The WV eCDL (electronic Commercial Drivers’ License) project has converted a traditional, paper-based Commercial Drivers’ License testing procedure into a fully-automated, computer-based, paperless system. The eCDL project was undertaken with funding provided by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
This software was born of a need to address:
• fraud and safety,
• an incomplete or nonexistent license testing process,
• the authentic identification of applicants and
• the monitoring process associated with the issuance of CDL.
eCDL utilizes freeware/shareware computer applications to allow for free dissemination of the software as developed to other states. Many of those states, as well as Canada and Mexico, have expressed interest in obtaining eCDL as it becomes available.
Using Toughbook laptops with GPS capabilities, RTI developed a comprehensive integrated system that complies with federally-mandated CDL testing standards while increasing fraud detection capabilities for WVDMV.
eCDL not only utilizes the GPS system during the road test, but additionally records GPS data during the vehicle inspection and basic skills portion, to ensure the test is completed in regulated areas. Examiners conduct CDL tests in the field throughout the State on the Toughbook, and upload results wirelessly. Information is then accessed, via a customized website by the WVDMV Administration, from anywhere in the state. All tests are subjected to a rigorous statistical analysis of known parameters; any outliers are reported to the WVDMV Administration via email for closer inspection for possible fraud activity.
Further improvements include a notation screen, route analyzer, and customizable reports. Fraud prevention capabilities include:
• Examiner identification elements
• Time/date location stamp
• Test timer with email notification
• Randomized tests
• Test encryption
The test administration process for a commercial driver's license involves both a written test and a road skills test, much the same as for non-commercial drivers of passenger vehicles. The commercial driver's road skills test ensures that a driver has the basic knowledge and driving skills to safely and responsibly operate a commercial vehicle on our highways.
To evaluate and eliminate any potential fraud to the testing system, in August of 1989 the WV CDL Program initiated oversight measures to randomly and covertly monitor scheduled written and road skills tests; however, these measures were deemed insufficient. In 2003, 2007 and 2009, the WV CDL Program received funding from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA); our goal with this funding was to partner with the Marshall University Research Corporation (MURC) and RTI to develop software that used the capabilities of the Global Positioning System (GPS) to record and document verifiable skills tests.
The result of that partnership is WV eCDL. Upon full implementation, all personnel who administer CDL tests will be equipped with laptops and the eCDL software. All tests will then be able to be documented and verified.
This project would not have been possible without the cooperation and commitment of the employees at RTI. Additionally, it is rewarding to know that eCDL is now a nationally recognized, award-winning program initially made in West Virginia, by West Virginians.
• State of West Virginia has received nearly $1,000,000 in Federal funds to develop the eCDL project
• Reduction through attrition: a savings of more than $400,000
• Decreased the DMV CDL state fleet by 60%
• Instant, paperless system results in 97% reduction in time for tracking, filing, auditing, archiving