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Entry-Level Driver Training

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has established minimum training standards for entry-level drivers. The Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) requirements incorporate performance-based concepts by requiring driver-trainees to demonstrate proficiency in both behind-the-wheel (BTW) instruction and knowledge portions of the curriculum during classroom and range training sessions. The ELDT training curriculum is outlined in 49 CFR 380.

ELDT requirements must be met by individuals who apply for:

  • A Class A or Class B commercial driver’s license (CDL) for the first time
  • An upgrade of an existing CDL to a higher class [Class C to B or A, Class B to A]
  • A school bus (S), passenger (P), or hazardous materials (H) endorsement for the first time

ELDT must be completed before an applicant can take the CDL skills exam.

Individuals applying for a hazardous materials (H) endorsement must complete ELDT prior to taking the endorsement knowledge exam.

Applicants subject to ELDT can find training providers from the public list located on the Training Provider Registry (TPR) website.

Applicants may contact the training provider directly and secure their services outside of the Registry.

The FMCSA TPR will retain a record of which CDL applicants have completed the new training and certification process outlined in the ELDT regulations.

Training Requirements for Entry-Level CDL Drivers

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