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Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT)

Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) regulations set the baseline for training requirements for entry-level drivers.

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Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT)

The Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) regulations set uniform minimum training standards for entry-level drivers seeking to obtain certain commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs) and CDL endorsements, as established in 49 CFR part 380 subpart F.

Entry level drivers include 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.  

Beginning February 7, 2022, individuals applying for the above CDL or endorsements must have completed the training required by the ELDT regulations to be eligible to take the required CDL road test or the H endorsement knowledge test.

An applicant who obtains a commercial learner’s permit (CLP) before February 7, 2022, is not required to complete the entry-level driver training for obtaining a CDL, so long as the applicant obtains a CDL before the CLP or renewed CLP expires.

The ELDT regulations do not apply to individuals excepted from the CDL requirements under

49 CFR part 383. This includes:

  • Individuals applying under §383.3(c), (d), or (h);
  • Individuals applying for a restricted CDL under §383.3(e) through (g);
  • Military personnel who meet all requirements and conditions of  §383.77; or
  • Individuals applying for a removal of a restriction in accordance with §383.135(b)(7).

Entry-level drivers subject to the ELDT regulations must complete entry-level driver training from a training provider registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

Visit the FMCSA Training Provider Registry FAQ page for additional information: https://tpr.fmcsa.dot.gov/FAQ

See the attached chart to determine if you are required to complete entry-level driver training https://tpr.fmcsa.dot.gov/content/Resources/ELDT-Applicability-Factsheet_rev_508.pdf 

Training providers: If you intend to provide training for entry-level CDL drivers on or after February 7, 2022, you must register for the Training Provider Registry. Registration requires that you self-certify that your program meets applicable Federal and State requirements. Visit the TPR website to learn more and register: https://tpr.fmcsa.dot.gov/Provider

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