How To Get A CDL License in Illinois

Posted By : Aubrey mead , on Nov, 2016


Driving a truck on long distance hauls, or even on same-day routes, can be a very lucrative career. There is a very easy method to get a CDL License in Illinois. Here is a step by step process on how to get it done.

• There are age restrictions on who can get a CDL license. Unlike a standard driver’s license, the minimum age is 18 years old. If the desire is to get an interstate CDL license, the minimum age is 21 years old. For in-state driving, it is also necessary that the applicant is a resident of the state in which they are applying.

• There is an application fee, and two different test fees, one for the knowledge test and one for the driving test. Make sure the amounts of the fees are known before arriving at the DMV.

• While it is certainly legal to simply grab a training guide from the local DMV, it is not really advisable. It is a much better idea to enroll in a truck driving school such as This is because there is much more to learn about driving than what can be gleaned from simply reading a book. While it is very important to also read the training manual, the learned experience that a school staffed with ex-drivers can share is priceless.

• The school will have the potential driver initially practice driving with the instructors and eventually with other students. This aids in gaining real world experience of how to handle a big rig on the road.

After the required number of hours on the road are met, the driver will be able to officially apply for a CDL license. The test will be both a written test and a formal driving test. If the applicant is enrolled in school, the institution will provide the vehicle. If the applicant is going directly to the DMV, they will have to provide the truck themselves.

Passing the test and getting the CDL License in Illinois is a great way to start a career that is always in demand. There will always be a need for goods to trucked across the country and learning to drive a truck is the first step into getting that job done.

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