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Entry Level Driver Training

Entry Level Driver Training is a federal rule, effective February 7, 2020, which establishes minimum training requirements for individuals who are applying for a Class A or Class B CDL, an upgrade of their CDL or a hazardous materials (H),passenger (P), or school bus (S) endorsement for their license for the first time. ELDT contains two parts, Theory and Behind The Wheel (BTW) training. ELDT is separate from CDL testing and must be completed prior to the individual taking their CDL skills test.

The federal rule does not require a minimum number of instruction hours for Behind the Wheel training, HOWEVER KANSAS SCHOOL BUS REGULATION, KAR 91-38-6 REQUIRES A MINIMUM OF 12 HOURS. The training instructor must cover all topics set forth in the BTW curriculum. BTW training must be conducted in a School Bus for which a Class B CDL is required. The instructor must determine and document that each driver-trainee has demonstrated proficiency in all elements of the BTW curriculum unless otherwise noted. A simulation device cannot be used to conduct such training or to demonstrate proficiency. Training instructors* must document the total number of clock hours each driver-trainee spends to complete the BTW curriculum. Please note, federal law 49 CFR 383.25 prohibits a Commercial Learners Permit (CLP) holder from transporting students.

* Instructor requirements: Minimum Class B CDL plus appropriate endorsements, 2 years CMV driving experience, No CMV driving convictions during the two years prior, instructors self-certify with the state.

Follow this link to view frequently asked questions from FMCSA regarding ELT (Entry Level Training).

https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/registration/commercial-drivers-license/eldt/faqs

KSDE ELDT Basics Overview (PDF)

FMCSA PART 380 FMCSA Regulations pertaining to Entry Level Driver Training

Behind The Wheel Documentation Forms - Optional Form/Worksheet which can be used to document ELDT Behind The Wheel Training

Class B CDL plus P & S Endorsement
P & S Endorsement
S Endorsement

School Bus Safety Director
Keith Dreiling
785-296-4567
785-296-6659 (fax)
kdreiling@ksde.org

School Bus Safety Assistant Director
Dennis Tate
785-296-4545
dtate@ksde.org

School Bus Training Coordinator 
Melissa Ostermeyer
785-296-5659
mostermeyer@ksde.org

Senior Administrative Assistant
Annette Blevins
785-296-3551
ablevins@ksde.org

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