portalillinois.org is privately owned and is neither operated by, nor affiliated with, any government agency.

OBTAINING AN ILLINOIS CDL DRIVER'S LICENSE

In order to obtain a CDL driver’s license in Illinois, you must first meet eligibility requirements that have been set forth by the state and federal government. As part of CDL license requirements, you must either be a U.S citizen or a lawful resident of the U.S as well as at least 18 years of age. However, you will not be permitted to operate a commercial vehicle outside of Illinois unless you are at least 21 years of age.

Before learning how to apply to a commercial driver’s license, it is important to learn more about the vehicles that a commercial license is intended for. There are three types of CDLs in the U.S: Class A, B and C. Each classification is designated to commercial vehicles of a certain weight or requirement. In addition to learning about these types of vehicles, it is important to learn more about endorsements.

A CDL license endorsement allows for the operation of more specific vehicles, such as buses, school buses and vehicles that are designed to transport hazardous materials.

To apply for a CDL driver’s license, you must submit your application in person at your local Secretary of State office. There are numerous steps to obtaining a CDL, including holding a commercial learners permit for a specific period of time. You will be required to successfully complete vision, knowledge and road skill exams based upon the type of CDL license that you need and additional endorsements that you seek.

How to Get a Commercial Drivers License in Illinois

An Illinois CDL driver’s license is required if you wish to operate a commercial vehicle to earn a living. Therefore, it is important to learn about the types of vehicles that require a CDL as well as the vehicles that are exempt, such as farm vehicles. Moreover, this credentials has different endorsements. You must meet CDL license requirements before an IL CDL can be issued in your name.

Read more


Renewing Your Illinois Drivers License

If your drivers license is about to expire, you must renew it according to Illinois law. Since it is illegal to drive without a drivers license, an expired one is just as invalid. You should apply for drivers license renewal at least 90 days before the actual expiration date of your license and you can do so by visiting a local Secretary of State’s office where you can find information on the documents or tests needed to renew an expired drivers license.

Read more


Reinstating a Suspended Driver License in Illinois

Driving in Illinois is a privilege that drivers should not take lightly. Not complying with the rules and regulations of IL roads can easily result in drivers license suspension or complete revocation, and in order to reinstate your drivers license, you will have to pay the fees and meet certain requirements of IL law.

Read more


Obtaining New Driver License in Illinois

Driving a motor vehicle on the roads of Illinois requires a valid drivers license issued by the Department of Driver Services under the Secretary of State Office. Driving a motor vehicle on the roads of Illinois requires a valid drivers license issued by the Department of Driver Services under the Secretary of State Office.

Read more


Illinois Motorcycle Endorsements

Riding a motorcycle in Illinois is the same as driving any other motor vehicle – you need to have a drivers license in order to drive legally. Although motorcycles are smaller in size than other vehicles, riding one still requires a valid drivers license that will reflect the type of motorcycle in question. To be safe on Illinois roads, you should always bear in mind that you are an equally important participant in traffic as any other.

Read more


Illinois ID Cards

An identification card, or better known as ID card is a legal document stating your identity, i.e. full name, date of birth, place of birth and other important information about you. This document is used for identification purposes only and cannot be used as drivers license replacement nor can it give you the right to operate a motor vehicle.

Read more


How to Replace an Illinois Driver’s License

If you would like to explore the roads of Illinois or even driving around your own city or town, having a valid drivers license is mandatory. To legally operate a vehicle, your driving license must be up-to-date and you must carry it with you when you drive. There are, however, life instances when you accidentally damage or lose your license to drive, or somebody steals it from you.

Read more


Getting an Illinois Learners Permit

Young drivers in Illinois must be prepared for the road and the challenges it brings. Learning about the many traffic rules and regulations, while being a good and cautious driver at the same time can sometimes be overwhelming for those who have never driven before.

Read more


Drivers Test in Illinois

If you would like to obtain a drivers license in the state of Illinois, you must be properly prepared to drive on the road. For that reason, you must take and pass three drivers exams created by the IL Secretary of State’s Driver Services Department (DSD).

Read more


Driver License Change of Address

If you have recently moved to or within Illinois, you have probably told your friends and family about your new address. However, a change of address is something that should be reported to other persons and companies with which you are dealing on a daily basis for a variety of matters.

Read more


Change Name on an Illinois Driver’s License

If you have recently changed your name as a result of marriage, divorce, court order or other personal preferences, you must inform the institutions you deal with in everyday life. These include your credit card companies, banks, hospitals or other healthcare providers, schools, places of employment, club, magazine or membership subscriptions and more.

Read more