ELDT: Getting Started

What is ELDT?

ELDT stands for Entry-Level Driver Training. This new mandate, created by the United States government, went into effect on February 7, 2022 and requires many drivers to complete Behind-the-Wheel (BTW) and/or Theory training courses.  Watch the ELDT Explainer Video for more information.

Do I need ELDT?

The ELDT regulations establish minimum training requirements for entry-level commercial motor vehicle operators in interstate and intrastate commerce who are applying for:

  •     A Class A or Class B commercial driver’s license (CDL) for the first time;
  •     An upgrade of their CDL (e.g., a Class B CDL holder seeking a Class A CDL); or
  •     A Hazardous Materials (H), Passenger (P), or School Bus (S) endorsement for the first time.

The requirements do not apply to individuals holding a valid CDL or an H, P, or S endorsement issued prior to February 7, 2022. Individuals who obtained a commercial learner’s permit (CLP) before February 7, 2022 are not subject to ELDT requirements as long as they obtain a CDL before the expiration date of their CLP or renewed CLP.

Can theory and behind-the-wheel (BTW) training be provided by separate training providers?

Theory (knowledge) and Behind-the-Wheel (BTW) training may be delivered by separate training providers.  However, both training providers must be listed on the Training Provider Registry (TPR), and both must submit driver-specific training certification information (i.e., proof of training) to the TPR seperately.

What is the Training Provider Registry?

The Training Provider Registry (TPR) is a system set up by the United States government to help CDL applicants connect with training providers to complete the required Entry-Level Driver Training. Visit our “Understanding the Training Provider Registry blog for more information on the TPR.

Do your courses cover all of my State's requirements?

ELDT is a federal, nation-wide mandate that covers the entire United States. Our online, ELDT Theory courses meet all federal requirements found in FMCSA 49 CFR part 380. Some states require additional training, documentation, testing, etc. before students can gain a CDL. Be sure to check your local and State requirements to ensure that you are complying with all requirements.

Are there specific hour requirements for ELDT theory training?

According to the FMCSA's federal ELDT requirements, there is no minimum number of hours that driver-trainees must spend on the Theory (i.e., knowledge) portion of individual ELDT courses. However, students are required to take a course that covers a required group of topics and pass an exam with a minimum score of 80%.

What about Endorsements?

Drivers who operate special types of Commercial Motor Vehicles are required to complete additional testing and training to add endorsements to their CDL. Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) is required for drivers attempting to get their Hazmat, Passenger, or School Bus endorsement. For more information visit our “Understanding ELDT: CDL Endorsements blog.

How do I find a Behind-the-Wheel (BTW) training provider?

Students can use the Training Provider Registry (TPR) to search for Behind-the-Wheel trainers in their area. Students have the option to search by Training Type, Location, and/or Provider Name in order to find the appropriate Behind-the-Wheel trainer for their needs.

Do you offer bulk pricing or business options?

Yes! SaferTraining offers discounts for bulk purchases and even has a Partnership Program for businesses, schools, CDL-prep academies. Contact us today for more information.



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