Entry-Level Driver Training

Beginning February 7, 2022, per the Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) regulations, entry-level drivers will be permitted to take required commercial driver’s license (CDL) skills or knowledge test for hazmat, only if the state can verify that the driver has successfully completed the required training, administered by a registered training provider. Applicants must be trained by an authorized Entry-Level Training Provider listed on the FMCSA Training Provider Registry (TPR). The TPR site is maintained by FMCSA which has the authority to remove any provider that fails to meet or maintain any of the qualifications established by federal or state regulations.

Entry level drivers are considered those who:

  • Obtain a Class A or Class B commercial driver's license for the first time
  • Upgrade of an existing Class B to a Class A commercial driver's license
  • Are taking a skills exam to add school bus(S) and/or passenger (P) to their CDL
  • Obtain a hazardous material endorsement (HME) endorsement for the first time

Exemptions

Entry-Level Driver Training IS NOT required of drivers who:

  • Had a CDL previously that has been downgraded or expired for over 1 year
  • Held a CDL issued prior to 2/7/2022 with the classes and endorsements being applied for
  • Hold a valid, unexpired commercial learner's permit issued prior to 2/7/2022 with the classes and endorsements being applied for
  • Are Military members obtaining a CDL using a Skills Waiver or Even Exchange form
  • Are custom harvesters
  • Are seasonal CDL holders
  • Are farm owners
  • Are firefighters
  • Drive emergency vehicles
  • Drive snow and ice removal vehicles
  • Are completing a skills test to remove a restriction

Training providers

The training providers will ensure that entry-level drivers receive the required theory and behind-the-wheel training. All training providers must teach a curriculum that includes all components required by appendices A through E of part 380 of Federal Regulations and must meet all (FMCSA) requirements to provide ELDT, including:

  • Require applicants for behind-the-wheel training to certify that they will comply with federal, state, and local laws related to operating a commercial vehicle.
  • Employ instructors that meet the federal regulatory requirements (See ELDT Instructors below)
  • Utilize facilities that meet the criteria set forth in 49 CFR § 380.709;
  • Utilize vehicles that meet the criteria set forth in 49 CFR § 380.711;
  • Allow FMCSA or its authorized representative to audit or investigate the training provider's operations to ensure that the provider meets the criteria set forth in this section.
  • Verify that all students taking the behind-the-wheel portion of the ELDT curriculum hold a valid commercial learner's permit or commercial driver's license, as applicable
  • Electronically transmit training completion information through the TPR web site by midnight of the second business day after the training is completed

To find a Training Provider, please visit https://tpr.fmcsa.dot.gov. CDL applicants will access the Training Provider Registry to begin their search for a training provider. Only training providers listed on the Training Provider Registry can certify that a driver has successfully completed the required entry-level driver training.

Becoming a Training Provider

Before applying, applicants should review the federal and state law applying to ELDT, including:

  • 49 CFR § 380 Parts F and G and Appendices A through E, and
  • § 46.2-1708 et seq.

To sign up to become a training provider, please visit https://tpr.fmcsa.dot.gov.

Exams

Written

For CDL written exams, CDL changes, or CDL renewals, please visit https://www.ksrevenue.gov/DOVAppointmentInfo/ to schedule an appointment with any state driver’s license office. To view a PDF version of the current Kansas Commercial Driver’s License Handbook, please visit https://www.ksrevenue.gov/pdf/cdlhandbook.pdf.

Skills

CDL skills exams are by appointment only. Please call or email your preferred office in the table below to schedule your CDL drive. At this time, CDL skills exam appointments cannot be scheduled online.

Office Address Phone Email
Chanute 301 W. 14th St.
Chanute, KS 66720
620-431-7080 KDOR_ChanuteDL@KS.GOV
Colby 990 S. Range St. #3
Colby, KS 67701
785-462-3620 KDOR_ColbyDL@KS.GOV
Dodge City 2601 Central Ave.
Dodge City, KS 67801
620-227-2944 KDOR_DodgeCityDL@KS.GOV
Edgerton 30750 w 193rd St.

Edgerton, KS 66021
785-581-2864 KDOR_EdgertonCDL@KS.GOV
Garden City 2506 N Johns St.
Garden City, KS 67846
620-276-8411 KDOR_GardenCityDL@KS.GOV
Hays 1222 Canterbury Dr.
Hays, KS 67601
785-625-6917 KDOR_HaysDL@KS.GOV
Phillipsburg 502 S. 7th
St.Phillipsburg, KS 67661
785-543-5594 KDOR_PhillipsburgDL@KS.GOV
Salina 2910 Arnold Ave.Salina, KS 67402 785-825-0321 KDOR_SalinaDL@KS.GOV
Seneca 203 N 8th St. Ste 2Seneca, KS 66538 785-336-6454 KDOR_SenecaDL@KS.GOV
Topeka 3907 SW Burlingame Rd.Topeka, KS 66609 785-266-8431 N/A
Wichita 1873 W 21st N.
Wichita, KS 67203
785-940-1353 KDOR_WichitaDL@KS.GOV

Questions? Visit https://tpr.fmcsa.dot.gov/FAQ.