Job Mix Formula Prequalification Program (JMF-PP)

The Job Mix Formula Prequalification Program (JMF-PP) has been developed to provide paving contractors prequalified JMFs that have been verified by Caltrans using the standard specifications before the award of construction contracts. The JMF-PP provides prequalified JMFs for Type A hot mix asphalt (Type A HMA), rubberized hot mix asphalt gap graded (RHMA-G), and open graded friction course (OGFC) mix designs. It is intended to reduce costs, delays, and additional liquidated damage payments associated with JMF verification services performed during the construction phase and allows Caltrans to achieve the goal of developing additional project delivery efficiencies as specified in SB 1.

This program is managed by Division of Engineering Services (DES), Materials Engineering and Testing Services (METS).

Program Requirements

Requests for JMF verifications are addressed in the order in which a complete submittal has been received. The general process (PDF) is identified below:

  1. HMA supplier submits a completed TL-3900, Job Mix Formula Submittal, form and required documentation to
  2. HMA supplier creates their CEM-3512 in the JMF Tool at
  3. HMA supplier enters HMA design test data in DIME (PDF) at HMA design test data must be within 6 months. 
  4. HMA supplier creates their CEM-3511 in the JMF Tool at
  5. The HMA supplier will receive results of the submittal package review within 5 business days of original request.
  6. If additional information is needed, the supplier has 5 days to submit complete documentation. If the information is not received within 5 days, the submittal is rejected.
  7. Once the submittal is approved, the assigned lab will coordinate collection of material samples. Samples must be taken in accordance with the current version of California Test 125 and in the presence of a Caltrans representative. The HMA plant producing these samples must have a current certification under the Department's Material Plant Quality Program.
  8. Caltrans provides JMF verification test results within 20 days of sampling, unless the supplier has a pending submittal of additional QC test results.
    • If the JMF fails to pass verification, the supplier may adjust the JMF and submit the adjusted JMF in the JMF proposal form.
    • If the JMF fails verification the second time, the supplier must submit new mix design testing data before resubmittal.
    • If the JMF is verified, the supplier receives an e-mail notification along with a completed CEM 3513, Caltrans Hot Mix Asphalt Verification. The verified JMF is valid for 12 months.
    • You may use this JMF in Caltrans projects that specify the same mix design requirements.
    • JMF requirements are contract specific, final authorization to use a JMF is up to the Resident Engineer administering the contract.

Hamburg wheel track (AASHTO T 324) and Moisture susceptibility (AASHTO T 283) test results must be based on plant-produced material. Caltrans will begin verification testing after these test results are submitted.

If multiple JMFs are submitted simultaneously or an additional one is submitted before the review of a previously submitted JMF is complete, the supplier must designate the sequence that these JMFs are to be reviewed. Please allow an additional 20 days for the verification of each additional JMF. 

We are always looking for ways to improve the JMF Prequalification Program and our processes. Please e-mail your questions, concerns, or comments to

JMF-PP Documents and Links