If you are interested in getting a CDL, you may wonder what the ELDT mandate is and how it will affect me? This blog post will answer this and explain the new federal CDL requirements.
What is ELDT?
The FMCSA Entry-Level Driver Training rule requires all new commercial drivers to complete an entry-level driver training program before getting their CDL. An FMCSA certified training provider must furnish training. The ELDT provides a minimum set of standards for new commercial drivers regardless of the state in which they receive training. The goal is to ensure all drivers learn the same basic safety skills. The entry-level driver training final rule went into effect on February 7th, 2022.
Since the ELDT mandate sets a minimum standard for commercial truck driver education that CDL training providers must meet, training providers must certify their program with the FMCSA. Entry-Level Driver Training includes theory (classroom) and skills training (behind the wheel).
To show proficiency, students must score a minimum of 80 percent on the theory assessment. To qualify for the CDL test, students must complete the specified behind-the-wheel training and receive an endorsement from their instructor.
Who is affected by the ELDT?
Anyone who wants to get their CDL after February 7th and doesn’t already have their Commercial Learner’s Permit will need to complete entry-level driver training. The ELDT regulations are not retroactive, meaning if you already have a CDL or CLP, you do not need to complete an ELDT program.
You will need to complete an Entry-Level Driver Training Program if
- This is your first Class A or Class B CDL
- You are upgrading a Class B to a Class A CDL
- This is your first endorsement, in categories including passenger (P), hazardous materials (H), or school bus (S)
Why Choose Driver Resource Center for Entry Level Driver Training?
Selecting a CDL training provider is an important decision. Check to make sure the school you plan to attend is on the FMCSA’s Training Provider Registry. All the Driver Resource Center network schools are listed on the Training Provider Registry and meet all ELDT requirements. We know that the new CDL requirements can be confusing. However, don’t be intimidated by ELDT. The curriculum and skill requirements for ELDT are not that different from what our network schools have been teaching for years. Our goal has always been to produce highly trained and safe drivers
To get your CDL, you will need to meet several state requirements, including:
- Complete all ELDT requirements with proficiency from a program registered on the FMCSA Training Provider Registry
- Pass the required skills and knowledge test.
- Obtain a Commercial Learner’s Permit for at least 14 days before taking the CDL test. (Enrollment does not require a permit. We will help you get your permit as part of the training.) Getting your CDLP requires you to
- Provide 1 document proving legal residency in the U.S.
- Submit a review of your driving record.
- Present valid Medical Examiner’s certificate.
- Valid driver’s license in the state in which you wish to be certified
- 18 years of age or older
Now that you know what the ELDT is and what it means to get a CDL, the next step is to apply for training. Start by filling out the form. A career specialist will then be in touch to discuss training time, tuition, and more.