Obtaining a CDL after Feb. 7 will require mandatory training

The rules are about to change for individuals who plan to obtain a Commercial Drivers License (CDL) after February 7th, 2020.

The new rules established by The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), apply to individuals who want to;

  • Obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL);
  • Upgrade a CDL; or
  • Obtain a passenger, school bus or hazmat endorsement.

The process of receiving a CDL will become more detailed and take longer to acquire. A driver will no longer obtain a permit and drive with a CDL driver for a few hours before taking a road test.

Under the new requirements, before taking the CDL test, an entry-level driver must successfully complete a prescribed program of theory and behind-the-wheel instruction provided by a school or other entity listed on FMCSA’s Training Provider Registry (TPR).

On July 18th, 2019 the FMCSA proposed an extension of the date requiring entry-level driver training (ELDT) to February 7, 2022, due to IT glitches.

The proposed rule would provide FMCSA additional time to complete the development of the electronic interface that will receive and store ELDT certification information from training providers and transmit that information to the state driver licensing agencies. The delay also would give state driver licensing agencies sufficient time to modify their information technology systems and procedures to accommodate their receipt of driver-specific ELDT data from the training provider registry.

There has been no update from the FMCSA on whether or not his extension has been granted.

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