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Driver ELD Checklist

By December 18, 2017

  • Prepare for ELD transition by phasing out your AOBRD (if using one)
  • Research compliant ELDs. Check out our ELD Buyer’s Guide
  • Purchase an ELD
  • Install your ELD and begin using it, so you’re fully comfortable with E-Logs by the compliance deadline

By December 16, 2019

  • Your AOBRD must be phased out completely and you must be using an ELD for HOS compliance

ELD Mandate Timeline

Reveal the important dates of the ELD mandate by clicking on the timeline below

  1. July 2012

    President Obama signs the Surface Transportation Act of 2012, mandating the use of electronic logging devices for Hours of Service logging; the bill receives widespread bipartisan support and overwhelmingly passes both houses of Congress

  2. August 2013

    FMCSA sends the proposal mandating ELDs to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to review to ensure consistency with policies and the law

  3. March 2014

    FMCSA issues a revised proposal mandating that ELDs be installed in interstate commercial trucks and buses; on March 28, the rules are published in the Federal Register, kicking off a 60-day public comment period, which is extended through the end of June

  4. July 2014

    After the public comment period, FMCSA adjusts the technical specifications/rules

  5. December 2015

    Final ELD rules announced after repeated delays

  6. December 2017

    ELDs are required for those still using paper logs on December 18th

  7. December 2019

    Those using legacy on-board systems (Automatic On-Board Recording Devices, or AOBRDs) must be equipped with ELDs by December 16th

Top 10 Things to Know About the ELD Mandate

If you currently are required to track HOS, you’ll need to use an ELD – so it’s important to educate yourself on what the mandate means.

ELD Common Misconceptions

Implementing ELDs can be a change for an organization, and as with any change it’s expected that there will be plenty of questions.

Terms to Know

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Automatic On-Board Recording Device
A device that electronically tracks HOS. Drivers and carriers that purchased AOBRDs would have to update or replace them to comply with the law.
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Commercial Motor Vehicle
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Electronic Logging Device
A device connected to a commercial motor vehicle’s engine that’s used to track the time a vehicle operates.
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Electronic On-Board Recorder
An earlier version of what’s now called an ELD. An EOBR is connected to a commercial motor vehicle’s engine to log Hours of Service (HOS).
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When an ELD automatically captures vehicle engine power status, vehicle motion status, miles driven, and engine hours.
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Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act - 2012 federal law aimed at reducing crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks and buses. The ELD proposal was a direct result of the mandates included in MAP-21.
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When a driver uses a vehicle for personal use; An ELD can recognize the difference between driving and on-duty not driving, and automatically update status.
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Drivers and motor carrier support personnel must have proper “user authentication credentials” (e.g., username and password) to access ELD data.

The ELD Buyer's Guide

Shopping for the right ELD can be an overwhelming experience. Take a look at our buyer’s guide to learn what to look for the find the best ELD for your needs.

ELDs Make You More Than Compliant

Switching to ELDs is federal law – but did you know tracking hours electronically has many extra benefits?

Q&A with our ELD Expert

We asked Ravi Kodavarti, Rand McNally’s Director of Commercial Products, for a quick overview to help put the new ELD rules in perspective.

ELD Certification

What you need to know!



Read the federal rules around ELDs and Hours of Service (HOS).

These materials are provided for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice