ELDT - Passenger Endorsement Course

Individuals looking to get 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.

Add a Passenger Endorsement (P) to your CDL License

Fully Narrated


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
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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 online 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.
At Online Traffic Safety, our narrative is shaped by dedication, expertise, and forward-thinking, firmly anchored in the foundational values of safety, security, and accountability. We originated in response to the urgent demand for thorough safety measures in the realm of passenger transport, acknowledging the paramount significance of protecting our communities and the environment from potential risks.

In collaboration with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and other regulatory bodies, we've instituted stringent background screenings, safety assessments, and security training, maintaining the strictest standards prescribed by the United States Department of Transportation (DOT). This cooperative strategy ensures that all involved, from bus drivers to passenger service personnel, gain a profound comprehension of regulations, emergency response techniques, and the prudent management of passenger safety.

Our online courses, encompassing fundamental safety instruction to advanced passenger service certification, are tailored to cater to the multifaceted needs of the transportation sector. Through intensive training and ongoing education, we empower individuals with the resources and understanding necessary to make judicious choices, ensuring the secure and safe movement of passengers nationwide.

At Online Traffic Safety, our journey continues. It is a tale of perseverance, commitment, and unwavering dedication to transforming the world into a safer place through education, innovation, and cooperation. We stand at the vanguard of traffic safety, envisioning a future where passenger transport is executed with the highest degree of care and precision, protecting lives and the environment for future generations.

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.

How can you get a CDL License with a Passenger Endorsement?

Obtaining a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) with a Passenger (P) Endorsement in the United States involves several steps, which can vary slightly by state. However, the general process is consistent across the country, aimed at ensuring drivers are qualified to safely transport passengers. Here's a breakdown of the typical steps involved:

1. Obtain a Regular Driver's License

You must have a valid non-commercial driver's license before applying for a CDL.

2. Meet the Minimum Age Requirement

You must be at least 21 to drive a commercial vehicle across state lines, carry hazardous materials, or obtain a passenger endorsement. Some states allow those 18 and over to obtain a CDL for intrastate (within the same state) driving.

3. Pass a Medical Examination

You must be physically qualified to drive a commercial vehicle. This involves passing a medical examination by a professional listed on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.

4. Obtain a Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP)

Before getting a CDL, you need to pass written knowledge tests to obtain a CLP. The knowledge test covers general commercial driving information, and there might be additional tests for specific endorsements, including the Passenger Endorsement. Typically, you must hold the CLP for a minimum period (often 14 days) before you can take the CDL driving skills test.

5. Complete Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) for a Passenger Endorsement

As of February 7, 2022, the FMCSA requires new CDL applicants seeking a Passenger Endorsement to complete specific training provided by an authorized provider listed on the Training Provider Registry. This training includes both theory and behind-the-wheel instruction.

6. Pass the CDL Driving Skills Test

After holding your CLP for the required period, you can take the CDL driving skills test, which includes a pre-trip inspection, a basic controls test, and a road test. This must be done in a vehicle that matches the class of CDL you are applying for with a passenger endorsement.

7. Pass the Passenger Endorsement Knowledge Test

In addition to the general CDL tests, you'll need to pass a specific knowledge test for the Passenger Endorsement. This test covers topics relevant to safely transporting passengers, such as handling emergencies, loading/unloading passengers, and special considerations for buses.

8. Background Check and Additional Requirements

For certain endorsements (like the School Bus (S) Endorsement), you may also need to pass a background check. While not universally required for a Passenger Endorsement, it's essential to check if your state or employer has additional requirements.

9. Pay the Required Fees

There will be fees for the application, tests, and issuance of the CDL and endorsements. These fees vary by state.

10. Maintain Your CDL and Endorsement

Stay informed about renewal deadlines, additional training requirements, and any changes in regulations to keep your CDL with Passenger Endorsement valid.

Additional Considerations

  • State Variations: Always check the specific requirements in your state, as regulations and procedures can differ.
  • Preparation and Resources: Utilize study guides, practice tests, and training courses to prepare for the knowledge and skills tests

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I was a little worried about juggling work and taking the ELDT Passenger Endorsement course with Online Traffic Safety, but it turned out great. The way they set up the course made it super easy to get through the material, even with my crazy hours. It’s all broken down into pieces that make sense, and you can go at your own pace. I learned a lot about keeping passengers safe, which was my main goal. For anyone looking to get into driving buses or anything like that, I’d definitely recommend giving this course a shot. Made me feel a lot more ready for the job ahead."
Pedro G
I just finished the passenger course from Online Traffic Safety and I have to say, it was worth it. The layout was straightforward, so finding my way around was simple. They covered everything you’d need to know, from handling emergencies to the everyday stuff like loading passengers correctly. What I liked was being able to fit the learning into my schedule without it taking over my life. The quizzes helped make sure I was keeping up, too. If you’re getting into driving professionally and need the endorsement, I would recommend taking his course. 
Linda M
I was on the fence about taking the ELDT Passenger Endorsement course online, but I’m glad I went for it with Online Traffic Safety. The content is solid, with plenty of real-world examples that show what you might run into on the job. I could do it in between shifts, which was perfect for me. By the end, I felt like I had a good handle on what’s expected for safely driving passengers around. If you’re looking to get into this line of work, this course is a pretty good way to get yourself up to speed. Two thumbs up from me.
Marcy R

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