Beginning February 7, 2022, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will be requiring new minimum training standards for entry-level commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs). These new regulations were established to increase the safety of commercial motor vehicle (CMV) operations on our nation’s highways. Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) regulations will apply to entry-level CMV operators who want to obtain a Class A or Class B for the first time. These requirements will also be mandatory for individuals with existing CDLs who want to upgrade their current Class B to a Class A CDL; and those who would like to acquire a school bus, passenger, or hazardous materials endorsement for the first time. However, applicants who earn a commercial learner’s permit (CLP) before February 7, 2022, are not subject to the new ELDT requirements if they receive a CDL or endorsement before their CLP (or renewed CLP) expires.
In order to comply with the new ELDT regulations, persons seeking new or upgraded CDLs on/or after February 7, 2022, must complete the applicable training from a provider listed on FMCSA’s Training Provider Registry (TPR). After choosing a certified training provider, CDL applicants will receive training and demonstrate proficiency in theory and behind-the-wheel (BTW) training. Trainees must score at least 80% on their theory training assessment. The training provider will determine the driver’s competency as to BTW training which requires actual operation of a CMV on a range or public road and include vehicle control skills and mastery of basic maneuvers.
Training providers are currently registering with the FMCSA TPR. As of Fall 2021, entry-level drivers will be able to access the TPR website to search for a certified training provider. Those individuals who are interested in obtaining or upgrading their CDL can stay informed and choose a certified training provider with this link, https://tpr.fmcsa.dot.gov/ .