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Skills Performance Evaluation Program

Definition

The Skill Performance Evaluation Certiticate program (SPE) is a federally sponsored program available to drivers with certain physical limitations affecting their ability to safely operate a commercial motor vehicle. The program allows drivers of commercial vehicles (CDL drivers) with missing or impaired limbs to drive commercial vehicles across state lines, provided that they have been fitted with and wear the correct prosthetic device and can demonstrate driving competency.

SPE Certificates Issued by DMV

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles has been granted permission to issue federal SPE Certificates. CDL drivers licensed in Virginia and subject to the Federal SPE requirements under § 49 CFR 391.49 can fulfill the Federal requirements with a SPE certificate issued by DMV. The State-issued SPE will be based on standards, processes and procedures comparable to those used by FMCSA. The State will maintain copies of all evaluation forms and certificates issued to enable FMCSA to conduct periodic reviews of the program. Virginia licensed CDL drivers who receive the State issued SPE are allowed to drive commercial motor vehicles anywhere in the United States.

For more information on the SPE Certification Program, refer to FMCSA - Skill Performance Evaluation Certificate Program.

Application Form

Application Process

  • Obtain the application either online or at a customer service center.
  • Submit the application either in person at a customer service center or by mail to:
    • Department of Motor Vehicles
    • Medical Review Services
    • Post Office Box 27412
    • Richmond, Virginia 23269-0001