FMCSA's Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) regulations set uniform minimum training standards for entry-level drivers seeking to obtain certain commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs) and CDL endorsements, as established in 49 CFR part 380 subpart F.

Entry level drivers 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.

As of February 7, 2022, individuals applying for the above CDL or endorsements must have completed the training required by the ELDT regulations to be eligible to take the required CDL skills test or the H endorsement knowledge test.

An applicant who obtains a commercial learner’s permit (CLP) before February 7, 2022, is not required to complete the entry-level driver training for obtaining a CDL, so long as the applicant obtains a CDL before the CLP expires.

The ELDT regulations apply to all entry-level drivers, except:

  • Drivers excepted from the CDL requirements under § 383.3(c), (d), or (h);
  • Drivers applying for a restricted CDL under § 383.3(e) through (g);
  • Military personnel with military CMV experience who meet all requirements and conditions of § 383.77; and
  • Drivers applying for a removal of a restriction in accordance with § 383.135(b)(7).;

States may have additional training requirements that exceed the minimum requirements established by the ELDT regulations. For more information on their state’s requirements, CDL applicants can contact the SCDMV. 

Entry-level drivers subject to the ELDT regulations must complete driver training from a training provider registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). 

For a list of registered training providers, and to learn more about the ELDT requirements, visit the FMCSA Training Provider Registry and the FMCSA ELDT FAQ page