Passenger Endorsement ELDT Certificate
An ELDT (entry-level driver training) certification for a passenger endorsement is a training program designed to prepare individuals to safely operate passenger vehicles, such as buses, shuttles, or vans, and obtain a passenger endorsement on their commercial driver's license (CDL). The ELDT certification program includes both classroom instruction and behind-the-wheel training, with a focus on topics such as passenger safety, traffic laws, and customer service.
Passenger ELDT certification is typically required in addition to a commercial driver's license (CDL). Individuals must have a valid driver's license and a clean driving record.
Age: In most states, individuals must be at least 21 years old to obtain a CDL with a passenger endorsement. Minimum age requirements for obtaining a CDL and a Passenger endorsement may vary by state. Some states may have different age requirements for different types of CDLs or endorsements. It is always best to check with your state's licensing agency for specific age requirements.
Passenger endorsement key points
Applicants must pass a written exam that covers topics such as traffic laws, vehicle safety, and passenger transportation regulations.
Applicants must pass a skills test that includes both a pre-trip inspection and a driving test. The driving test involves inspecting and operating the special features of passenger vehicles, such as entryways and passenger seats.
Applicants must pass a medical exam to ensure they are physically qualified to operate a commercial vehicle.
A passenger endorsement is required to transport at least 16 occupants including the driver. (Some states may also require the endorsement to transport fewer occupants.)
In addition to the standard CDL requirements, such as a written exam and a skills test, drivers who wish to obtain a passenger endorsement may need to pass additional exams or training programs focusing on passenger transportation. These may include courses on customer service, emergency evacuation procedures, and wheelchair accessibility.
Drivers with a CDL and a passenger endorsement may be required to adhere to additional regulations, such as wearing a uniform while on duty and maintaining a professional appearance.
Drivers with a CDL and a passenger endorsement may be eligible for higher pay and more job opportunities, as they are qualified to operate vehicles that transport large groups of people. However, the demand for these types of drivers may vary by location and the type of passenger vehicle being operated.