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What are the CDL Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) Regulations?

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FMCSA’s Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) regulations set the baseline for training requirements for entry-level drivers. The ELDT rules set the minimum Federal requirements for entry-level CDL drivers. These drivers must complete ELDT training if taking a commercial driver's license (CDL) skills or knowledge (CDL Permit) exams on or after February 7, 2022.

 

 

This includes those applying to:

  • Obtain a Class A or Class B CDL for the first time;

  • Upgrade an existing Class B CDL to a Class A CDL; or

  • Obtain a school bus (S), passenger (P), or hazardous materials (H) endorsement for the first time.

 

The ELDT regulations are not retroactive; individuals who were issued a CDL or an S, P, or H endorsement prior to February 7, 2022 are not required to complete training for the respective CDL or endorsement.

The ELDT regulations apply to those who obtain a commercial learner's permit (CLP) on or after February 7, 2022 (as long as the CLP has not expired).

Any individual who meets one of the exceptions for taking a skills test in 49 CFR Part 383 is also exempt from the ELDT requirements. 

The FMCSA has established the Training Provider Registry (TPR), which has a searchable database of CDL training providers that have registered with FMCSA.  Only CDL training providers listed on the TPR can provide ELDT CDL training.

Students are not required to submit a specific amount of hours, rather they must successfully complete training in a 30+ theory based topic and receive hands-on driving "skills" that satisfies the ELDT regulations.

Once the student completes ELDT training and testing, the training provide (CFI Truck Driving School) will upload completion information directly into FMCSA and retain records of such. The TPR shows CDL testing facilities if each student has successfully completed ELDT training. 

Drivers will not be able to take the CDL Class A or Class B test, or take the Hazmat knowledge test, until they have completed ELDT CDL training by an approved training provider.  CDL Testers will check in an FMCSA computer system to confirm completion of ELDT training.  If training has not been completed by a driver, the CDL test will not be administered to the driver.

CFI Truck Driving School is a TPR-approved CDL training provider.

For more information, please visit the FMCSA at https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/registration/commercial-drivers-license/entry-level-driver-training-eldt