CDL Third Party Testing Program


A CDL Third-Party Testing Program or Tester is a specially licensed CDL Training Program approved by the Georgia Department of Driver Services to administer the CDL road skills test to students.

CDL Third-Party Examiners are specially licensed CDL Professionals approved by the Georgia Department of Driver Services to administer CDL testing at their employing Third-Party Tester.


Any CDL Training School fully certified by DDS for at least two calendar years without non-compliance. Additionally, any accredited Board of Education Program or College operated by this State, county, or municipality thereof.

If you are interested in operating as a CDL Third-Party Tester, you will be subjected to the following rules and regulations:

Code of Federal Regulations parts 380, 383, and 384

CDL Rules and Regulations
Commercial Driver Training Schools
Third-Party Tester Rules and Regulations


  • Completed CDL Third-Party Tester Application
  • All applicants, including owners, partners, corporate officers and/or controlling stockholders, are required to complete the GAPS fingerprinting requirement for a national and state fingerprint-based criminal background check.
  • All applicants including owners, partners, corporate officers and/or controlling stockholders must obtain and submit a certified Motor Vehicle Report (MVR) from each state in which they were licensed in the past 5 years except Georgia.
  • Signed Third-Party Testing Agreement by all applicants including owners, partners, corporate officers and/or controlling stockholders which will be provided by the Department after the application has been approved.
  • Submit required Download this pdf file. CDL Third-Party Tester Examiner Application(s) with all supporting documents (if necessary) and/or a list of examiners associated with the testing program.
  • Surety Bond with a principal sum of $10,000 for each location.
    • Note: This requirement does not apply to governmental entities.
  • School/Company standard business hours.
  • Level testing range minimum of 62,500 square feet with gravel, concrete, or asphalt.
  • Primary Road Skills Test Route and an Alternate Road Skills Test Route.
    • Note: Use Guidelines for Development of Road Skills Test Routes to develop the routes.


  1. Register for your criminal background check through the  Download this pdf file. Georgia Applicant Processing System. 
  2. Please submit your Download this pdf file. application packet by mail, along with fees and all supporting documents to the following:

Georgia Department of Driver Services
Attn: Regulatory Compliance – CDL Unit
2206 Eastview Parkway
Conyers, GA 30013


Please complete the application packet in its entirety to enable us to complete the process in a timely manner. It is advisable when mailing to use certified or mailing that can be tracked.  Our goal is to complete the processing of your application within 30 business days. Once the application and supporting documentation are received, we will contact you within 7-10 business days.