Learn about how we define autonomous vehicles, who needs to self-certify that they are eligible to test autonomous vehicles on Washington state public roads, and how to self-certify.
Before you get started
Self-certifying that you are eligible to test autonomous vehicles on Washington public roads is a different process than registering a vehicle. Autonomous vehicles also need vehicle registration. Learn more about registering vehicles in Washington.
The DOL does not have its own definition for an autonomous vehicle. We use definitions set by the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). You can read more about automated vehicle features on the NHTSA website.
Who must self-certify
Companies conducting, testing, and operating autonomous vehicles on the roads of Washington state must self-certify.
How to self-certify
In accordance with Executive Order 17-02, before beginning a pilot program, submit an Autonomous Vehicle 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
- 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
- The operator must carry proof of valid insurance
Testing without human operators present
We require proof of insurance even when human operators are not 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 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
- 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.
- NVIDIA Corporation
- Waymo LLC
- Zoox, Inc