Per the state, "The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) is responsible for compliance with FMCSA Regulations 49 CFR, Part 383 and Chapter 322 of the lorida Statutes as they pertain to commercial driver license skill testing. The FLHSMV accomplishes this by licensing Third Party Administrators and Third Party Testers who administer those tests. A third party administrator surety bond is one of the statutory requirements for completing the licensing process.
The third party tester performance bond requirement is enforced pursuant to Federal Code. Pursuant to §383.75, the domiciliary state may (v) require the third party tester to initiate and maintain a surety bond in an amount determined by the state to be sufficient to pay for re-testing drivers in the event that the third party or one or more of its examiners is involved in fraudulent activities related to conducting skills testing of applicants for a CDL. A third party tester that is a government entity is not required to maintain a TPA performance bond. The financial assurance thresholds are determined by the volume, i.e., number of tests given per annum pursuant to the following formula:
The Florida CDL third party administrator performance bond must be submitted with the state's "prequalifying application". There are also very specific liability insurance certificate, staffing plan and background check requirements which must accompany the surety bond. All materials are submitted to the FLHSMV.
Neil Kirkman Building
CDL Third Party Testing Registration
2900 Apalachee Parkway
Tallahassee, FL 32399
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