Escort Vehicle Driver

Obtain an Escort Vehicle Driver Certification in the State of Virgina

Becoming a Certified Escort Vehicle Driver

A certified escort vehicle driver is responsible for the safe movement of an over-dimensional load utilizing an appropriately identified vehicle and, if necessary, conducting flagging operations.

2020 Driving School offers an eight (8) hour course to help you obtain your Virginia certification.  

Escort Vehicle Driver Training classes are currently held at our Fredericksburg headquarters, normally every second Tuesday of each month.  The cost of the course is $175.00.



Become a Safer, Smarter Escort Vehicle Driver

Our class teaches participants the skills and knowledge for the following:

  • Enhance the safety of the traveling public
  • Enhance the safety of the people involved in the movement of the over-dimensional load
  • Prevent damage to the highway and road system, such as overhead obstacles and road shoulders
  • Prevent damage to the load being transported
  • Reduce undue delay to the normal flow of traffic
  • Assure continuation of the industry’s safe transportation record
  • Prevent increases in insurance costs for the trucking companies due to loss claims
  • Avoid costly damage suits
  • Encourage uniform escort operations

The Fundamentals

An escort vehicle is one that is used to escort trucks with loads or convoys of vehicles.  It serves as a forward or rear warning device to the general public and is required for certain over-dimensional or overweight loads.  Escort vehicles are also referred to as flag or pilot cars.

Operating a pilot car on today’s roads is a serious task.  Understanding the current rules and regulations is key to your safety, the safety of the load and the safety of other motorists.  

Attendees for this class must have a valid driver’s license from the jurisdiction in which they live.  

After succssfully completing the 8-hour Escort Vehicle Driver Training class, students will be issued a certificate and will be prepared for the exam at the DMV.  The cost of the DMV exam is $25.00.  



Relevant, Up-to-Date Information

Information for this class comes from several sources, including the Virginia Escort Driver’s Manual and the Virginia Hauling Permit Manual from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles; the Virginia State Code; the Pilot Car Escort Best Practices Guidelines from the Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association; the US Department of Transportation Federal Highway Commission; and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.

Additional Details

Payment Policy

Payment must be made in full prior to the commencement of instruction.  Down payments are accepted at the time of initial enrollment, with the remainder to be paid to the instructor(s) at the time of the student’s classroom session.

2020 Driving School accepts all forms of payment, including cash, checks, money orders and all major credit cards.  Checks and money orders are to be made payable to 2020 Driving School.  There is a minimum fee of fifty ($50.00) dollars for returned checks.

No certificate of completion will be issued until all fees have been paid in full.  Students will be furnished a receipt showing payment made.

Cancellation, Additional Fees and Refund Policy

A refund will be made to any student who cancels their in-car or classroom instruction enrollment contract prior to the commencement of instruction, after the enrollment contract is signed by the prospective student and payment as been accepted.  Subsequent to the starting of instruction or following the completion of instruction, refunds may be made at the school’s discretion based upon circumstance. 

All refunds may be subject to a fifty ($50.00) administrative fee.  Refunds are typically paid via check, payable to the student or parent/guardian.  Refunds are generally processed within five (5) to (10) business days.

Rules of Operation & Conduct for Classroom

Students are expected to conduct themselves in a safe and responsible manner, while on school property or while operating school vehicles.  Unsafe, inattentive, disruptive, disrespectful, unlawful, violent, reckless or destructive behavior will not be tolerated.  Warnings regarding such behavior will be made by the student’s instructor(s). Continued behavior of this sort may result in the student being terminated from instruction, with a refund given per the guidelines listed in our Refund Policy.  Students terminated from instruction may be eligible to re-enroll at a future date, based on the school’s discretion.

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Questions About the Process?

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles is dedicated to making Virginia’s roadways safer for the transportation of oversized cargo.  The goal of this program is to educate the escort vehicle driver so that they can safely escort an oversize load from its point of origin to its destination, whether that is within the State of Virginia or out of state.