There are several requirements that must be met in order to begin CDL training in Illinois. It’s recommended to study the Illinois CDL manual to prepare for the multiple-choice written exam. CDL training in Illinois also requires a driving skills test that requires you to exhibit your skills in basic driving skills, pretrip inspection, and a road test.
- Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, and 21 years of age in order to drive commercially between states.
- Special requirements must be met if you are seeking special endorsements.
- To transport hazardous materials you must pass a background check.
- To receive Tank Vehicle and Double/Triple endorsements, you must pass a knowledge test.
- For CDL renewals, you will need to retake the written test every other renewal, unless your driving record is perfect. If you allow your license to expire, you may be required to retest.
The Illinois CDL study guide is 161 pages long, and can be downloaded free, or you can pick up a printed copy at any Illinois drivers license office that provides CDL services.
Your driving skills test cannot be scheduled until you have passed your written exams. You will need to provide the appropriate vehicle in which to take your driving skills test, and you will be required to show proof of insurance on the day your test is scheduled.
If you need additional information or have questions about CDL training in Illinois, please contact the Illinois Department of Transportation at the following address:
Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT)
Commercial Vehicle Safety Section
Motor Carrier Safety Unit
3215 Executive Park Dr.
Springfield, IL 62703