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Learn about ELDT and its role in preparing you for a successful trucking career

A Beginner's Guide to Entry-Level Driver Training and the Trucking Industry

What is an Entry-Level Driver Training?


The ELDT regulations are a set of minimum Federal guidelines for entry-level drivers. This includes rules about when and how often you can take certain skills or knowledge tests, depending on your permit type; it also exempts some people from having to complete some training requirements at all!

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ELDT applies only to any CDL Permit after February 7, 2022.

For every CDL Permit issued after February 7, 2022, Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) is required. You must enroll in and complete the Class A or B Theory Course if you are applying for your first Class A or Class B CDL. The ELDT Theory Course MUST be finished prior to the start of Training. A certificate will be sent to you once you have finished the ELDT Theory Course; you must show the certificate to your school.

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Who is considered an entry-level driver? Individuals applying to:

  • Obtain a Class A CDL 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.

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ELDT Exceptions

The ELDT regulations do not apply to individuals excepted from the CDL requirements under 49 CFR part 383.

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