Exchange
    IEA  Inter Enterprise Address
    IEC International Electrotechnical 
    IEPD Information Exchange Package Documentation
    IFTA  International Fuel Tax Agreement
    IGN  IBM Global Network
    IICMVA  Insurance Industry Committee on Motor Vehicle Administration
    I/M Inspection and Maintenance
    INCITS InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards
    INPCS-HPO IBM Information Network Personal Connectivity Service - High Performance Option (now known as PASSPORT)
    INS  Immigration & Naturalization Service (after March 1, 2003 known as USCIS)
    IRD  International Road Dynamics Inc.
    IRE  Inter-provincial Record Exchange
    IRP  International Registration Plan
    IRPCH     International Registration Plan Clearinghouse
    IRS International Revenue Service
    ISO International Organization for Standardization
    ISP  Internet Service Provider
    ISS  Inspection Selection System
    ISTA  Inter-provincial Sales Tax Arrangement (Canadian)
    ISTEA  Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991
    ITCs  Independent Telephone Companies
    ITS  Intelligent Transportation System (formerly IVHS)
    ITU International Telecommunications Union
    IVHS  Intelligent Vehicle Highway System
    IVMR  Individual Vehicle Mileage Records
    IXS  Information Exchange System
     

     

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    LAN  Local Area Network
    LCV  Longer Combination Vehicle
    LE  Law Enforcement Committee
    LEOS  Low Earth Orbiting Satellites
    LETPP Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Program
    LS  Legal Services Committee
    LTL  Less-Than-Load
     

     

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    MCB Message Control Bank
    MCMIS  Motor Carrier Management Information System
    MCO  Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin
    MCS  Motor Carrier Services Committee
    MCSAP  Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program
    MCSIA Motor Carrier Safety Improvements Act (1999)
    MCSIP  Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Process
    MEC  Message Exchange Control
    MOU  Memorandum of Understanding
    MPO  Metropolitan Planning Organization
    MSC  Management Systems Council
    MSF Motorcycle Safety Foundation
    MSRP  Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price
    MVA Motor Vehicle Agency
    MVC Motor Vehicle Commission
    MVIS  Motor Vehicle Information Systems Committee
    MVS  Multiple Virtual Storage
     

     

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    NAC  North American Compact
    NADLC  North American Driver License Compact
    NAFTA  North American Free Trade Agreement
    NAGHSR  National Association of Governor's Highway Safety Representatives
    NAIC  National Association Insurance Commissioners
    NAII  National Association of Independent Insurers
    NAJIS  National Association of Justice Informational Systems
    NAPHSIS National Association of Public Health Statistics & Information Systems
    NASI  North American Standard Inspection
    NCB  Network Control Block
    NCIC  National Crime Information Center
    NCS  Network Control Software
    NCSL  National Conference of State Legislatures
    NCUTCD  National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
    NCUTLO  National Committee on Uniform Traffic Laws & Ordinances
    NDAA  National District Attorneys Association
    NDR  National Driver Register
    NFF National Fingerprint File
    NGA  National Governors' Association
    NHS  National Highway System
    NHS3R National Highway System Resurfacing, Restoring & Rehabilitation
    NHTSA  National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
    NICB  National Insurance Crime Bureau
    NIEM     National Information Exchange Model
    NightCAP Nighttime Concentrated Alcohol Patrol
    NII  National Information Infrastructure
    NIST  National Institute of Standards and Technology
    NJE  Network Job Entry
    Nlets  International Justice & Public Safety Information Sharing Network 
    NMDA  National Minimum Drinking Age
    NMVTIS  National Motor Vehicle Title Information System
    NOI  Notice of Investigation
    NPRM  Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
    NPTC  National Private Truck Council
    NRVC  Non-Resident Violator Compact
    NSAW National Sleep Awareness Week
    NTS  National Transportation System
    NTSB  National Transportation Safety Board
    NVRA  National Voter Registration Act of 1993
     

     

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    OBSM  Onboard Safety Monitoring
    OD  Over-dimensional (pertains to vehicles)
    O&M  Operations & Maintenance
    OPM  Organization & Procedures Manual
    OPO  Organ Procurement Organizations
    OOS  Out-of-Service
    OS  Oversize (pertains to vehicles)
    OVD Optical Variable Device
    OW  Overweight (pertains to vehicles)
     

     

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    PAB  Public Address Book
    PACE  Public Affairs and Consumer Education Committee
    PAEB  Pan American EDIFACT Board
    PATH  Partners for Advanced Transit and Highways
    PCD  Personal Communications Device
    PDA  Personal Data Assistant
    PDPS  Problem Driver Pointer System
    PFMI  Private Fleet Management Institute
    PIN Product Identification Number (17-digit ID number for off-road vehicles)
    PMVI  Periodic Motor Vehicle Inspection
    PPT  Personalized Public Transit
    PRB  Procedures Review Board
    PRISM  Performance and Registration Information Management System
    PSC  Public Service Commission
    PS&E  Plans, Specifications & Estimates
    PSTN  Public Switched Telephone Network
    PTC  Public Transit Center
    PTDI Professional Truck Driver Institute
    PUC  Public Utilities Commission
     

