State updates commercial driver’s license tests

September 6, 2011

By Staff

The state Department of Licensing updated the driving tests taken by people seeking a commercial driver’s license Sept. 1.

The major change to the test requires drivers to complete a third backing-up exercise. In addition, the test’s scoring system has been updated to expand a tester’s ability to evaluate the driver’s performance during the road test.

The state also plans to adopt updated testing procedures next year to better measure a commercial driver’s ability to perform a commercial vehicle inspection.

Officials said the changes reflect national commercial driver’s license knowledge and skills-testing standards. Experts at the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators developed the standards. The changes also received the endorsement of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the regulator for the trucking industry.

Learn more about the changes at the Department of Licensing’s website,

Washington has about 200,000 commercial drivers or commercial permit holders, and gives about 10,000 commercial driver’s license skills tests each year.

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