ELDT Overview


Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) will be required by February 7, 2022. To help our members navigate the regulation’s curriculum and reporting requirements, CVTA recently announced its ELDT compliance program. This program is now available to support member schools’ and allows digital submission of documents demonstrating compliance with Theory (classroom), Behind-the-Wheel (BTW) training hours, and applicable federal, state, and local laws.

This voluntary compliance is aimed at ensuring members understand the regulation, what it requires, and what documents and data are needed to adequately prepare for 2022. By participating, members can test and evaluate their own process and procedures, review their current programs, and make any necessary changes before the regulation’s compliance date.

To participate in the program, please click the button below.

What Is Changing?

CVTA is leading the way to ensure that its members are compliant prior to February 2022. In 2022, anyone seeking a new Class A or Class B Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), or any Hazardous Materials (H), Passenger (P), or School Bus (S) endorsements must obtain formal training by training providers, who are registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The ELDT Regulation requires that all schools, employers, or unions must meet a minimum curriculum (classroom, range and road subjects) for Class A & B CDLs, and the above-mentioned endorsements. All training providers must also certify that their student-trainees are proficient prior to sitting for the CDL skills exam and must also certify that they comply with state laws and regulations.

Legislative Timeline

Since 1991, Congress and the DOT have sought to put forth a regulation that requires anyone seeking a CDL to obtain formal training before taking the CDL skills test.
Congress mandated the DOT to produce a regulation in 2012.
CVTA and 25 other industry leaders were chosen as participants in this negotiated rulemaking called the Entry-Level Driver Training Advisory Committee (ELDTAC).
New rule issued on December 8, 2016.
Full Implementation in February 2022.

CVTA strongly supports the final rule because it:

  • Requires formal training from an approved training provider
  • Sets forth a comprehensive classroom and behind the wheel curriculum
  • Requires individuals to demonstrate proficiency before sitting for the CDL exam
  • Enhances highway safety

Minimum state requirements when fully implemented in February 2022


All students to undergo a three-part curriculum: theory (classroom), behind-the-wheel (range), and behind-the-wheel (road).

  • Approximately 30 subjects
  • Proficiency in all subjects and skills
  • All students must score at least 80% on assessment

Training Providers

All training providers must:

  • Certify students are “proficient” in the skills curriculum before taking the CDL exam
  • Apply and be approved by the FMCSA
  • Be listed on the FMCSA’s Training Provider Registry (TPR)
  • Indicate how many behind-the-wheel (BTW) curriculum hours the student completed
Is your school ready for ELDT?

If you are interested in learning more, join CVTA today!