Starting in early 2022, some CDL and endorsement applicants will be required to meet new training standards due to an upcoming Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) rule change.

On February 7, 2022, the FMCSA’s Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) rule went into effect.

The ELDT rule establishes minimum requirements for entry-level driver training standards for training providers and CDL applicants.

The rule will apply to the applicants who want to:

  • Obtain a Class A or Class B CDL for the first time;
  • Upgrade an existing Class B CDL to a Class A CDL; or
  • Obtain a school bus (S), passenger (P), or hazardous materials (H) endorsement for the first time.

These applicants will be required to obtain training from a provider listed on the FMCSA’s Training Provider Registry. This training must be completed before taking a CDL skills test or, if the driver is applying for the H endorsement, the knowledge test.

There is NO minimum number of hours required for either behind-the-wheel training or knowledge training under the new rule. The ELDT rule only requires that “applicants seeking a CDL would be required to demonstrate proficiency in knowledge training and behind-the-wheel training on a driving range and on a public road, with training obtained from an instructional program that meets FMCSA standards.”

The rule is NOT retroactive, so 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.

Check out more from the FMCSA’s Q & A section on the ELDT rule:

The ELDT Final Rule was published in the Federal Register on December 7, 2016. The compliance date was pushed back from February 7, 2020, to February 7, 2022 in part to allow state drivers license agencies time to update their IT infrastructure, internal procedures, and budgeting allocation to properly record driver course completion information.

For additional information on the ELDT rule, click here.

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