Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulatory updates

​This page provides information about Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulatory updates that may affect Commercial Driver License (CDL) operators and commercial driving organizations in Wisconsin.

Please contact FMCSA using the contact information below for more information or questions regarding the federal regulations listed.

Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT)

FMCSA Rule 49 CFR 380 requires the following applicants to have successfully completed Entry-Level Driver Training [including theory and behind-the-wheel (BTW) instruction] at a training provider/training entity listed on the Agency’s Training Provider Registry (TPR).

  • New drivers
  • Class Upgrades (Class B to Class A)
  • Adding Hazardous Materials Endorsement (H)
  • Adding Passenger Endorsement (P)
  • Adding School Bus Endorsement (S)

Drivers who hold a valid Class A or Class B CDL, or a Passenger (P), School Bus (S) or Hazardous Materials (H) endorsement issued before February 7, 2022, will not be required to comply with this subpart pertaining to their CDL or endorsement.

Individuals who obtain a CLP before February 7, 2022, are not required to comply with this subpart if they obtain a CDL before the CLP or renewed CLP expires.

ELDT compliance date

WisDOT received official notice that Federal Regulation 49 CFR 380, which contains Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) requirements, has extended its compliance date from February 7, 2020, to February 7, 2022.

In accordance with the extension of the compliance date, WisDOT will also not require ELDT requirements to be implemented prior to February 7, 2022.

ELDT regulation

FMCSA contact information

Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

The Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA) established the Commercial Driver License (CDL) Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse (Clearinghouse). This database contains information pertaining to violations of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) controlled substances (drug) and alcohol testing program for holders of CDLs.

The Clearinghouse rule requires FMCSA-regulated employers, medical review officers (MROs), substance abuse professionals (SAPs), consortia/third party administrators (C/TPAs) and other service agents to report to the Clearinghouse information related to violations of the drug and alcohol regulations in 49 Code of Federal Regulations, Parts 40 and 382, by current and prospective employees.

The Clearinghouse final rule requires the following:

  • Employers must query the Clearinghouse for current and prospective employees' drug and alcohol violations before permitting those employees to operate a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) on public roads.
  • Employers must annually query the Clearinghouse for each driver they currently employ.

Compliance date - January 6, 2020

Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse resources

FMCSA contact information


Additional FMCSA contact information and resources