ELDT - Passenger Endorsement Course

Individuals aiming to obtain a Passenger Endorsement (P) for their CDL license are required to successfully complete this course before they are eligible for their skills test. After finishing the course, the results will be recorded in the FMCSA Training Provider Registry. CDL testing centers, before offering any testing services, will access these results from the FMCSA Training Provider Registry to verify the student's completion of the course.

Prepare to fulfill the stated-administered knowledge requirement for your Passenger (P) endorsement.
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FMCSA Approved

Valid In 50 States

What's included?

  • Fully Narrated
  • No Hidden Costs
  • Practice Questions
  • Customer Support
  • Certificate Download
  • Completion Reporting to FMCSA

Enhancing Safety Knowledge

This course includes comprehensive training on passenger transportation safety. This course covers essential topics such as emergency procedures, passenger management, and safe driving practices specific to transporting passengers. By participating in this course, individuals gain a deep understanding of safety protocols, reducing the risk of accidents and ensuring the well-being of passengers.

Flexible Self- Paced Course

Go as Fast or as Slow as You Want to. The ELDT Passenger Endorsement Course offers a flexible learning environment tailored to each individual's unique pace. You have the freedom to progress through the course materials at a speed that suits their learning style and schedule. 

Course Curriculum 

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Course Overview
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has set forth essential training standards for individuals seeking a Passenger (P) Endorsement on their commercial driver's license (CDL). If you are pursuing a Passenger Endorsement, you must adhere to the entry-level driver training (ELDT) requirements. This Passenger Endorsement theory course is offered by a training provider recognized on the FMCSA's Training Provider Registry (TPR) and is a prerequisite for eligibility to take the state-administered Passenger Endorsement exam.

The course is specifically designed for drivers aiming to acquire a Passenger Endorsement on their CDL, meeting all theoretical (knowledge) requirements as outlined in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 49 CFR Part 380, Special Training Requirements. It includes comprehensive sections on basic operation of passenger vehicles, safe operating procedures, advanced operating practices, understanding vehicle systems and reporting malfunctions, and relevant non-driving responsibilities.

Upon successful completion of this online course, your record will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) TPR. Following this and other federal training requirements, such as practical behind-the-wheel experience, you will be prepared to take your state's CDL test for the Passenger Endorsement. Successfully passing the CDL test with a Passenger Endorsement enables you to be qualified for roles involving the operation of passenger-carrying vehicles, such as buses, and may enhance your employability in passenger transportation sectors.

Course Learning Objectives

Understanding Passenger Transportation Regulations: Gain comprehensive knowledge about the regulations governing the transportation of passengers, ensuring you're fully informed about safety and legal standards.
Driver Duties for Passenger Transport: Learn the essential responsibilities of a driver in passenger transport, including managing emergencies and ensuring passenger safety.
Passenger Vehicle Operation and Maintenance: Understand the specifics of operating and maintaining passenger vehicles, including vehicle inspections, fueling procedures, and accommodating passengers safely and comfortably.
Safe Passenger Vehicle Operation: Acquire skills related to the safe operation of passenger vehicles, focusing on areas such as conducting thorough vehicle inspections and understanding the nuances of transporting different passenger groups.

Benefits of Completing the Course
  • Meets ELDT Requirements for Passenger (P) CDL Endorsement: Completing this course satisfies the Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) requirements necessary for obtaining the Passenger (P) endorsement on your commercial driver's license.

  • Prepares for the State-Administered Passenger Endorsement Test: Equips you with the knowledge and skills needed to successfully pass the state-administered knowledge test for the Passenger Endorsement.

  • Qualifies You for Passenger Transport Roles: Upon receiving the Passenger Endorsement, you will be eligible to operate vehicles like buses and shuttles, enhancing your opportunities in passenger transport.

