Certain drivers are subject to ELDT requirements, CFR 49 380 Subpart F, and must complete training mandated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). This includes those applying to:
Obtain a Class A or Class B CDL for the first time;
Upgrade an existing CDL to a Class B or Class A; or
Obtain a school bus (S), passenger (P),
or hazardous materials (H) endorsement for the first time,
The ELDT requirements must be verified prior to taking a CDL skills test or prior to the knowledge test for an ‘H’ endorsement.
The ELDT regulations are not retroactive and 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. If a CDL is not obtained prior to the expiration of the CLP, the applicant is subject to the ELDT requirements.
Any individual who meets one of the exception for taking a skills test in 49 CFR Part 383 is also exempt from the ELDT requirements.
About the ELDT Training Provider Registry
The FMCSA Training Provider Registry (TPR) provides CDL applicants with the official list of providers authorized to administer the ELDT training.
For more information about the ELDT regulations and the TPR, visit Training Provider Registry (dot.gov).
What is a commercial driver license (CDL)?
Operating large commercial motor vehicles requires specialized skills and training that must be learned. A CDL is a professional license permitting the holder of the license to drive those large commercial vehicles and buses on public roadways in Texas and in the United States. This license demonstrates that you have been trained, tested, and are qualified to safely operate large commercial motor vehicles.
What types of CDLs are there?
To obtain a CDL, it will be necessary for you to determine which class you will need. There are three basic classes of CDLs:
Class A – Permits the holder to operate any combination of vehicles with a gross combination weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more, provided the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle or vehicles towed exceeds 10,000 pounds.
Class B – Permits the holder to operate any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 pounds or more, any one of those vehicles towing a vehicle that does not exceed 10,000 pounds GVWR, and any vehicle designed to transport 24 passengers or more, including the driver. If the skills test is taken in a bus with a GVWR of less than 26,001 pounds, the holder will be restricted to operating busses under 26,001 pounds GVWR.
Class C – Permits the holder to operate any single vehicle or combination of vehicles that is not a Class A or B if the vehicle is designed to transport 16 to 23 passengers including the driver, or used in the transportation of hazardous materials that require the vehicle to be placarded under 49 CFR, Part 172, Subpart F.
What are Endorsements?
Depending upon what you will be transporting, you may need one or more of the following six endorsements. An endorsement allows you to operate certain types of commercial motor vehicles and transport specific items. There is additional testing required to obtain an endorsement and in some cases, if you already have a CDL you will be required to hold a commercial learner permit for that endorsement for at least 14 days before being able to add it to your CDL. Additional training is required after February 7, 2022 (see Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) section below.)
Double/Triple Trailer (T endorsement) – This endorsement allows you to tow a double or triple trailer.
Passenger (P endorsement) – This endorsement allows you to operate a vehicle that carries a specific number of passengers.
Tank Vehicle (N endorsement) – This endorsement allows you to operate a tank vehicle. These vehicles are designed to safely transport liquid or liquefied gaseous materials.
Hazardous Materials (H) – This endorsement allows you to transport hazardous materials, such as flammable or combustible liquids, gases or explosives. You will be required to complete a comprehensive state and federal background check. For additional information visit our Hazardous Materials Endorsement webpage.
School Bus (S) – This endorsement allows you to operate a school bus.
Combination of N and H (X) – This combination endorsement allows you to transport hazardous materials in a tank vehicle.
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