The 5 steps needed to get your Commercial Driver's License under the new FMSCA regulations

The 5 Steps needed to get your Commercial Driver’s License under the new FMSCA regulations.

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Who do the new ELDT (Entry Level Driver Training) regulations apply to?

The FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) has set commercial driver training standards that have taken effect on February 7th, 2022.  If you already had a CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) before this date you are not required to complete this standardized training.  However, the following three scenarios will help you understand if the ELDT training requirements apply to you to obtain your CDL.

  1. You are seeking a CDL Class A or CDL Class B for the first time.
  2. You are seeking to upgrade an existing Class B CDL to a Class A CDL
  3. You are seeking any of the following CDL endorsements for the first time:
    1. School bus (S) endorsement
    2. Passenger (P) endorsement
    3. Hazardous Materials (H) endorsement

Step 1:  Complete an Approved EDLT Theory Course

Once you have completed the ELDT training course your registered training provider will remit your certification to FMCSA via the Training Provider Registry.  This step can be taken online. The ELDT training provider link listed below are valid for online ELDT training in all 50 states:

CDL Direct

Step 2: Take the written test.

The written test can be taken at your local Department of Motor Vehicles.  Most states require you to provide proof of residency and to bring proof of passing the DOT (Department of Transportation) physical requirements.  They will also examine your current driving record.  The online theory training in Step 1 will prepare you for this test.  Once passed, you can be issued your CLP (Commercial Learner’s Permit).

Step 3:  Behind the wheel training with an approved CDL Training Provider

No matter how well you understand rules for truck driving safety there is no substitution for the skills gained from being behind the wheel of a commercial vehicle and benefitting from the experience of your CDL training instructor.  Getting behind the wheel will get you ready to hit the road!

Step 4:  Take the behind the wheel skills test

Not every CDL training facility is an approved facility to administer a road test.  If you choose an in-person training facility that can save time and effort, it will simplify matters. 

Step 5: Return to the DMV to get your CDL

Be sure to check with your local DMV to ensure you have all the required documentation you need and are aware of any fees they will charge you.  After receiving your certificate from your behind-the-wheel CDL driving school showing proof you have taken and passed all required training steps you can return to the DMV for your CDL and you are on your way! 

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