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General ELDT Theory Help Center

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Welcome to our dedicated General ELDT (Entry-Level Driver Training) Theory Help Center! This page is designed to offer comprehensive guidance and resources specifically tailored to the theoretical components of the ELDT requirements for aspiring commercial drivers. Here, you'll find everything from detailed explanations of the ELDT theory curriculum, eligibility criteria for prospective CDL applicants, to specific information on the range of topics covered, including vehicle operation, road safety, and regulations pertaining to commercial driving. We also provide tips for mastering the theory exam and strategies for effective learning and retention. Whether you're embarking on your journey to obtain a CDL for the first time, or you're an existing driver looking to update your knowledge in line with the latest ELDT standards, our Help Center is here to support your educational needs every step of the way. Let's embark on this educational journey together, ensuring you're well-prepared and knowledgeable, thus enhancing safety and professionalism in your driving career.

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*Please always refer to your State Specific CDL Manual for all Rules and Regulations pertaining to Commercial Licenses*

What is ELDT?

Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) is a set of standards established by the FMCSA for training new drivers seeking their CDL. It includes both theory and behind-the-wheel training components. This industry-wide change began in 2012 and the ELDT final rule came in 2016. With the ELDT regulations in place, the trucking industry will benefit from national training standards and improved driver skills.CDL training programs will register with the FMCSA’s training provider registry (TPR) and cover certain topics in their CDL training curricula. An ELDT curriculum will need to include training in basic operation, non-driving activities, and vehicle systems and malfunctions reporting. Drivers will then need to pass a CDL knowledge test. There is still no minimum number of hours for driving experience or formal training.

Who needs to take ELDT CDL Theory courses?

ELDT is mandatory for individuals seeking to obtain a CDL for the first time, upgrade an existing Class B CDL to a Class A CDL, or obtain certain endorsements like Hazmat, Passenger, or School Bus for the first time.

What are the different types of CDL classes and endorsements?

Class A CDL allows driving multiple types of heavy combination vehicles such as a tractor trailer, Class B CDL is for operating solid heavy vehicles like buses and dump trucks. Endorsements like Hazmat, Passenger, and School Bus are additional certifications for specific types of cargo or passengers.

What topics are covered in the CDL Theory courses?

Courses cover a range of topics including road safety, vehicle inspection and maintenance, hours of service, cargo management, and specific topics based on the class of CDL and endorsements.

How long are the ELDT CDL Theory courses?

The duration varies depending on the course type. Some courses can be completed in a few hours while some take a few days to complete.

What are the costs associated with the courses?

Costs vary by the program and start at $99.

Is there an exam at the end of the course?

Yes, students must pass a theory exam with a score of 80% or higher to complete the course successfully.

What are the requirements for passing the course?

Requirements include successfully completing all units of the course and passing the final exam with a minimum score of 80%.

Can I take the course online?

All of our theory courses can be completed online at your own pace. 

Is there anything I need to bring to my local DMV after completing the Course?

No. Once you successfully complete the course, we submit your information to the FMCSA. From there, it will reflect in your local DMV system that you have completed the ELDT Course. 
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