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FMCSA Regulation for New Commercial Drivers - Feb. 2022

Beginning in Feburary of 2022, anyone who wants to driver a commercial vehicle, must take a FMCSA approved course from an accredited driver/training school.


  • FMCSA’s Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) regulations set the baseline for training requirements for entry-level drivers. This includes those applying to:

    Obtain a Class A or Class B CDL for the first time;
    Upgrade an existing Class B CDL to a Class A CDL; or
    Obtain a school bus (S), passenger (P), or hazardous materials (H) endorsement for the first time.

  • The ELDT regulations are not retroactive; the entry-level driver training requirements do not apply to individuals holding a valid CDL or an S, P, or H endorsement issued prior to February 7, 2022.

    If an applicant who obtains a CLP prior to February 7, 2022, obtains a CDL before the CLP or renewed CLP expires, the applicant is not subject to the ELDT requirements.

    Any individual who meets one of the exceptions for taking a skills test in 49 CFR Part 383 is also exempt from the ELDT requirements.

§ 380.609 General entry-level driver training requirements.

(a) An individual who applies, for the first time, for a Class A or Class B CDL, or who upgrades to a Class A or B CDL, must complete driver training from a provider listed on the Training Provider Registry (TPR), as set forth in subpart G.

(b) An individual seeking to obtain a passenger (P), school bus (S), or hazardous materials (H) endorsement for the first time, must complete the training related to that endorsement from a training provider listed on the TPR, as set forth in subpart G.