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Beginning February 7, 2022, compliance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA's) Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) rule will be required for any individual who wants to:

  • Obtain a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) for the first time;

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

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

Under the FMSCA requirements, an entry-level driver must successfully complete a prescribed program of theory and behind-the-wheel instruction before taking the CDL skills test. This training must be provided by a school or other entity listed on the FMCSA's Training Provider Registry (TPR). To be listed on the TPR, training providers need to meet specific requirements addressing:

  • Curriculum,

  • Facilities,

  • Vehicles and equipment, and

  • Instructors

The ELDT requirements do not apply to individuals with a valid CDL or an S, P, or H endorsement issued before February 7, 2022.

ELDT: Theory Instruction, Behind-The-Wheel Instruction, and Registered Training Provider

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