The FMCSA completed the last step of its initiative to implement new training standards for entry-level truck drivers seeking a CDL. FMCSA designed the Training Provider Registry to improve roadway safety, an online database of registered instructors that meet federal training requirements. The database also includes a compilation of all entry-level truck drivers who have completed the training.
FMCSA’s Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) went into effect on February 7, 2022. All entry-level drivers must complete this training with a certified instructor before they can receive their CDLs. FMCSA coordinated with state licensing authorities to ensure they confirm any CDL applicant’s ELDT status before issuing a commercial license.
Who is Subject to the ELDT Regulation?
The new FMCSA regulation requires the following individuals to complete ELDT:
- Drivers seeking a Class A or Class B CDL for the first time
- Drivers seeking to upgrade a Class B CDL to a Class A CDL
- Drivers seeking an endorsement for school buses (S), passengers (P), or hazardous materials (H) for the first time
Drivers that received or renewed a commercial learner’s permit (CLP) prior to February 7, 2022, do not need to complete ELDT. However, they must receive their CDL before their CLP or renewal expires. Drivers that obtained the above licenses or endorsements prior to the regulation date are also exempt, even if those documents aren’t valid anymore. Drivers that meet the exceptions outlined in CFR Part 383 are also exempt from skills tests and ELDT (e.g., certain military drivers, farmers, firefighters, emergency responders, etc.).
FMCSA established the ELDT requirement to ensure all new drivers receive a uniform and comprehensive safety training experience. The Training Provider Registry allows applicants to easily identify certified trainers, while state licensing agencies can use it to verify an applicant’s ELDT status.
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