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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.

To comment on any guidance document, or to request issuance, reconsideration, modification, or rescission of any guidance document, please identify the guidance document in your request and send it to: FMCSAguidance@dot.gov. NOTE: The FMCSAguidance mailbox is not intended to serve as a mailbox for general inquiries. For inquiries that go beyond the limited purpose of the FMCSAguidance mailbox, please call FMCSA's Information Line (800-832-5660) or visit FMCSA's "Contact Us" page to send your inquiry to the appropriate mailbox.

Subject Agency Identifier Topic Issued Date
To ensure that the list of self-certified electronic logging devices (ELDs) is current, ELD providers must notify FMCSA of any major changes to their device. What constitutes a major change to an ELD? FMCSA-ELD-395-Q082(2022-03-10) ELD Guidance
Would server-based events (e.g., edits and assignment of unassigned events) generate a different sequence ID than that generated by the electronic logging device (ELD)? FMCSA-ELD-395-Q061(2022-03-10) ELD Guidance
When should a driver who has experienced an electronic logging device (ELD) malfunction switch to paper record of duty status (RODS)? FMCSA-ELD-395-Q040(2022-03-10) ELD Guidance
Can a user edit or change automatically recorded driving time that has been recorded by an electronic logging device (ELD) to non-driving time? FMCSA-HOS-ELD-395-FAQ51(2022-03-10) ELD Guidance
How should an electronic logging device (ELD) respond to battery issues, such as an ELD battery dying due to high temperatures or when charge power runs out? FMCSA-ELD-395-Q062(2022-03-10) ELD Guidance
Is the ELD required to automatically change duty status from Sleeper Berth to Driving upon sensing movement? FMCSA-ELD-395-Q076(2022-03-10) ELD Guidance
Is the display required to be handed to the inspector outside of the vehicle? FMCSA-HOS-ELD-TECH-395-FAQ57(2022-03-10) ELD Guidance
Can a driver select exempt driver status? FMCSA-ELD-395-Q024(2022-03-10) ELD Guidance
As an electronic logging device (ELD) manufacturer, how can I make sure that my product is compliant? FMCSA-ELD-395-Q044(2022-03-10) ELD Guidance
What is the resolution process if the FMCSA data transfer mechanism incorrectly rejects a data file during an electronic data transfer? FMCSA-HOS-ELD-TECH-395-FAQ83(2022-03-10) ELD Guidance