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Truck drivers contribute greatly to our economy. The
commercial motor vehicle industry is the backbone of our
transportation system and its efforts ensure goods are
accessible throughout the state and the nation.
Illinoisʼ Commercial Driverʼs License (CDL) program is
credited as one of the best in the nation by the U.S.
Department of Transportation. The CDL program, including
commercial learnerʼs permits (CLP), has been overhauled
during my administration to help ensure that truck drivers licensed in Illinois are held to
the highest possible standards. Recent initiatives include requiring any person applying
for a CLP/CDL or current CDL holders to certify his/her commercial driving medical
status. All CLP/CDL holders who operate in non-excepted interstate commerce are also
required to keep a current DOT medical certificate on file with the Secretary of Stateʼs
office. The law strengthens the CDL program by requiring truckers to meet minimum
health and safety standards before getting behind the wheel. For details on CDL/CLP
medical certification, see Section 15.
CDL applicants may schedule pre-trip, skills and road exams online at
www.cyberdriveillinois.com. The Illinois Fast Pass program takes residents just a few
minutes to schedule appointments online for CDL testing purposes at the CDL facility of
their choice. Illinois Fast Pass can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week and
makes scheduling CDL appointments quick and convenient.
CDL applicants may also schedule appointments by calling 217-785-3013 from 8 a.m. to
4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.
I encourage you to study this CDL Study Guide thoroughly before taking the required
exams. My goal as Secretary of State is to ensure that we license only safe, qualified
drivers to operate commercial vehicles in the state of Illinois.
Secretary of State
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