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FAQs

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I have commercial driving experience. Do I still need to be certified?

Yes. Even if you have a CDL, you must still be certified as a P/EVO in order to operate a pilot car in Washington or Colorado.

I’m certified in another state. Can I transfer that?

Certifications are not transferable between states. In other words, you may not exchange your state certification for a different state certification. However, many states have reciprocity and acceptance agreements, making it possible for P/EVOs who are certified in one state to legally operate in another.

Note that each state has its own specific requirements for P/EVOs, equipment, and procedures. It is your responsibility to understand the laws and regulations in each state you operate in.

I operate in another state. Should I get certified in Washington or Colorado?

It depends. Washington and Colorado each have agreements with other states that allow operators with valid cards to operate legally in those states, provided they follow all state laws, rules, and regulations. If you operate in a state that has reciprocity with either Washington or Colorado, you may want to consider getting certified in one of these states. Refer to this chart from the Federal Highway Administration for details on reciprocity.

How do I get recertified as a Colorado P/EVO?

Colorado Pilot/Escort Vehicle Operators who have been certified through ESC or through an approved Colorado Training Agency can be re-certified through ESC.

ESC-Certified Colorado Operators

Prior to the card expiring, operators who are currently certified in the State of Colorado by Evergreen Safety Council are allowed to recertify for one additional four year period by taking an online proctored exam without attending a class. ESC holds records of class attendance and certifications, and will verify that the student attended a previous ESC classroom or online training.

Operators who only attended a testing session the last time they certified will be required to attend a full-day P/EVO training session.

Operators Certified Through an Approved Colorado Training Agency

Prior to the card expiring, Operators certified through an approved Colorado Pilot/Escort training agency other than ESC must provide written documentation verifying that the last attended training was either a testing or classroom session. If it was a classroom session, then the operator will be allowed to recertify for one additional four year period by taking an online proctored exam without attending a class.

Operators who only attended a testing only session the last time they certified will be required to attend a full-day P/EVO training session.

How do I get recertified as a Washington State P/EVO?

If your certification has not expired, you may recertify by attending a 4-hour recertification course and passing the exam with an 80% or better. You must submit proof of current Washington State certification in order to enroll in a 4-hour recertification course.

Recertifications are also issued through our 8-hour course. See the class schedule for our current offerings.

How can I get a replacement card?

Evergreen Safety Council provides replacement cards for a $20 fee, as long as the student can be verified as currently certified according to our records. The student must provide first and last name, mailing address, phone number, ID number used on the card (if any), and location and approximate date of training.

Who enforces certification requirements?

Certification is enforced by the State Patrol on highways and at the weigh stations.

Who is required to undergo P/EVO training?

Anyone serving as a Pilot/Escort Vehicle Operator within the borders of Washington State or Colorado must be trained and certified.

Is training and certification required?

Yes, training and certification are required for Pilot/Escort Vehicle Operators in both Washington and Colorado.

Is training available at a company’s facility?

Yes. Contact Evergreen Safety Council for more information.

How long is the certification valid for?

Washington and Idaho certifications are valid for four years. Oregon certification is valid for three years.

How long is the certification valid for?

Washington and Idaho certifications are valid for four years. Oregon certification is valid for three years.

How can I register?

You can register online by visiting our registration portal, located in the top right corner of this window.

Where are the classes located?

Please visit our course calendar for a complete list of scheduled classes.

What states accept the TCS cards?

Washington only accepts a Washington State card at this time. Oregon only accepts an Oregon State card at this time.

Idaho will accept both Washington and Oregon TCS cards; however, the TCS is responsible for reviewing Idaho standards and laws.

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