     

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    QR  Quick Response
     

     

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    RAR  Return as Received
    RACF  Resource Access Control Facility
    RBOCs  Regional Bell Operating Companies
    RCMP Royal Canadian Mounted Police
    RFP  Request for Proposal
    RFTA  Regional Fuel Tax Agreement
    RIDE Records and Images from DMVs for E-Verify
    RJE  Remote Job Entry
    RRS  Rapid Response System (formerly NDR)
    RRT  Registration Renewal by Telephone
    RSPA  Research and Special Programs Administration
    RTAP  Rural Transportation Assistance Program
    RTTI  Real-time Traffic Information
     

     

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    SAE  Society of Automotive Engineers
    SAF  Security Access Facility
    SAFER  Safety and Fitness Electronic Record System
    SAFETEA-LU Safe Accountable Flexible Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users
    SAVE Systematic Alien Verification Entitlements (from the Real ID Act)
    SCE  Selective Compliance and Enforcement
    SCT  Secretary of Communications and Transportation
    SDLC  System Development Life Cycle (one use); Synchronous Data Link Control (second use)
    SDO Standards Development Organization
    SEB  Stateline Entry Beacon
    SHRP  Strategic Highways Research Project
    SHSA State Highway Safety Alliance
    SHSP State Homeland Security Program
    SIA Security Industry Association
    SIPs  System Implementation Plans
    SMR  Special Mobile Radio
    SNA  System Network Architecture
    SOA  State of Action
    SOC  State of Conviction
    SOI  State of Inquiry
    SOR  State of Record; State of Registration (second use)
    SOT  State of Title
    SOV  Single Occupancy Vehicle
    SPM  State Procedures Manual
    SR  Safety Review
    SRD  Systems Reference Document
    SR22  Financial Responsibility form which indicates that an individual has insurance coverage.
    SR26  Financial Responsibility form which indicates that an individual whose insurance, as demonstrated by a previous SR22, has been discontinued.
    SSA  Social Security Administration
    SSI  Single State Insurance
    SSN  Social Security Number
    SSOLV Social Security Online Verification
    SSRS Single State Registration System
    ST  State
    STAA  Surface Transportation Assistance Act
    STIP  Statewide Transportation Improvement Programs
    STOLEN  State On-Line Enforcement Network
    STP  Surface Transportation Program; Structured Test Packet
     

     

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    TEA-21 Transportation Equity Act of the 21st Century
    TEA-LU The Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy For Users (H.R. 3550)
    TIMA  Truth in Mileage Act of 1986
    TIN  Taxpayer Identification Number
    TIPs  Transportation Implementation Plans
    TMA  Transportation Management Areas
    TMC  Traffic Management Center
    TRALA  Truck Rental and Leasing Association
    TRI  Trucking Research Institute
    TRP Temporary Registration Plate
    TSA Transportation Security Administration
    TSBA  Transportation Services Bureau of America
    TSC  Travel Service Center
    TTT "Train the Trainer"
    TVC Temporary Vehicle Clearance
     

     

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    UCOF  United Council of Welfare Fraud
    UCR Uniform Crime Reporting
    UCS  Uniform Communications Standards
    UID Uniform Identification
    UN/ECE United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
    UN/EDIFACT United Nations EDI For Administration, Commerce and Transport
    UNI  Unified Network Interface
    UNSMs  UN/EDIFACT Standard Messages
    UN/TDI  United Nations Trade Data Interchange
    UPC  Universal Product Code
    USDOT  United States Department of Transportation
    UVC  Uniform Vehicle Code
    USA PATRIOT Act Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001
    USCG  United States Coast Guard
    USCIS United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
     

     

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    VAN  Value-Added Network
    VESC  Vehicle & Equipment Safety Commission
    VDEC Vehicle Document Examiner Certification
    VICS  Voluntary Inter-Industry Communications Subcommittee
    VIN  Vehicle Identification Number
    VIS  Vehicle Identification System
    VISTA  Vehicle Information System for Tax Apportionment
    VLF Vehicle License Fee
    VLS     Verification of Lawful Status
    VRC  Vehicle to Roadside
    VRT  Vehicle Registration & Title Committee
    VSI  Vehicle Safety and Inspection Committee
    VTIE  Vehicle Title Information Exchange
     

     

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    WAN  Wide Area Network
    WHO World Health Organization
    WIM  Weigh-In-Motion
     

     

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