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Technical Update vol. 26 no. 4 - New Entry-level Driving Training Regulations

January 25, 2022

Beginning February 7, 2022, new entry-level driving training regulations (ELDT) go into effect for commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders. Issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, these regulations set the minimum federal training requirements that must be completed before entry-level drivers can take CDL skills or knowledge tests. Entry-level drivers are those seeking 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;
  • or obtain a school bus (S), passenger (P), or hazardous materials (H) endorsement for the first time.

The ELDT regulations are not retroactive and apply only to those seeking a commercial learner’s permit on or after February 7. An individual who obtained a commercial learners permit before February 7, 2022, does not need to take the new ELDT as long as they obtain their CDL or renew their learner’s permit before it expires. Current CDL holders do not need to take the ELDT classes, even if their previously-issued CDL has lapsed.

Training Provider Registry

Training must be completed with a CDL registered training provider. The Training Provider Registry at https://tpr.fmcsa.dot.gov is set to go live on February 7. Until then, a list of registered providers is available on the registry website by downloading a spreadsheet. The registry is intended to keep a record of CDL applicants who have met ELDT requirements so states can check an applicant’s eligibility.

What This Means for Counties

County employees who wish to upgrade their CDLs will need to complete the required ELDT before taking the CDL skills test for the upgrade. Also, employees seeking a new CDL must take the newly required ELDT before taking the CDL skills or knowledge test. Counties may hire a registered training provider or signup as a registered training provider themselves and certify that their employee has completed the required training. Counties can download Entry-Level Driver Training Minimum Federal Curricula Requirments at https://tpr.fmcsa.dot.gov/Provider. Counties should ensure that all CDL holders are in compliance with the new regulations. For more information, contact Loss Control at 303 861 0507.

A PDF of this Technical Update is available here.

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