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Regulatory Guidance

Welcome to the FMCSA Guidance Portal. This web portal is a searchable, indexed database that contains and links to all guidance documents in effect from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The guidance documents lack the force and effect of law, unless expressly authorized by statute or incorporated into a contract.

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Subject Agency Identifier Topic Issued Date
What data does the electronic logging device (ELD) need to log when there is an unidentified driver? FMCSA-ELD-395-Q050(2022-03-10) ELD Guidance
Can a driver have more than one user account? FMCSA-ELD-395-Q032(2022-03-10) ELD Guidance
How should “odometer jumps,” caused by a driver unplugging the electronic logging device (ELD) from the electronic control module (ECM), be captured? FMCSA-ELD-395-Q053(2022-03-10) ELD Guidance
Is there a requirement to indicate odometer or positioning at the beginning and end of a Yard Move category? FMCSA-ELD-395-Q072(2022-03-10) ELD Guidance
Is it permissible to allow the electronic logging device (ELD) to power up, boot, and accept driver logins before the engine is powered?  FMCSA-ELD-395-Q056(2022-03-10) ELD Guidance
Can a carrier set parameters for yard moves via the technical specifications? FMCSA-ELD-395-Q073(2022-03-10) ELD Guidance
How should the electronic logging device (ELD) handle the dashboard odometer display not matching the odometer value returned by the electronic control module (ECM)? For instance, when the engine is replaced and the value is not synced. FMCSA-ELD-395-Q059(2022-03-10) ELD Guidance
Does the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) rule require that an ELD be able to both display electronically and print? FMCSA-ELD-395-Q037(2022-03-10) ELD Guidance
In section 4.4.2 of 49 CFR part 395, subpart B, Appendix A, the rule requires that “geo-location information must be derived from a database that contains all cities, towns, and villages with a population of 5,000 or greater and listed in ANSI INCITS... FMCSA-ELD-395-Q021(2022-03-10)-CORR1 ELD Guidance
When creating an electronic logging device (ELD) file as specified in sections 4.9 of 49 CFR part 395, subpart B, Appendix A, which records should be included? FMCSA-ELD-395-Q075(2022-03-10) ELD Guidance