Employer Testing Program Application

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The Employer Testing Program (ETP) allows commercial employers to administer the drive test to employees pursuing their commercial driver license, instead of requiring them to go to DMV.

ETP Requirements

Commercial employers, employer administrators, authorized representatives, and examiners must meet DMV requirements to participate in the ETP. 

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How to Apply for the ETP

To apply for the program, submit the following:

We will use the information in the application package to determine if your organization qualifies to issue the Certificate of Driving Skill, (DL 170 ETP).

Once you have completed these forms and collected all documents, visit a DMV inspector office to submit your paperwork and fees.


  • $45 non-refundable application fee

Additional Requirements

The principal name and doing business as (DBA) must be an exact match on the Employer Testing Program Application for Employer Number (DL 520 ETP) and the Employer Testing Program Surety Bond (DL 524 ETP). Changes or corrections to a form will void the form unless initialed by the person who made them. There are two exceptions:

  1. The Certificate of Driving Skill (DL 170 ETP) must be submitted without error.
  2. The Surety Bond (DL 524 ETP) must either be completed error-free or a surety bond rider must accompany the bond. The Surety Bond rider may be used to correct the principal name and DBA, employer testing firm service address, and/or the effective date.

Prior to receiving authorization to participate in the ETP, an onsite review may be required to demonstrate that the employer’s drive test uses standards comparable to those used by DMV examiners to license commercial drivers.

How to Renew an ETP Employer Number and Examiner Certification

Renew an Employer Number

You need to renew your ETP employer number every 3 years in order to continue conducting commercial drive tests.  It is strongly recommended that you submit the forms at least 45 days prior to the expiration of your employer number.

To renew your employer number, submit the following:

Renew an Examiner Certification

In order to continue to be authorized as an ETP examiner, you must provide evidence of ongoing  skills testing every year. To verify, submit an Examiner Driver Testing Log (DL 819 ETP) annually to verify 10 vehicle inspections, 10 controlled skills tests, and 10 road tests were given to 10 different applicants in the previous calendar year.

If you’re unable to complete this requirement, you must successfully pass an examiner course provided by DMV. There is a non-refundable Examiner class training fee of $150. To request training, complete and mail the Refresher Training Request (DL 818 ETP).

Additionally, the examiner certification needs to be renewed every 4 years. It is strongly recommended that you submit the forms at least 45 days prior to the expiration of your examiner authorization.

To renew your ETP Examiner authorization, submit an Employer Testing Program Examiner Certification Application (DL 811 ETP).

How to Modify an ETP Participant, Administrator, or Examiner Certification

The following changes must be reported to DMV within 10 days of occurrence for modification of ETP authorization:

  • A change of address.
  • A change of authorized representative.
  • A change in class of license for which driver testing authority is requested.
  • Change of ETP Administrator (also requires an Employer Testing Program Agreement (DL 520B ETP)).
  • A change of employer name. This request must be accompanied by:

These requests may be made in writing on company letterhead stationary or by submitting a completed and signed Employer Testing Program Application for Employer Number (DL 520 ETP).

When submitting a modification request on the company letter head, the request must include the:

  • ETP employer number.
  • Type of change: address, authorized representative, or class of license.
  • Specifics of the change.
  • Effective date.
  • Administrator signature.
  • Signature date.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Any changes to a route must be submitted for approval to DMV’s local inspector’s office using the Employer Testing Program Commercial DPE Maneuver Checklist DL 807 ETP, the Employer Testing Program Commercial Driving Performance Evaluation Route and Directions form DL 814 ETP, along with a route map for each driving test route (primary and alternate).

No, all listed road test elements must be present on the Employer Testing Program Commercial DPE Maneuver Checklist DL 807 ETP and the Commercial Driving Performance Evaluation Route and Directions form DL 814 ETP.

No, DMV requires the employer to have an approved primary and alternate drive test route before they can be used.

Yes, as long as you do not score two maneuvers at the same place and time.

The duration of the drive test route is not limited, but must include the entire required ETP driving test route elements.

No, they can be conducted on different days. However, the ETP CDL Driving Performance Evaluation Score Sheet (DL 65 EPT Part II) date field should indicate the day the road test was completed.

No, a driver must pass the vehicle inspection and basic controlled skills test before doing the road test.

Yes, but the tests must be conducted in a representative vehicle of the same class (A or B) the driver plans to operate. The vehicle must have the same type of braking system, weight rating, transmission system, controls, steering control, and axles.

The route approval number is a number used to track all drive test routes used by ETP participants. It verifies that the routes established include 24 scored route elements for each route.

The employer must submit the commercial driving performance evaluation route and directions DL 814 ETP and the Employer Testing Program Commercial DPE Maneuver Checklist DL 807 ETP identifying all of the route elements necessary to be able to develop two separate routes that can be verified on a map and/or during an on-site inspection.

You can give notification by writing to the DMV’s local inspector’s office within 10 days of the change of address on company letterhead or by submitting a completed and signed Application, DL 520 ETP with the new address.

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