The Texas Commercial Driver License (CDL) Third Party Skills Testing (TPST) program was implemented in April 2017. The TPST program authorizes qualified companies certified by the Department to administer the driving skills examination for Class A, B, and C CDL applicants.
Certified CDL Third Party Skills Testing Providers are essential to the CDL program for the state of Texas. A certified TPST provider is a company authorized by the Department to administer CDL skills tests to its students and/or employees. To conduct CDL skills testing, a certified TPST provider must have a Designated Responsible Person and an Examiner certified by the Department. The certified TPST provider is responsible for submitting an application to the Department for both a Designated Responsible Person and an Examiner. All applicants for the CDL TPST Program must comply with the directives set forth by the Department.
Note: A skills test examiner, who is also a skills instructor either as a part of a school, training program or otherwise, is prohibited from administering a skills test to an applicant if they provided training to that applicant.
A company that wants to become a CDL TPST Provider must meet the following minimum requirements on the application checklist (CDL-14):
A Designated Responsible Person is a person selected by a Third Party Skills Testing Provider and certified by the Department to supervise examiners, and is responsible for all records and submission of reports.
An Examiner is an employee of a Third Party Skills Testing Provider who has been certified by the Department to administer skills tests to drivers applying for a Class A, B or C CDL.
The Designated Responsible Person and all Examiner(s) must have an application submitted to the Department by the CDL TPST provider and meet the following minimum requirements on the application checklist (CDL-16):
The potential CDL TPST Provider must submit the following information (click on below link to print form) to start the application process:
After receiving a conditional approval, the Program Review Section will provide informational materials for route establishment guidelines, and notify the Designated Responsible Person to submit the route certification form and required supporting documentation.
Once the CDL TPST Provider has submitted this information, the Driver License Division (DLD) Program Review Section will review all the information for accuracy and provide any feedback for changes, if necessary. The Designated Responsible Person must then make any necessary changes and submit the updated application to Program Review for final approval.
The Designated Responsible Person and any examiners must undergo a federal criminal history background check. Any examiners must also submit a certified abstract driving record. Program Review evaluates the records, and notifies the Designated Responsible Person of approval. Information regarding the background check process may be found on the CDL-15 form.
Upon approval by Program Review, the Designated Responsible Person is notified the examiner(s) must attend a 40 hour examiner training course. The course is scheduled by the Department. All examiners must pass the written and check ride examinations to complete the certification process.
At this time, the Designated Responsible Person is also notified to submit the route certification form for a primary and alternate skills exam route. The routes must be certified by Department personnel.
After receiving approval from Program Review for the examiner(s), Designated Responsible Person, and route certifications, a TPST provider may become certified.
All applications must be sent to the DLD Program Review Section either by email or by mail.
5805 N Lamar
Austin, TX 78752-0300
If you have any compliance concerns about a CDL Third Party Skills Testing (TPST) Provider, you can send an email to TPST_Inquiries@dps.texas.gov. In the body of the email, please provide a concise statement of the nature of the concern or complaint, including all relevant facts.