Third Party Testing Program FAQs
1. What is the Driver Training Third Party Testing Program?
The Third Party Testing Program is program in which the Department of Driver Services (DDS) authorizes certified driver training schools and instructors to administer the road skills tests to individuals that have completed a 30 and 6 driver education course at the driver training school. View the Driver Training and Third Party Testing Rules and Regulations for more information.
2. What is the difference between a Third Party Tester and a Third Party Examiner?
A Third Party Tester is a certified driver training school that has been approved to offer the road skills testing at their facility. A Third Party Examiner is a certified driver training instructor who has been approved to administer the road skills test to students.
3. What are the qualifications to become a Third Party Tester and Third Party Examiner?
Driver training schools that have been certified for a minimum of two (2) years with an acceptable compliance record and have offered, on a full-time basis, both the 30 hour classroom and 6 hour behind the wheel components may apply to become a third party tester. The Third Party Tester Application can be downloaded from our website. Please include all required documents on the application checklist when you submit it to DDS. All owners/corporate officers are required to submit electronic fingerprints through the Georgia Applicant Processing System as part of the application process.
Driver training instructors who have been certified with DDS for a minimum of two (2) years and are employed by a third party tester may apply to become an examiner. Applicants must pass a training course and a written examination. The Third Party Examiner Application can be downloaded from our website. Please include all required documents on the application checklist when you submit it to DDS. All applicants are required to submit electronic fingerprints through the Georgia Applicant Processing System as part of the application process.
4. Does a Third Party Tester issue a driver's license?
No. Individuals who pass a road skills test administered by a third party examiner are issued a certificate that must be presented in person to the DDS along with an application for a Class D or Class C driver's license.
5. Can anyone take the road skills test at a Third Party Tester?
No. Only individuals who have completed a driver education course consisting of 30 hours classroom and 6 hours behind the wheel instruction at the third party tester's facility are eligible for testing.
6. How do I become a CDL Third Party Tester?
The CDL Third Party Testing Program is administered by the CDL Compliance Unit. Please visit the CDL Regulated Program page for information and applications.
7. I am currently certified in the Third Party Testing Program. How do I recertify?
Third Party Testing Program certifications are valid for a four-year period. You may download the TPT Tester Recertification Application from our website. Please submit the application at least 30 to 60 days prior to the expiration date and include all required documents listed on the application checklist. You may download the TPT Examiner Recertification Application from our website. Please submit the application at least 30 to 60 days prior to the expiration date and include all required documents listed on the application checklist. Fingerprinting is required for recertification.
8. I was fingerprinted when I initially became certified for the Third Party Testing Program. Why do I need to be re-fingerprinted again for recertification?
Fingerprints that are used for non-criminal justice purposes are only retained by the Georgia and Federal Bureaus of Investigation for a matter of days and then purged, hence the need to be re-fingerprinted. In addition, the decision to recertify an individual or entity must be based on current criminal history results.
9. Will I receive a reminder about the expiration of my certification?
As of April 1, 2014, all Renewal Reminder Notices to programs and instructors are only sent via email. As a result, it is imperative that DDS is notified immediately of any changes of email addresses. Please be mindful that DDS sends renewal reminder notices as a courtesy. Programs and instructors should be cognizant of their expiration dates and begin the renewal process within 30 to 60 days prior to that date.