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Autonomous vehicles: Self-certification for testing in Washington state

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Who needs to self-certify?

You must self-certify if your company:

  • Conducts,
  • Tests, or
  • Operates autonomous vehicles on the roads of Washington state must self-certify.

How to self-certify

Before starting a pilot program, submit a Self-certification form to confirm you are compliant with the following.

Testing with human operators present

  • Only a trained employee, contractor, or other person authorized by your company can operate or monitor the vehicles.
  • You must monitor vehicles.
  • An operator must have the ability to direct the vehicle’s movement when it needs assistance.
  • Anyone operating an autonomous vehicle needs a valid U.S. driver license.
  • Companies must report to local law enforcement in advance of testing.
  • You must have proof of insurance.

Testing without human operators present

  • You must equip vehicles with an automated driving system. It must 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 follow all relevant Washington state motor vehicle laws.
  • Companies must report to local law enforcement in advance of testing.
  • You must have proof of insurance.

Insurance requirements

  • Companies must have an umbrella liability policy of not less than $5,000,000 per occurrence.
  • Companies must submit the Certificate of Insurance that shows they meet this rule.

Collision and Moving Violation Reporting Requirements

If you are self-certified, you must submit an Autonomous Vehicles Collision Report by February 1st every year.

Self-certified companies

  • NVIDIA Corporation
  • Waymo LLC
  • Zoox, Inc

Related information

Questions? Need help?

Email us: autonomousvehicles@dol.wa.gov

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