Beginning December 17, 2019, at 12:01 a.m., motor carriers and drivers subject to the ELD rule must use self-certified ELDs that are registered with FMCSA to record their hours-of-service data—grandfathered AOBRDs will no longer be acceptable for those not operating under an ELD exception or exemption. Drivers in violation of the ELD rule will be placed out-of-service in accordance with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance OOS criteria.
Help Your Customers Stay Compliant
You can take the following steps to help your customers stay compliant with the ELD rule:
- Ensure that your ELD can transfer hours-of-service data to a safety official. FMCSA makes several resources available to ELD providers to assist you in testing your device, including a real-time report on your device’s data transfers and access to a safety official view of your ELD output files. See “More Resources from FMCSA” below.
- Make sure drivers can readily access documentation required per § 395.22(h). This includes a user’s manual and data transfer instruction sheet that the driver can access while in his or her vehicle. If these documents are stored electronically in the ELD, make sure to communicate to the customer how to locate them in the device.
- If your device supports AOBRD mode for use by ELD-exempt motor carriers and drivers, make sure your customers are aware of this and understand how to operate the device in the proper mode. The vast majority of drivers will be subject to the ELD rule after December 16, 2019, and will need to know how to use the device in ELD mode to avoid being placed out-of-service.
- Keep your listing on FMCSA’s list of registered, self-certified ELDs up-to-date, including your contact information, user manual, and software version. Motor carriers, drivers, and safety officials will rely on this information to operate your ELDs. Log into the ELD Provider Portal to review your listing and make any necessary updates.
No Longer Supporting Your ELD? Self-Revoke Your Device
If you plan to discontinue support of your ELD, you must remove it from FMCSA’s list of registered devices. FMCSA now allows ELD providers to “self-revoke”—that is, remove your own listing—your device by logging into the ELD Provider Portal. Self-revoked devices will appear on the Revoked ELDs list, with a status of “Self Revoked.”
However, before you revoke your device, be sure your customers are well prepared. You will be prompted to certify that you have informed your customers about your device’s change in status and assisted them in transitioning to a compliant ELD before you self-revoke your device.
NEW: Searchable ELD Frequently Asked Questions
The ELD website now offers an easier way to view the frequently asked questions on the ELD rule and technical specifications. Browse by categories or search by key terms to find the information you need.
Visit the new ELD FAQ page
More Resources from FMCSA
Access real-time information summarizing the validation status of files that have been transferred by your customers from your devices to the FMCSA eRODS Web Service, as well as detailed tracking of any errors in file structure to be remedied. To access the report for your device(s), log into the ELD Provider Portal, go to “Manage Your Devices,” select a device and click on “Data Transfer Summary” at the top of your device detail page.
Other Recommended Steps
- Read and understand the technical specifications in the ELD rule.
- Run your ELD output files through FMCSA’s File Validator.
- If your device supports telematics, use the Web Services and email test procedures provided by FMCSA to ensure your device is able to successfully transfer files to the Web Service. Full details are in the ICD/Web Development Handbook in the ELD Provider Portal.
- Check the safety official view of test files you have successfully submitted via the test procedures, or successfully run through the FMCSA File Validator, and compare them to your ELD display. Log into the ELD Provider Portal for more details.
- Consult the ELD Technical Specification Frequently Asked Questions.
If you still have questions, contact ELDTech@dot.gov for assistance on resolving your technical issues.