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Commercial Driver's License Third Party Testing Anti-Fraud Software


To develop and deploy software to be used by State Departments of Motor Vehicles (DMVs) that detects and/or deters fraud by third-party and State commercial driver's license (CDL) skills testers during testing activities


The project was prompted by a May 2002 U.S. Department of Transportation/Inspector General's report regarding CDL fraud and the actions that need to be taken by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The CDL Test and Commercial Driver's Permit (CDP) Standard issued in May 2011 addresses the issues in the report. The Commercial Skills Testing Information Management System (CSTIMS) is the software that was developed by this project, and it can help State DMVs satisfy many of the new requirements in the new standard pertaining to fraud prevention.


CSTIMS is Web-based software-as-a-service that allows jurisdictional motor vehicle administrators to use an electronic, automated system to manage CDL skills testing. The system provides the ability to register testing organizations, record information pertinent to examiners (e.g., sanctions, suspensions, and certifications), schedule CDL applicant skills tests, and record the results of the tests.


A deployed software solution for State DMVs to detect and deter fraud relating to CDL skills testing.


January 2010: A new version of CSTIMS was launched that incorporated the enhancements recommended by a final report prepared in 2008

March 2012: Release 3.2 of CSTIMS was issued

June 2012: Release 3.3 of CSTIMS was issued

September 2012: Integration of CSTIMS with eCDL (Release 3.4), and a final report (CSTIMS Final Report and Self-Sustainability Plan) were completed


FY 2012: $250,000 - FMCSA Research and Technology


Final report was published and can be accessed at


American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators

Updated: Monday, April 9, 2018
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