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Safe Driver Apprenticeship Pilot Program



The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), Section 23022, requires the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to establish an apprenticeship pilot program that would allow drivers between the ages of 18-20 with an intrastate commercial driver’s license to operate interstate commerce under very specific conditions. 

To meet this requirement, FMCSA established the Safe Driver Apprenticeship Pilot Program (SDAP). This three-year program will help individuals ages 18, 19, and 20 explore interstate trucking careers and help trucking companies hire and train new drivers through an apprenticeship pilot program. 


On January 14, 2022, FMCSA announced in a Federal Register Notice (FRN) the establishment of the SDAP Program. The Program allows certain 18-, 19-, and 20-year-old drivers to operate commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce. The FRN provides details about the pilot program.

FMCSA will post an announcement when companies can apply for participation in the SDAP Program. The agency will also include details about the application process.

How to Prepare

We are accepting applications for the SDAP Program, we encourage companies to:

SDAP Program Fact Sheet

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Last updated: Tuesday, May 16, 2023