Autonomous Vehicle (AV) Testing Requirements

Starting October 1, 2021, a self-certifying entity may test AVs on any public roadway under the Washington Department of Licensing (DOL) AVs self-certification testing pilot program. The following information must be provided by the self-certifying entity testing the AV:

  • Contact information specified by the DOL;
  • Local jurisdictions where testing is planned;
  • The AV identification numbers; and
  • Proof of an insurance policy in an amount not less than $5 million dollars per occurrence.

The entity testing the AV on any public roadway must notify the DOL of any collisions or moving violations and submit a report by February 1 of each year, covering reportable events from the prior calendar year. In advance of testing, the entity must provide written notice to applicable local and state law enforcement agencies that includes the expected testing time period. Additional terms and conditions apply.

(Reference Revised Code of Washington 46.30.050 and 46.92.010)

Jurisdiction: Washington

Type: Laws and Regulations

Enacted: Mar 27, 2020

Technologies: Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

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