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Pilot/Escort Vehicle Operator (P/EVO) 

Pilot/Escort Vehicle Operator (P/EVO)

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The training standards for P/EVO certification and the Evergreen Safety Council program comply with guidelines established by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and the Washington State Patrol (WSP). The training focuses on state regulations, procedures, safety practices, and operator responsibilities.

To receive certification:

  • Complete a one-day (approximately eight hours) training course.
  • Complete an open-book examination and achieve a minimum score of 80%.
  • Payment in full must be received

A successful candidate will receive a WSDOT P/EVO certification card that is valid for three years. The certification card may have a passport-size picture attached and can be laminated. Otherwise, a driver’s license must be shown if asked for verification of identification.

Note: Those with a Washington State driver’s license must have the Washington certification.

Requirements for Performing as a P/EVO

  • You must be 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license from any of the 50 U.S. states.
  • You must be able to read and speak English.
  • You must be able to perform flagging duties and traffic control.
  • You must be drug and alcohol free when performing P/E vehicle duties.
  • You must carry minimum liability insurance as required by Washington State.
  • You must wear corrective lenses while performing P/E duties if they required for driving.

Pilot/Escort Vehicle Operator Recertification

  • Operators are required to attend a refresher course (4 hours) every three years. Sometimes it is hard to find a refresher course so you may have to take the 6-8 hour course again.  There is no grace period for expired cards.

WA State Commercial Vehicle Services Information:

Anne Ford
Commercial Vehicle Services Administrator or (360) 705-7341
Jim Wright
Permits Program Manager or (360) 704-6345
Commercial Vehicle Website:

Where to get training:

Eastern Washington

Michael Blackmon – Northwest Safety Enterprises
(509) 684-7632

Central Washington

Moses Lake, Pasco:
Ron & Janice Buell – Oasis Pilot Car Services
(509) 760-3015 or (509) 750-8979

Southwest Washington

Freda GableFreda’s Pilot Car & Dispatch (360) 573-0222
SW Washington & NW Oregon:
Dee Bolden (360) 560-6984

Northwest Washington

Skagit Valley and North:
Jim Farrington – Think Safety 
(360) 770-3635
Bellingham Technical College
(360) 715-8350

Outside of Washington State

Margaret Pternitis  – Safety Training Consultants
(256) 238-1109

California + other locations as requested
Terry Kox – Amber Light Pilot Car Services
(909) 437-1070

Jeff Obrien (630) 258-4901
Fred & Karen Fory – Frog Truck Escort  (318) 469-3748 or
Shanwa Page – High County Safety Training
(406) 490-2522
New Mexico
David Hibbard – Nationwide Pilot Car
(321) 431-8000
George Lane – Flag Car Network (570) 768-1445
John Nix – J&J Pilot Car Services
(503) 990-5313
Billy Magill – Magill Escort Service (903) 738-4013
Mac Consulting 403-502-6588
Canada/Western Canada
Daniel Boyer – BDR Safety Consulting Inc
(360) 737-2911

Upcoming Courses:

Pilot/Escort Vehicle Operator Training (P/EVO):
May 29 – Kirkland WA
Aug 21 – Kirkland WA
Nov 6 – Kirkland WA
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