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Skills test: CDL

Drivers are no longer required to get a Skills Test Results form from a Driver Licensing Office. The process for skills test scheduling and training certificate submission has changed as of April 30, 2018.

Things to know

You can't take a skills test until we've approved your training certificate or agribusiness waiver. Skills test taken before we've approved these documents will require the driver to take the skills test again.

You must take a skills test anytime you:

  • Get an original CDL
  • Get a CDL with agribusiness restriction.
  • Upgrade your commercial license for:
    • A higher commercial class.
    • Adding endorsements that require a skills test.
    • Passenger endorsement.
    • School bus endorsement.
    • Tank vehicle endorsement (only if testing and or training in tank vehicle).
    • Removing an air brake.
    • Removing no manual transmission restriction.
    • Removing non tractor trailer restriction.
  • Haven't had a CDL 1 year or more for any reason except license expiration. If the only reason you have not had a CDL is because your license expired, you have up to 6 years to renew the CDL without having to test or show training requirements. Late renewal fee will apply.

A skills test isn't required for the following endorsements:

  • Tanker
  • Hazmat
  • Double/Triple

The cost of the skills test can vary depending on the type of vehicle and who you take your test with:

  • A truck or passenger (excluding school bus) skills test taken with an Independent third-party examiners (TPE) or DOL examiner: $250
  • Any type of vehicle for Head Start employee: $225
  • A school bus test taken with Educational School District, DOL examiner or TPE: $100

If you change examiners on your 2nd test attempt a $250 to $100 test fee will apply.

There are 3 components of a skills test:

  • Pre-trip Inspection
  • Basic Controls (backing exercise)
  • Road Test

You have to wait 14 days after we've issued your original or upgraded CLP before you can take the skills test.

Overview

  1. Be sure your training certificate or agribusiness application has been approved by us before taking the skills test.
  2. Take the test.
  3. Get your CDL.

1. Schedule your test

Approval of your training certificate from an approved school, a registered employer, or agribusiness application is required before taking a skills test. If prior approval isn't completed the skills test will have to be taken again. Send the training certificate to CDLTrainingCerts@dol.wa.gov for approval. If a training certificate is not required, but you are taking a skills test to upgrade your CDL, contact 360.902.3785 to get approval to test with a TPE or DOL examiner.

  • If testing with a DOL examiner:
    • Contact us at 360.902.3785 to schedule any skills test.
    • Payment will be made over the phone via credit card for one or more persons in one transaction.
    • Other payment options available are debit, pre-paid card, or mailing a check.
  • If testing with a Third Party Examiner (TPE):
    • Contact them to schedule your test
    • Pay the test fee to them, they should issue you a receipt.
    • You must schedule your test at least 3 days before you want to take it.

2. Take the test

Bring all the following to a CDL skills test location or you won't be able to take the test:

  • An unloaded commercial vehicle in the type of vehicle for which you wish to be licensed.
    • It must be in safe operating condition and free of all hazardous material
    • If needed, proof that the vehicle is clean after transporting hazardous materials
    • For passenger endorsement, bring a bus designed to carry 16 or more passengers with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of:
      • 26,001 or more for a Class B CDL
      • 26,000 or less for a Class C CDL
    • For a school bus endorsement, bring any school bus with a GVWR of:
      • 26,001 or more for a Class B CDL
      • 26,000 or less for a Class C CDL
    • If you pass the passenger and school bus knowledge tests:
      • You can take a skills test in a school bus and receive both passenger and school bus endorsement.
    • If you have a Class C CDL with a passenger endorsement and you test for a school bus endorsement with a GVWR of 26,001 or more:
      • We'll upgrade you to a Class B CDL
  • Your valid WA driver license with CLP
  • A valid Medical Examiners Certificate if applicable:
    • State Waiver
    • Skills Performance Evaluation Certificate
    • Federal Medical Waiver
  • Proof of insurance or letter from the vehicle's owner that authorizes its use for your test.

What to expect when you take the test

  • It takes about 2 hours and includes the following (in order):
    1. Pre-trip inspection. If you fail this part, the test is over
    2. Basic controls test (backing exercises)
    3. Road test
  • You can't:
    • Use help aids or an interpreter
    • Mark or label components
  • The test is in English
  • Be sure you have studied sections 11, 12, and 13 of the CDL guide
  • You'll need to:
    1. Describe and provide criteria for inspections items
    2. Describe and show the air supply system check
    3. Back the vehicle through a pre-designated course
    4. Safely operate the vehicle per criteria in the guide

If you don't pass all 3 components of the test, schedule a retest

  • Make sure your CLP is valid. If it will expire before an open test time, you'll need to get a new permit.
  • Your skills test form covers 2 tests.
  • If you test once and decide to change to a different examiner:
    • None of your previous scores will transfer*
    • You'll have to retake and pass all 3 parts of the test*
    • Testing fee will apply
    *This doesn't apply if you tested with DOL and change to a TPE
  • You need to wait to retake the test:
    If you don't pass the: You can retake the test:
    Pre-trip inspection In 3 days
    Basic controls test In 3 days
    Road test In 7 days
    Equipment failure

    No wait time and it does not count as a test.

    If you passed the pre-trip inspection in a previous test, the vehicle must also pass a safety inspection when you retake it.

  • If you fail, schedule your retest:
    • If you tested with a DOL examiner, call the Centralized Scheduling Program at 360.902.3785 (this number is only for scheduling and skills test payment). When you call, have the following ready:
      1. Your WA driver license number
      2. The site you tested at before
      3. The date you last tested
    • If you tested with a TPE, contact them.
  • If you tested with a TPE, contact them

If you don't pass all 3 components of the skills test before your CLP expires and you have to renew it, you'll have to retake any passing components of the test again. Your CLP expires at 12:01 a.m. of the expiration date printed on CLP.

3. Get your CDL

You must wait 24 hours after passing all 3 components of the skills test before the CDL can be issued.

Skills test scores are valid for 180 days. We calculate the 180 days starting when you pass the first component of the skills test.

Take the following to a driver licensing office to get your CDL:

  1. Your valid driver license.
  2. Your Medical Examiners Certificate and if applicable any other medical documents.
  3. Proof of U.S. Citizenship or Lawful Permanent Residency. See list of approved documents.
  4. Approved Agribusiness application if applicable.

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