Employer registration and certification: CDL

How to register as an employer

You must register with us before you can certify that your employee has the skills and training necessary to operate a commercial motor vehicle safely.

You’re not required to submit a course outline or curriculum for approval. This requirement only applies to private or public schools who offer CDL training.

The driver is required to take the CDL knowledge and skills test. The employer certificate only waives them from attending a CDL school.

To register as an employer:

  1. Complete the Commercial Driver Employer Registration. Be sure to:
    • Type the information. We can’t accept handwritten registrations.
    • Provide your Unified Business Identifier (UBI) number.
    • Include the names and signatures of all individuals authorized to sign the employer certificate.
    • Sign and date the form. Forms submitted without a signature or date won’t be accepted.
  2. Submit the form:
    • Mail:
      PSD
      Department of Licensing
      PO Box 9030
      Olympia, WA 98507-9030
    • Fax: 360.570.7858.
    • Email: p2CallBacks@dol.wa.gov.

Getting your employer ID number

After we’ve approved your registration, we’ll email your unique employer ID number to you. Put this number on every Commercial Driver Employer Certification form you issue.

Updaing the registration form

Any time you make changes, submit a new Commercial Driver Employer Registration form as described above. Please add your employer ID number at the top of the form.

How to certify your employees

After you’ve received your employer ID number, you may certify your commercial drivers who have the skills and training necessary to operate a commercial vehicle safely. Employees won’t need certification to take CDL knowledge or skills tests, but must present an original certificate when their CDL is issued.

To issue a certificate for a driver:

  1. Complete a Commercial Driver Training Employer Certification. Be sure to:
    • Type the information. We can’t accept handwritten certificates.
    • Enter your employer ID number in the “Employer ID number” field.
    • Provide your Unified Business Identifier (UBI) number.
    • Indicate the class of vehicle the employee is certified to operate.
  2. Print the certification on white paper and sign it. The employee will need the original certificate to present to a driver licensing office when they’re issued a CDL. We can only accept an original.
  3. After the driver has completed the knowledge and skills test, the employee will need the original certificate to present to a driver licensing office when they’re issued a CDL. We can only accept an original.

Questions?

If you have questions or need help filling out any of these forms, contact the CDL Program at 360.902.3619.

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