The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published a notice in the Federal Register July 18, proposing a two-year delay for compliance of certain provisions in the Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) rule.
The stated basis for the delay is to allow additional time for development of the secure electronic transfer of information to the certified training provider registry and state driver licensing agencies.
The proposed two-year extension would delay the date by which training providers must begin uploading driver-specific training certification information into the Training Provider Registry. FMCSA indicated they were working on a temporary solution to a "glitch" in the system.
The referenced glitch would delay the regulatory requirement that electronic information system transfers permit secure communication among driver training schools, state licensing agencies and FMCSA. The regulation requires schools to transfer validation to FMCSA that applicant drivers successfully completed their classroom and behind the wheel requirements. FMCSA would then forward the certifications electronically to the appropriate state licensing agencies.
The Agency is not proposing any additional revisions to the requirements established by the ELDT final rule. Beginning February 7, 2020, training providers that offer ELDT must be listed on the Training Provider Registry.
Drivers seeking a CDL or endorsement on or after February 7, 2020, are still required to complete the required training, as set forth in the ELDT final rule.
To submit comments to the proposals online, go to
, put the docket number, FMCSA-2007-27748, in the keyword box, and click "Search." When the new screen appears, click on the "Comment Now!" button and type your comment into the text box on the following screen.