If you are in Vermont AND you provide instruction for hire, you must be a licensed driving school. For more information about applying for a driving school license visit the Driver Training Instructors page.
Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT)
For information needed to register on the TPR and the most updated timeline for registering, visit the FMCSA’s ELDT main page.
To be eligible for listing on the TPR, an entity must apply to and be approved by the FMCSA. Training providers must also comply with all applicable state requirements.
For a complete list of federal requirements, visit the FMCSA’s ELDT main page for details.
For organizations that train entry-level CDL drivers, see the Entry-Level Driver Training Rule Implementation Checklist.
Only training providers listed on the TPR can provide ELDT.
FMCSA defines that training providers can include, but are not limited to, training schools, educational institutions, rural electric cooperatives, motor carriers, state/local governments, school districts, joint labor-management programs, owner-operators, and individuals. These examples are not intended to be a finite list; FMCSA adds them to illustrate the range of entities that could potentially be eligible for listing on the TPR. In addition, FMCSA notes that eligible providers may provide training either on a "for-hire" or "not-for-hire" basis.
The TPR is a system created and managed by FMCSA. The system will list all ELDT providers that are approved by FMCSA and allow ELDT providers to submit ELDT completion information to the TPR. The completion information maintained on the TPR serves as proof that the entry-level driver applicant has completed the required ELDT.
An entry level driver is an applicant attempting to obtain a Class A or B CDL for the first time, upgrade to a Class A or B CDL or obtain a passenger (P), school bus (S) or a hazardous material (H) endorsement for the first time.
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
Commercial vehicle training, which provides instruction in the operation of commercial vehicles. Check with individual schools to find out what types of job placement services might be available. These training programs provide the following services:
A state-approved driver training program for entry-level tractor-trailer drivers. This 148-hour (minimum) course, which is consistent with national training guidelines, provides a combination of classroom, range, and on-the-road instruction.