What is ELDT?
What are the FMCSA’s New Rules?
On February 7, 2022, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) implemented a new training program that now requires most new CDL applicants to complete an entry-level driver training program (ELDT) before earning a commercial driver’s license.
This training can assist with passing the written and skills examinations, by providing you with the knowledge and skills you need to have a successful career as a commercial driver.
However, the FMCSA does NOT set any specific time requirements for the commercial driver training course, but all ELDT programs must contain the following components:
- Basic operation
- Safe operating procedures
- Advanced operation procedures
- Vehicle systems and reporting malfunctions
- Non-driving activities
Who is Considered an Entry-Level Driver?
A driver wanting 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) endoresement for the first time.
All other endorsements do not need ELDT to obtain.