New Entry-Level Driver Training Rule

Compliance with the new Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) rule is here. As of February 7, 2022, the education requirements have changed for anyone who wants to:


♦ Obtain a Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

♦ Upgrade a CDL

♦ Obtain a passenger, school bus or hazmat endorsement


Before taking the CDL test, these drivers will now have to successfully complete a specific program of theory and behind-the-wheel instruction provided by a school or other entity on FMCSA's new Training Provider Registry (TPR).

That means the requirements are also changing if you want to train your own drivers to get their CDLs. 


J. J. Keller makes compliance with ELDT easier. Learn More. 


Talk with a Compliance Specialist today at 833-982-1236

NEW DRIVERS: Looking for a school or other entity that's qualified to deliver entry-level driver training? Find them by searching the Training Provider Registry.

The new Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) rule was effective on February 7, 2022. Learn how this major change impacts your fleet as J. J. Keller® Senior Transportation Safety Editor Jill Schultz provides answers to your key questions!


Entry-Level Driver Training: Understanding the Impact to Your Fleet 

The final rule differs greatly from the current entry-level driver training rule.  Download this free whitepaper to find out how your driver training program will be impacted. 

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J. J. Keller® ELDT Solutions

We have everything you need to comply with the new ELDT rule. Our services include:


Trainer Certification Program certifies your trainers to train entry-level drivers according to the new rule using J. J. Keller curriculum. An expert J. J. Keller instructor will educate your trainers on how to effectively deliver both the theory and behind-the-wheel entry-level driver training. Plus, we'll provide full support to ensure your company is registered on the Training Provider Registry (TPR).


ELDT Training Program Assessment reviews your entry-level driver training program to verify that it meets or exceeds the FMCSA’s ELDT final rule. This includes an assessment of your facilities, vehicles, trainers, certifications, documentation and recordkeeping, training curriculum and more. We’ll also assist you with getting registered on the TPR.


ELDT Curriculum that provides you with our best-in-class ELDT program covering the required theory and behind-the-wheel training. It consists of 200 hours of regulatory-compliant training materials, including driver and trainer textbooks, online courses, and instruction for conducting range and road exercises.

Get your entry-level drivers on the road to a safer career with help from J. J. Keller!


Call today — 833.982.1236

ELDT Frequently Asked Questions 

In order to provide entry-level driver training, a training provider must be listed on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) Training Provider Registry (TPR). To be eligible for listing on the TPR, the training provider must follow curriculum, instructor, and facility requirements as outlined by the FMCSA.

1. Basic Operation 

2. Safe Operating Procedures

3. Advanced Operating Practices

4. Vehicle Systems

5. Reporting Malfunctions 

6. Non-Driving Activities 

Theory and behind-the-wheel instructors must hold an appropriate class of Commercial Driver's License (including appropriate endorsement(s)) and have at least two years of experience as a driver and/or instructor. These individuals must also meet all applicable state qualifciation requirements for commercial motor vehicle instructors. Learn more. 

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