Federal law now requires training for commercial vehicle operators

Federal Law Now Requires Training For Commercial Vehicle Operators
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A new federally mandated training program means changes for commercial vehicle operators.

The Missouri Department of Revenue says a federally mandated training program will take effect Feb. 7, 2022.

Beginning that day, all new commercial driver license (CDL) applicants and those applying for certain CDL upgrades must be listed in the federal Training Provider Registry. They must also complete an approved Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) program before being allowed to complete skills testing.

ELDT Regulations

The ELDT regulations defined by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in 49 CFR 380 establish standardized, minimum training requirements for entry-level CMV operators in interstate and intrastate commerce who are applying for:

  • A Class A or Class B commercial driver license (CDL) for the first time;
  • A Class C CDL with Passenger, School Bus or hazardous materials endorsement for the first time;
  • An upgrade of their CDL (e.g., a Class B CDL holder seeking a Class A CDL); or
  • A hazardous materials (H), passenger (P), or school bus (S) endorsement for the first time.

The ELDT requirement is not retroactive. The requirements do not apply to individuals holding a valid CDL or an H, P, or S endorsement issued prior to Feb. 7, 2022. Additionally, individuals who obtain a commercial learner’s permit (CLP) before the Feb. 7, 2022, compliance date are not subject to ELDT requirements as long as they obtain a CDL before the expiration date of the CLP.