Autonomous vehicles: Self-certification for testing in Washington state

Who needs to self-certify?

Companies conducting, testing, and operating autonomous vehicles on the roads of Washington state.

How to self-certify

Before beginning a pilot program, submit a Self-certification form confirming that you are compliant with the following:

Testing with human operators present

  • Only a trained employee, contractor, or other person authorized by the company developing the autonomous technology can operate or monitor the vehicles.
  • Vehicles must be monitored, and an operator must have the ability to direct the vehicle’s movement if assistance is required.
  • Anyone operating an autonomous vehicle needs a valid U.S. driver license.
  • Proof of insurance is required by RCW 46.30.020.

Testing without human operators present

  • Vehicles must be equipped with an automated driving system that performs all driving tasks on a part or full-time basis within their operational design limits. Vehicles must also be able to make it to a safe condition in the event of a system failure.
  • Vehicles must comply with Washington state motor vehicle laws relevant to the vehicle’s operational design limits.
  • Proof of insurance is required by RCW 46.30.020.

Self-certified companies

  • TORC Robotics

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Questions? Need help?

Email us: autonomousvehicles@dol.wa.gov

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