To qualify for certification as a Third Party Examiner at a Class A Driver Training School, you must:
- Be an employee of the Class A driver training school
- Possess a valid Virginia commercial driver's license with the classification and endorsements required for operation of the class and type of commercial motor vehicle used in skills tests conducted by the examiner
- Within three years prior to application, have had no driver's license suspensions, revocations or disqualifications
- Have no more than six (6) demerit points on your driving record and not be on probation under the Virginia Driver Improvement Program
- Within three years prior to application, have had no conviction for any offense listed in § 46.2-341.18 or § 46.2-341.19, whether or not such offense was committed in a commercial motor vehicle and
- If you are employed by a school board, be certified by the Virginia Department of Education as a school bus training instructor
Note: Third party examiners may be certified to conduct skills tests on behalf of only one Class A driver training school third party tester at any given time.
How to Apply
To apply for certification as a Third Party Tester Examiner for a Class A Driver Training School, you must:
- Submit a Class A Driver Training School Third Party Tester Examiner Certification Application (TPT 576)
- Submit a national criminal records check (FBI Record). A FBI record is required for each examiner at the time of application Records can be requested from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) or by calling (304) 625-5590.
- Submit an annual fee of $50 for each examiner
Evaluation by the Department
The Department will evaluate the materials submitted by the third party examiner applicant as well as the applicant's driving record. If the application materials and driving record are satisfactory, the Department will schedule the applicant for third party examiner training.