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Minimum Training Requirements for CDL Drivers

Final rule: Minimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level CDL Drivers

Publication date: December 8, 2016

Effective date: February 6, 2017


FMCSA adopts new training standards beginning February 7, 2020, for certain individuals applying for their initial commercial driver's license (CDL); an upgrade of their CDL (e.g., a Class B CDL holder seeking a Class A CDL); or a hazardous materials, passenger, or school bus endorsement for their license; and a “refresher” training curriculum. These individuals would be subject to the proposed entry-level driver training requirements and must complete a course of instruction provided by an entity that: Meets the minimum qualifications for training providers; covers the curriculum; is listed on FMCSA's proposed Training Provider Registry; and submits electronically to FMCSA the training certificate for each individual who completes the training.

The rule responds to a Congressional mandate imposed under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act and is based on consensus recommendations from the Agency's Entry-Level Driver Training Advisory Committee (ELDTAC), a negotiated rulemaking committee which held a series of meetings between February and May 2015.

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