The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration took a step toward the pending electronic logging mandate with a notice about registering the devices log manufacturers will bring to market.

The agency’s Electronic Logging Device (ELD) rule, which is expected to be published next year, will require manufacturers to register their devices and certify that they meet technical standards.

In a Federal Register notice Tuesday the agency asked for comments on its plan to fulfill this requirement.

The agency said it expects 22 manufacturers to register as many as four devices each.

The agency will issue an identification number for each device and will post a list of manufacturers and their devices on a web site so carriers can find out which devices have been approved.

The agency is accepting comments on this plan until December 29.