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Selective Testing of Registered Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) for Compliance


To selectively test to confirm compliance of registered and certified ELDs with respect to the technical requirements of the ELD final rule.


On December 16, 2015, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published the final rule entitled “Electronic Logging Devices and Hours of Service Supporting Documents” also known as the ELD rule. The rule, effective February 16, 2016, is available on the FMCSA Web site. This rule establishes:
  • Requirements for the mandatory use of ELDs by certain drivers required to prepare HOS records of duty status (RODS).
  • Minimum performance and design standards for ELDs that will require certification and registration with FMCSA.
  • Requirements for HOS supporting documents.
  • Measures to address concerns about harassment resulting from the mandatory use of ELDs.


This effort will support Enforcement and Field Offices that request the verification of in-use ELDs to ensure they are in compliance with the final rule. The project may also include random testing of ELDs by the Agency.


Test results for selectively tested ELDs.


January 2016: ELD compliance test procedures published.
February 2016: ELD final rule becomes effective.


FY 2016: $133,000
FY 2017: $100,000

Current Status:

Active—Contractor is ready to test ELD devices. FMCSA has not selected any devices for testing at this time.

Project Manager:

For more information, contact Brian Routhier of the Technology Division at (202) 366-1225 or


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Updated: Thursday, January 5, 2017
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