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ENTRY LEVEL DRIVER TRAINING (ELDT)

Federally required ELDT Training for drivers who plan to get a Class A CDL or Class B CDL

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CDL COURSES TO MEET YOUR ELDT REQUIREMENTS

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CURSOS DE CDL PARA CUMPLIR CON SUS REQUISITOS DE ELDT

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Quick Overview of Courses for CDL Licenses

Individuals who obtain a Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP) after February 7, 2022 must complete Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) before they can take the Class A or Class B CDL Skills Test.

CDL Required Courses

Class A Cdl Course (Eldt)

Federally required course for anyone who plans to get a Class A Commercial Driver’s License.

Class B Cdl Course (Eldt)

Federally required course for anyone who plans to get a Class B Commercial Driver’s License.

Class B to A Upgrade Course (Eldt)

Federally required course to upgrade an existing Class B CDL into a Class A CDL License.

ELDT Endorsement Courses

CDL Passenger Endorsement (Eldt)

Federally required course for individuals who wish to add a Passenger Endorsement (P) to their CDL License.

CDL School Bus Endorsement (ELDT)

Federally required course for individuals who wish to add a School Bus Endorsement (S) to their CDL License.

CDL Hazmat Endorsement (ELDT)

Federally required course for individuals who wish to add a Hazardous Materials Endorsement (H) onto their CDL license.

FMCSA Entry Level Driver Training Requirements (eldt)

All new CDL applicants are required to complete the Entry Level Driver Training requirements as part of their state CDL licensing requirements. The ONLY acceptable training is one which reports your completion to the FMCSA.

You are required to complete an Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT), both theory and behind-the-wheel, if you plan to get a Class A or Class B CDL and/or a Passenger (P), School Bus (S) endorsement on your CDL License. If you are seeking a Hazardous Materials (H) endorsement, you must complete a theory-only course before you can take the knowledge test in your state. The training provider that you use must be listed in the FMCSA’s Training Provider Registry before you can take any State-administered skills or knowledge tests. You will need to check with your State’s DMV or BMV for any other rules and requirements.

No, you must do both theory and behind-the-wheel training before you can take the knowledge and skills tests in your state. You cannot be issued a CDL license until you meet those basic requirements, plus any additional requirements that your state may impose.

You will need to check with your state DMV or BMV to see what their driving hour requirements are since each state sets their own standards beyond the basic requirements established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

You must complete a theory course (online or classroom setting) before you can take a knowledge test. You must complete a laboratory (behind-the-wheel) before you can take a skills test with a state examiner. 

Knowledge tests are written exams. To pass the knowledge tests (general and endorsement), applicants must correctly answer at least 80 percent of the questions. The skills test takes place using a vehicle representative of the type of vehicle that the applicant operates or expects to operate with an examiner. To pass the skills test, applicants must successfully perform all the required skills. The skills test must be taken in a vehicle representative of the type of vehicle that the applicant operates or expects to operate. Each state develops their own knowledge and skills tests.

Theory ELDT courses prepare you for the knowledge test, while laboratory (behind-the-wheel) ELDT courses prepare you for the skills test.

No. There is no mandatory order in which the theory, BTW-range, and BTW-public road training must be administered.

Yes. Theory (knowledge) and BTW training can be offered by separate providers as long as each provider is listed on the Training Provider Registry and both will submit proof of training to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
  • Certain military drivers, farmers, firefighters, emergency response vehicle drivers and drivers removing snow or ice. (§ 383.3(c), (d), or (h);)
  • Restricted CDL for certain drivers in farm-related service industries, pyrotechnic industry as well as certain drivers in Alaska (Restricted CDL under § 383.3(e) through (g);)
  • Military personnel who meet all requirements and conditions of (§ 383.77); or
  • Individuals applying for a removal of a restriction in accordance with (§ 383.135(b)(7)).

It depends on when the CLP was issued. If it was issued before February 7, 2022, you do not need to complete entry-level driver training as long as you obtain your CDL before the CLP expires. If your CLP was obtained after February 7, 2022, you must complete the required entry-level driver training before you can take any of the skills or knowledge tests. 

You will need to complete the required entry-level driver training for the endorsements that you are applying for before you can take the S or P skills test or the H knowledge test.

No, behind-the-wheel training must be done with an instructor in a vehicle that is similar to the one you would be driving.

Yes, if you are upgrading after February 7, 2022, then you are required to take the course. 

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FMCSA Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) for New CDL Drivers!

Before you can get a Class A or Class B CDL, you will need to complete your ELDT Training Requirements.  Luckily, you can take care of the THEORY portion of your ELDT requirements completely online! Once you’re done with that, you can find a local CDL School to do your behind-the-wheel requirements.

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