A third-party tester is an entity certified by DMV to conduct the pre-trip inspection and road skills tests for commercial driver’s license (CDL) applicants. All third-party testers must employ at least one DMV-certified third-party examiner to administer these tests.
Who Can Be A Third-Party Tester
The following types of entities are eligible to become third-party testers:
- A business engaged in the use of commercial motor vehicles (CMV) that:
- Has been operating in Virginia for a minimum of one year, and
- Employed at least 50 CMV drivers during the 12-month period before it applied for certification. This includes part-time and seasonal drivers.
- A governmental entity (school systems, military bases, community colleges, government transit companies, etc.).
A Class A driver training school. See the Application Process for specific requirements.
If you don't meet the 50-drivers requirement, you may request to waive it. On your application, include a statement explaining how becoming a third-party tester will benefit your community.
Entry-Level Driver Training
Third-party testers have the option to provide entry-level driver training (ELDT) to CDL applicants. If you’re interested in providing ELDT, see our ELDT page for information on the requirements and application process.
Apply to be a Third-Party Tester
Businesses: See the Third-Party Testing Application Process for a walk through on getting certified as a third-party tester.
Apply to be a Third-Party Examiner
Individuals: See Applying to Become a Third-Party Examiner for a walk through on getting certified as a third-party examiner.