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Entry Level Driver Training Program

Jan 19, 2022 | Industry News

The following is a brief overview of the Entry Level Driver Training program.  For complete information click on the link below.

https://tpr.fmcsa.dot.gov/

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Select a scenario below to determine if you are required to complete entry-level driver training.

You must complete the required entry-level driver training for the class of CDL to which you are upgrading before you will be permitted to take the CDL skills test.

You are not required to complete entry-level driver training, as long as you obtain a CDL before the CLP, or renewed CLP, expires.

You must complete the required entry-level driver training for the endorsement(s) for which you are applying before you will be permitted to take the S or P skills test or H knowledge test.

You must complete the required entry-level driver training before you will be permitted to take the CDL skills test, the S or P skills test, or the H knowledge test.

You are not required to complete entry-level driver training to obtain a CDL, even if the previously-issued CDL has since lapsed.

You are not required to complete entry-level driver training for the previously-issued endorsement, even if it has since lapsed.

You must complete the required entry-level driver training before you will be permitted to take the CDL skills test.

What are the Entry-Level Driver Training regulations?

The ELDT regulations set the minimum Federal requirements for training that entry-level drivers must complete before being permitted to take certain commercial driver’s license (CDL) skills or knowledge tests on or after February 7, 2022.

Who is considered an entry-level driver? Individuals applying to:

  • Obtain a Class A CDL or Class B CDL for the first time;
  • Upgrade an existing Class B CDL to a Class A CDL;
  • Obtain a school bus (S), passenger (P), or hazardous materials (H) endorsement for the first time.
  • The ELDT requirements apply to individuals who obtain a commercial learner’s permit (CLP) on or after February 7, 2022.
  • 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.

ELDT Exceptions

The ELDT regulations do not apply to individuals excepted from the CDL requirements under 49 CFR part 383.

This includes:

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