Texas driving skill test providers need to file a Commercial Driver License (CDL) Third Party Skills Test Provider Surety Bond to be certified. The CDL Skills Test Provider Bond is used to reimburse drivers who need to retake a skills test because the examiner or testing provider has engaged in fraudulent activity.
The Department of Public Safety regulates the issuance of commercial driver licenses, including testing, to maintain the quality of drivers and preserve public safety.
Jet offers the CDL Third Party Test Provider Bond for as low as $25 per month or $250 per year. Of course, the price will be based on the bond limit that is needed and the credit of the applicant. The bond must be held in the amount of $25,000 per certified examiner. The chart below shows rates for an applicant with preferred credit.
Personal and business financials may be requested if the bond amount is significantly higher than the $25,000.
Applying for your bond is easy with Jet! Our team has simplified the application process to only ask for the required information. This means general business information, as well as a social security number that is used for the credit check. Once you have finished putting in the information, you will have one of two things happen:
After you have purchased your bond, Jet will send a digital copy of your bond and a receipt to you in an email. We will then prepare the bond form and mail it to you to sign and file it along with your application for certification with the Department. The address for submitting your bond and application is:
Texas Department of Public Safety
PO Box 4087
Austin, TX 78773-0320
Once your bond is on file, you must maintain an active bond along with your certification. Jet will send you renewal notices when it is time, except for monthly payments which automatically renew as long as payments continue. For annual terms, just complete the renewal notice and mail it back or click the link in the email to instantly renew your bond.
If you need to cancel your bond, email Jet at [email protected]. We can send a cancellation request but ultimately, the Department must release you and Jet from liability under the bond.
The CDL Third Party Skills Testing Provider Bond serves the purpose of reimbursing drivers for the cost of having to retake the test when the fault lies with the examiner. Any dishonest behavior from the examiner that compromises the integrity of driver skills testing can result in drivers having to retake the skills test.
Preventing bond claims goes hand in hand with following the obligations of your certification as a third-party driver skills testing provider, such as the Commercial Driver License Skills Testing Provider Memorandum of Understanding in addition to Section 16.31 of Title 37 of the Texas Administrative Code. You are also obligated to comply with the standards for testing in Section 522.023 of the Texas Transportation Code.
The kind of fraudulent activity that can invalidate the tests that you have provided and require retesting is described in the Memorandum. Here are a few examples:
If you receive a claim against the bond, Jet will check its validity. However, if it is legitimate, Jet will be obligated to pay out the claim, up to the full amount of the bond. Since the bond was used to guarantee your faithful performance, your dishonest actions broke that agreement and you will be responsible for paying Jet back in the amount of the claim payout.
Perhaps; the CDL testing provider must have liability insurance of a minimum of $1,000,000 for each of the following:
A surety bond may be used instead of liability insurance but must be in the same amount as the liability insurance. It’s important to note that surety bonds don’t work like insurance would: you pay a small amount to receive a bond, but if claims come in, you will have to repay the surety company for any payouts.