What is a Wisconsin CDL Third Party Tester Bond?

Wisconsin CDL Third Party Tester BondThe Wisconsin Department of Transportation requires third-party testing companies and examiners to conduct Commercial Driver License (CDL) exams on behalf of the State, and in compliance with the Wisconsin Chapter Trans 115 and AAMVA 2005 testing model.

To be a Commercial Driver License (CDL) third party tester, the state mandates that they obtain a surety bond. The bond guarantees reimbursement for retesting of drivers in case a commercial driver license (CDL) third party testing company or one or more of its examiners is involved in fraudulent activities connected with conducting skills testing for applicants for a CDL.

Along with the CDL Third Party Tester Bond, commercial driver license third party testers need to complete a Third Party Testing Company Application MV3547, a Commercial Driver License Third Party Testing Company Agreement MV3549 and provide proof of required insurance.


What are the bond conditions?

  • The Surety must be authorized to conduct business in the State of Wisconsin.
  • The testing company (Principal) and the Surety are firmly bound to the State Department of Transportation for repayment for retesting of drivers in the event that CDL third party testers and examiners commit violations and fraud in relation to conducting skills testing for CDL applicants.
  • The Principal has applied for or has been granted, approval to do business as a CDL third-party testing company pursuant to subchapter II of chapter 343 Wisconsin statutes, or any successor statutes then amended or created, and in accordance with state rules and regulations.
  • The bond remains continuous in nature. In case of renewal, the liability of the Surety shall not be cumulative. Regardless of the number of years that this bond is continued, or the number of annual premiums that are paid, the aggregate liability of the Surety during the entire period in which this bond is in force will not exceed the stated amount of this bond.
  • The Surety holds the right to terminate the bond giving 30 days’ written notice to the State Department of Transportation.


What is the bond amount?

The bond amount is the sum stated by the State Department and based upon the number of CDL skills tests conducted annually by the testing company.

The cost of the bond (bond premium) is a percentage of the bond amount, which ranges from 1%-5%. Your financials will help determine the cost of the bond. A surety underwriter will conduct a pre-qualification process to identify if you qualify for the bond.


How can I obtain a CDL Third Party Tester Bond?

To secure this type of bond, the applicant must seek the assistance of a surety bond company.

You will be asked to apply for this bond.

Once the application is received, the surety bond company will immediately process it. In our case, one of our expert surety bond agents will guide you through the whole process from the time you applied for the bond. We will make sure that you understand all the conditions before we issue the bond.

A certified surety underwriter will evaluate the following:

  • Your financial strength
  • Your job/business performance history
  • Your credit score
  • Your copy of the bond form (which can be obtained from the State Department of Transportation)

Once the prequalification process is fulfilled, we will execute the bond and send it to you!

All CDL third-party testing companies and CDL third-party testing examiners are required to renew their State Department of Transportation authorization certificate annually. Renewing your authorization certificate means renewal of your bond as well.

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