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Entry Level Driver Training Resources

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) new requirements for commercial driver license applicants will go into effect on February 7, 2022.

The Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) requirements will affect all individuals:

  • Obtaining a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
  • Upgrading an existing CDL
  • Obtaining a School Bus, Passenger or Hazardous Materials Endorsement

ELDT must be conducted by a registered training provider listed on the federal Training Provider Registry (TPR). Training providers must register with the FMCSA in the TPR to be included on the public list of training providers. Training providers must also register to electronically submit a driver’s certification of successful completion of training, as required by the ELDT regulations.

In addition to the federal requirements, California residents applying for an original CDL (Class A or B) must complete a minimum of 15 hours of behind-the-wheel training and submit a California Commercial Driver Behind-The-Wheel Training Certification (DL 1236) to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) as proof of completion prior to the issuance of their CDL.


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