Pilot Escort Frequently Asked Questions

On the National Safety Council Online Defensive Driving Course website, when I click on "FL" it only gives me 4-hour courses. Where is the 8-hour course?

As of September 2011, the nscddconline.com website is being redirected to a safetyserve.com website. On this website the NSC offers 4-hour court required courses for particular states, Florida being one of them. To get the 8-hour online equivalent course click on Florida, then the very last class link that says "Please click here to take the NSC Defensive Driving Course for any other reason". This is the DDC-PC or "DDC-online" which is the 8-hour equivalent course accepted for the Pilot Escort Qualification.

Is Florida really requiring escorts to carry 36-inch cones?

Yes, as of February 1, 2010, as well as several other changes. See the Florida Administrative Code website for the official rules and equipment requirements.

Which out-of-state escort certificates does Florida accept?

  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Georgia
  • Minnesota
  • North Carolina
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • Utah
  • Virginia (certificates issued after 1/1/2014 only for 8 hour training)
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin

What if the out-of-state escort course does not include flagging, is it accepted?

Pending final word from FDOT: yes, though escorts should study proper flagging procedures, as all escorts are authorized to flag while escorting in Florida per Florida Statute 316.079 (2). Proper flagging procedures are found in the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices part 6E.

Reminder: all escorts must have an accompanying CDL or NSC DDC-8 certificate, even out-of-state certificate holders.

I'm qualified to escort in another state, but was still fined while escorting in Florida. Why was I fined?

Though you are legally allowed to escort in Florida with another state's qualification, you still must abide by all Florida escort requirements, such as vehicle equipment, signage, etc.

Where do I take the National Safety Council 8- hour Defensive Driving Course?

You may search the NSC Training Agency Directory for locations throughout the United States or take it online.
Here are some phone numbers here in Florida:
Safety Institute of Central Florida, Ocala (352) 732-8555
Safety Institute of Central Florida, Daytona (386) 255-3228
Orlando Chapter, National Safety Council (800) 427-2713
Pinellas Technical Education Center, St. Petersburg (727) 893-2500 x 1086
A1A Training (South Florida areas) (877) 638-8226
South Florida National Safety Council (800) 392-5101

When does a vehicle need an escort?

A vehicle shall have at least one escort when its:

  • width exceeds 12 ft., (needs two escorts if exceeds 14 ft.) OR
  • height exceeds 14 ft. 6 in., OR
  • length exceeds 95 ft. (may require two escorts in certain instances)

How do I do a route survey?

A survey is a list of any items that the load may come in contact with on the route that is on the permit application. Permitees must submit a route survey letter (FDOT letter guidelines) and route survey with a permit application for loads with a height greater than 15 feet, or width greater than 22 feet. Any qualified escort or CDL driver may perform a route survey. Be sure to include date and time of survey, weather, ground clearance issues, overhead obstacles. If item can not be moved to accommodate the load dimensions, contact permittee to see about alternate routes to go around the obstacle.

Where can I find more information on the Florida Mobile Home Installation course and requirement?

Here is a website with more information: http://www.flhsmv.gov/mobilehome/homeinstallation.html


Is this the class needed to be a funeral escort?

No. Funeral escorts do not need a training course, but do have equipment requirements and roadway right-of-way procedures found in Florida Statute 316.1974.

More questions?

If you have any more questions you'd like answered, please submit them to Florida T2 Center Registration Desk.