Nebraska CDL Drivers, Trainers To Abide By New Federals Rules

Nebraska CDL Drivers, Trainers To Abide By New Federals Rules
Courtesy of DMV.

LINCOLN – Starting this February new requirements for some Commercial Drivers’ License (CDL) application and CDL training providers will be enforced.

According to a release from the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles, the new rule from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will require drivers seeking their first CDL or those applying to upgrade their CDL class to receive federally approved Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT).

This requirement only applies to new applicants. All drivers who hold a CDL issued before February 7, 2022, will be exempt from this requirement, unless they later choose to upgrade their CDL class or seek endorsements including passenger (P), school bus (S) and hazardous materials (H).

To receive ELDT, new applicants will have to receive the training from a FMCSA approved provider. Third party training providers who charge for ELDT training will need to be approved by the Nebraska DMV as an official Driver Training School. Companies or trainers who do not charge for training, such as companies that internally train their own employees, are exempt from the state requirement, but will still be subject to federal requirements.

Training providers who are required to become an approved Driver Training School should apply as soon as possible, as the approval process may take up to one month.

Nebraska DMV officials state that this new rule will make a significant impact on those who want to obtain a CDL as well as CDL training providers. It is important to remember that anyone who currently has a CDL will not be required to receive this training, again, unless they someday apply for an upgraded CDL class or a passenger (P), school bus (S), or hazardous materials (H) endorsement.

More information about the new CDL training rules can be found on the Nebraska DMV’s website at dmv.nebraska.gov/dl/driver-training-and-testing or at the FMCSA’s website at tpr.fmcsa.dot.gov. Training providers who are required to become an approved Driver Training School should contact the Nebraska DMV directly at 402-471-3861.

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