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Entry Level Driver Training

Entry-Level Driver Training Requirements for CDL Applicants 

The new Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) regulations require that all entry-level drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) receive training from a provider listed on FMCSA’s Training Provider Registry. 

Beginning February 7, 2022, to be eligible to take required skills or knowledge tests, commercial driver’s license (CDL) applicants must have completed applicable entry-level driver training from a registered training provider. 

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Entry-Level driving course designed for CDL learners 

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Learn everything needed in the classroom and behind the wheel to take and pass your Class A CDL exam or Class B CDL exam. 

  • Responsibilities As A Driver 
  • Vehicle Controls 
  • Traffics Signs & Control Devices 
  • Rules Of The Road
  • Encountering Other Road Users 
  • Driving In Dangerous Condition 
  • What To Do In case of Accident 

Use the scenario chart below to determine if you are required to complete entry-level driver training.

IFTHEN
A driver holds a CLP that was issued before February 7, 2022…The driver is not required to complete entry-level driver training, as long as the driver obtains a CDL before the CLP expires.
A driver was issued a CDL or an S, P, or H endorsement before February 7, 2022…The driver is not required to complete entry-level driver training for the previously-issued license or endorsement, even if it has since lapsed.
A driver holds a CLP that was issued before February 7, 2022, but the CLP expires before the driver applies for his or her CDL…The driver must complete the required entry-level driver training.
A driver obtains a CLP on or after February 7, 2022…The driver must complete the required entry-level driver training.
A driver held a CDL prior to the compliance date, and applies for an upgrade to a higher class of CDL, or an S, P, or H endorsement for the first time on or after February 7, 2022…The driver must complete the required entry-level driver training for the class of CDL to which the driver is upgrading or the endorsement(s) for which the driver is applying.

ELDT EXCEPTIONS. The ELDT regulations do not apply to individuals that are not required to have a CDL as outlined in 49 CFR part 383, or for whom the state has waived the CDL skills test.

What must drivers do to meet the ELDT requirements?

Entry-level drivers must select a training provider that is listed on the Training Provider Registry. Only registered training providers will be able to submit certification of a driver’s completion of entry-level driver training to the Training Provider Registry.

Training must be completed before taking a CDL skills test or, if the driver is applying for the H endorsement, the knowledge test.

If the State Driver Licensing Agency cannot electronically verify that these requirements are met, the State is not permitted to administer the CDL skills or knowledge test to the driver.

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