FMCSA ELD Regulations

Paperwork and Placement

Truck driving comes with a lot of paperwork. Even though ELDs reduce the need for paper logs, they didn’t get rid of the paper completely. Drivers still need to keep hard copies of certain documents in their trucks to avoid dings during DOT inspections, including documents for the ELD.

ELD Paperwork

According to the FMCSA website, there are 4 ELD documents drivers must keep in their trucks. Failure to produce these documents results in a 1-point hit each against the driver’s CSA (Compliance, Safety, Accountability) score. The point score goes up to 3 points per infraction if the drivers is in noncompliance again within 12 months. The documents drivers must have are as follows:

  • ELD User Manual

  • Instructions on how to transfer ELD data to an authorized official

  • Instructions on what to do if the ELD malfunctions. This should include instructions on how to troubleshoot the ELD

  • 8 days of blank records of duty (RoD) graph-grids in case the ELD malfunctions

ELD Placement

Your CSA score can also receive a ding over ELD placement. When the ELD is mounted, its screen needs to be visible from outside the CMV. An improperly mounted ELD will cost the driver 5 points, which increases to 15 points if the driver is caught again within 12 months.

Staying up-to-date on industry regulations can help protect your CSA score. Before hitting the road, make sure you have all your paperwork in order, ELDs included.