CDL Entry-Level Driver Training

Skills Testing Prerequisite
Applicants with a Commercial Learner Permit issued on or after February 7, 2022, must successfully complete a mandatory theory (knowledge) and behind-the-wheel (BTW) training program prior to taking the CDL skills testing.

This includes:

Obtaining a Class A or Class B CDL for the first time;

Upgrading an existing Class B CDL to a Class A CDL; or

Obtaining a school bus (S), passenger (P), or hazardous materials (H) endorsement for the first time.


Hazardous Materials Prerequisite
Applicants for a hazardous materials (H) endorsement must complete mandatory theory training provided by a training provider listed on FMCSA's Training Provider Registry prior to taking the knowledge test for the H endorsement unless a hazardous materials (H) was obtained before February 7, 2022.

ELDT Exceptions:
Applicants with a CLP issued prior to February 7, 2022 who obtain a CDL before the CLP expires are not subject to the ELDT requirements.

Individuals who hold a valid CDL, including those with an S, P, or H endorsement, are not required to complete additional ELDT training unless upgrading or adding endorsements as indicated above.

Any individual who meets one of the exceptions for taking a skills test is also exempt from
the ELDT requirements.

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