What is CDL ELDT?

As of February 7th, 2022, FMCSA mandates that all drivers applying for their CDL, upgrading their CDL, or obtaining a Passenger (P), HAZMAT (H), or School Bus (S) endorsement are trained in accordance with 49CFR Part 380. CDL Test Turbo 5.0 meets and exceeds FMCSA online training requirements. Let our experts help you get your CDL License in record time!

Understanding the Lingo:

ELDT: Entry Level Driver Training
CDL: Commercial Drivers License
CLP: Commercial Learners Permit
FMCSR: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations

TPR : Training Provider Registry
BTW: Behind the Wheel
DMV: Department of Motor Vehicles
FMCSA: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Which type of CDL License Do I Need?

You must have a commercial driver license (CDL) to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • All single vehicles with a manufacturer’s weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more.
  • All trailers with a manufacturer’s weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more, and a combined vehicles gross weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more.
  • All vehicles designed to transport 16 or more persons (including the driver). This includes private and church buses.
  • All school buses, regardless of size.
  • All vehicles used to transport any material that requires hazardous material placarding or any quantity of a material listed as a select agent or toxin in (ELECTRONIC CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS.)

The Commercial Vehicles are generally divided into 3 classes; CDL Class A, CDL Class B, and CDL Class C. The drawing below will let you know if you will need a cdl License and need to take a CDL Practice Test, and what specific class of commercial driver license you need. A higher-class CDL allows you to drive vehicles in any of the lower classes if you have the correct CDL endorsements.

Classes of License and Commercial Learner's Permits (CLP)

Any combination of vehicles which has a gross combination weight rating or gross combination weight of 11,794 kilograms or more (26,001 pounds or more) whichever is greater, inclusive of a towed unit(s) with a gross vehicle weight rating or gross vehicle weight of more than 4,536 kilograms (10,000 pounds) whichever is greater.

 Any single vehicle which has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross vehicle weight of 11,794 or more kilograms (26,001 pounds or more), or any such vehicle towing a vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating or gross vehicle weight that does not exceed  4,536 kilograms (10,000 pounds).

Any single vehicle, or combination of vehicles, that does not meet the definition of Class A or Class B, but is either designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver, or is transporting material that has been designated as hazardous under 49 U.S.C. 5103 and is required to be placarded under subpart F of 49 CFR Part 172 or is transporting any quantity of a material listed as a select agent or toxin in 42 CFR Part 73.

Do I Need a cdl license?

What is the Entry final rule?

  • Establishes minimum requirements entry must meet
  • States may have requirements that exceed Federal requirements
  • The Training Provider Registry will retain a record of which drivers have successfully completed entry level driver training.
  • Maintains a list of all registered training providers. CDL Test Turbo is a fully authorized training provider.
  • OBTAIN a Class A or Class B CDL for the first time.
  • UPGRADE an existing Class B CDL to a Class A CDL.
  • OBTAIN a school bus (S), passenger (P), or hazardous materials (H) endorsement for the first time

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

Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) Licensing Process

Choose the option below that best describes your current situation to see how to move forward under the new Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) training requirements.

All training must be provided by an authorized training provider who has a current listing on the Training Provider Registry (TPR). A list of Registered Training Providers in your area can be found here: https://tpr.fmcsa.dot.gov/Search

(1.) I haven’t started the process yet. What are the steps I need to take?

  • There are different courses for Class A and Class B, Passenger (P) Endorsement, HAZMAT (H) Endorsement, and School Bus (S) Endorsement. Make sure you are enrolling in the correct program.
  • This can be done online or in person.
  • Training must be conducted by a training provider registered with the Training Provider Registry (TPR).

Go to your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), take the required permitting exams, and get issued a Commercial Learners Permit (CLP).

Enroll in a program for Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) Behind the Wheel (BTW)
This program must be provided by a training provider registered with the Training Provider Registry (TPR).

Road exams must be scheduled and conducted by your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or Third-Party Administrator.

After passing a road exam, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will issue you a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).

(2.) I already hold a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), but I would like to add a Passenger (P), HAZMAT (H), or School Bus (S) Endorsement to my license.

  • Passenger: Theory, Behind the Wheel.
  • School Bus: Theory, Behind the Wheel.

All training must be completed before the driver can be scheduled to take a road exam.

A road exam is not required when adding a HAZMAT Endorsement, so theory training must be completed and verified before taking the written exam at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to add the Endorsement.