CDL Third Party Testing
The driving skills test can be administered by third party examiners who have certified in CDL skills testing procedures. An example of a third party tester would be a company that provides their own testing for a fee. Third party tester fees are determined by the tester.
After completion of a driving skills test with a third party tester, they will submit the test results electronically to the Driver License Division. They will also give the applicant a copy of the test administered in a sealed envelope. This envelope must be brought with the applicant to the Driver License Division unopened in order to complete the CDL.
Would you like to become a third party tester/examiner?
Third party testers are essential in the CDL program for the state of Utah. A tester is the company that can administer CDL driving skills test. Examiners are individual employees that work for a tester (company.) Examiners must complete the 40-hour training program offered by Salt Lake Community College. See numbers below to schedule with them. Once complete, examiners can then apply for certification with the Driver License Division to test the driving skills portion of the CDL licensing process.
Applicants for third party examiners may become certified by reading and complying with Administrative Rule R708-21.
The potential third party tester/examiner must submit the following information:
- Third party tester application
- Third party examiner application for each examiner
- Business license
- Signature card for each examiner
- Agreement form
- Surety bond
- Fingerprint card for all examiners, for a criminal background check (tester or examiners are responsible for all costs associated with the background check)
- Approved route
- Letter from owner of property where skills tests take place
Once the tester has submitted this information, the Driver License Division has 60 days to review all the information for accuracy and provide any feedback for changes if necessary. The examiner must then fix any problems and submit the changes to the Driver License Division for final approval.
Once all background checks have been completed a test must be observed by the Driver License Division before final approval is given. The Driver License Division is checking to make sure that the location meets the requirements of administrative rule.
Classes are taught at the Salt Lake Community College (SLCC), contact them to schedule 801.957.2266 or 801.957.2265. (To inquire about the class you can contact SLCC during regular business hours. After hours or during college breaks you’ll need to leave a message and a staff member will return your call once regular business hours have resumed.)
For additional information contact our Customer Service Section at 801.965.4437 or toll free at 888.353.4224.