Understanding and Meeting the FMCSA Rule on ELD

An overview of the Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) and Compliance for Fleets

To be considered compliant with FMCSA standards. Each ELD must:

  • Conform to the technical specifications
  • Be certified as compliant by the provider; and
  • Be registered with FMCSA.

What does an electronic logging device (ELD) need to log to meet FMCSA requirements?

The ELD ruling required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)will have a major impact in the industry. Making sure that you’re in compliance is critical.

To meet all the minimum FMCSA requirements for ELDs, your logging device should at least track the following:

  • When the engine is started
  • When the engine is turned off
  • When there’s a change of duty status
  • At the beginning of personal use and yard moves (if applicable)
  • Prolonged stops
  • Idle time

If you are a driver and need a little more infromation. Here is an ELD Driver Checklist.

How do I choose the right ELD?

Before choosing an ELD, have the vendor verify that their device meets all the ELD technical specifications contained in the rule. They should be certified as compliant and be registered with FMCSA. You can also view the “ELD Checklist” provided by the FMCSA for device requirements.


Portable ELDs -mobile devices are acceptable as long the device fully meets the technical specifications and is certified and registered with the FMCSA.

Better tracking devices will exceed bare minimum requirements and can offer a lot of other statistics that might improve fleet management. Ask your preferred providers for a list of features that go above and beyond the basic requirements.

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