Basic Operation
Control Systems/Dashboard
Pre- and Post-Trip Inspections
Basic Control
Shifting/Operating Transmissions
Backing and Docking
Safe Operating Procedures
Visual Search
Distracted Driving
Speed Management
Space Management
Night Operation
Extreme Driving Conditions
Advanced Operating Practices
Hazard Perception
Skid Control/Recovery, Jackknifing, and Other Emergencies
Railroad-Highway Grade Crossings
Vehicle Systems and Reporting Malfunctions
Identification and Diagnosis of Malfunctions
Roadside Inspections
Non-Driving Activities
Handling and Documenting Cargo
Environmental Compliance Issues
Hours of Service Requirements
Fatigue and Wellness Awareness
Post-Crash Procedures
External Communications
Trip Planning
Medical Requirements
To take this course, you will need to ensure that your system meets the technical requirements.

Computer or Mobile Device: A computer (desktop/laptop) or a mobile device (smartphone/tablet) that is less than 5 years old is recommended.

Internet Connection: A stable internet connection with a download speed of at least 25 Mbps, an upload speed of at least 3 Mbps, and a ping response of less than 100ms is recommended

Hardware: Speakers are required for activities such as listening to audio or videos.

Software: Required software may include internet browsers such as Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. Additional software and specific requirements may vary by course and can be found in the course syllabus.

Technical Proficiency: Basic computer skills and the ability to be self-directed in learning new technology skills are often necessary.
This course was created by expert instructors in the field of driving education and follows all curriculum as mandated by law.

While this course is not led by an instructor, assistance is readily available through email, online forms, and telephone support.

Frequently asked questions

What is the Online ELDT Course for Passenger Endorsement?

This course is a detailed and comprehensive online training program tailored to meet the Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) standards for acquiring a Passenger (P) endorsement on a commercial driver's license (CDL). It's designed to provide in-depth knowledge and skills essential for safely operating passenger-carrying vehicles, such as buses, coaches, and shuttles. The curriculum includes a variety of modules covering passenger safety, vehicle operation, legal compliance, and effective communication with passengers.

Who should take this course?

Ideal for current CDL holders or those in the process of obtaining one, this course is specifically aimed at individuals who aspire to drive vehicles that transport passengers. It's perfect for those looking to work in roles such as bus drivers, shuttle service drivers, or any profession that involves the transportation of passengers.

When can I start this course?

You can register and start the course whenever you are ready. Once you complete the registration process, you will have immediate access to the course. 

What are the benefits of obtaining a Passenger endorsement?

Obtaining a Passenger endorsement significantly broadens your professional driving opportunities. It opens up various roles in passenger transportation, such as bus driving, shuttle services, and tour operations, potentially leading to new and rewarding career paths in the transportation industry.

How long does it take to complete this course?

The duration to complete the course varies from person to person. While some individuals may complete it in a few hours, others might take a few days. The course is designed to accommodate your schedule, allowing you to save your progress at any point and resume from where you left off when you return.

What happens when I complete the course?

Upon successful completion of the course, participants receive a certificate of completion, and their achievement is recorded in the FMCSA Training Provider Registry. This certification is a crucial step towards qualifying for the state-administered Passenger endorsement test, which is the final step in obtaining the endorsement.

Is this course recognized by the FMCSA?

Yes, the course is fully aligned with the standards set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for Passenger endorsements. This ensures that the training you receive is not only comprehensive but also officially recognized and valid for the Passenger endorsement ELDT requirements.

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I recently completed the ELDT Passenger Endorsement course offered by this driving school. Despite the lack of instructors, the course content was well-structured and easy to navigate, with a strong focus on passenger safety. The self-paced online format allowed me to balance my studies with a busy schedule. I now feel confident and well-prepared for a successful career in passenger transport. Highly recommended for flexible and comprehensive training.
James S
The ELDT Passenger Endorsement course was a valuable experience, even without instructors. The course materials were comprehensive and well-organized, emphasizing passenger safety. The self-paced online format offered convenience, although I missed direct instructor interaction. I feel well-prepared to excel in passenger transport roles after completing the course.
Olivia M
Kudos to this driving school for offering the self-directed ELDT Passenger Endorsement course online. Despite the absence of instructors, the course content was well-structured, ensuring a smooth learning process. Comprehensive coverage of passenger safety and management left me well-prepared for success. I now have the knowledge and confidence to safely transport passengers in my career. This course is an excellent choice for those seeking flexible and thorough training.
Michael R

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