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All of the following apply to farm vehicle operator CDL exemption except:
  • Used to transport farm products, equipment or supplies to or from a farm
  • Controlled and operated by a farmer, the farmer’s family or an employee
  • Used within 150 highway miles of the farm
  • Used within 150 air miles of the farm
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From The CDL Manual

Farm Vehicle/Equipment Operators —

This exemption covers farming operations (as noted below) and does not apply to commercial grain haulers or other types of non-farm use. This exemption only applies when farm vehicles are:

  • Controlled and operated by a farmer, the farmer’s family or an employee; and
  • Used to transport farm products, equipment or supplies to or from a farm (including nurseries and aquacultures); and
  • Used within 150 air miles of the farm; and
  • Not used in the operations of a common or contract carrier or for other commercial purposes.
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A Class A CDL is required to drive a combination vehicle of over 26,001 lbs towing a vehicle weighing:
  • Over 16,001 lbs
  • Over 10,000 lbs
  • Less than 10,000 lbs
  • 26,000 lbs
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From The CDL Manual

1.5 — Driver License Classifications (CDL and NON-CDL)

  • Class A —Combination vehicles - GCWR* of 26,001 or more pounds providing the GVWR* of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Class B —Single vehicle with a GVWR* of 26,001 or more pounds or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Class C —Single vehicle with a GVWR* of at least 16,001 pounds but less than 26,001 pounds.
  • Class D —Single vehicle with a GVWR* of less than 16,001 pounds.
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A tank vehicle endorsement is required to drive tank vehicles with a combined capacity of:
  • 1,000 gallons or more
  • 119 gallons
  • 1,000 lbs or more
  • 1,000 gallons or less
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From The CDL Manual

Tank Vehicle endorsement (N):

Required for applicants to operate any commercial motor vehicle that is designed to transport any liquid or gaseous material within a tank(s) that is/are either permanently or temporarily attached to the vehicle or the chassis, where each tank has a individual rating capacity in excess of 119 gallons, and where all tanks have an aggregate total of 1,000 gallons or more (20 questions).

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A school bus endorsement is required in order to transport:
  • The elderly
  • Any passengers
  • School children grade 12 and under
  • School children grade 6 and under
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From The CDL Manual

School Bus endorsement (S):

Required for applicants to operate a yellow school bus in any state to transport school children grades 12 and under in any state for school sponsored activities (20 questions). Note: This test is also required for a driver to obtain a school bus permit (SBP), which is required for a driver to operate any vehicle on behalf of a school transporting Illinois school children grades 12 and under for curriculumrelated activities.

If the driver requires both the S endorsement and the SBP, then only one school bus knowledge test will be required. Note: Neither the S endorsement nor the SBP is required to operate an empty yellow school bus, but a P endorsement is required for any bus designed to transport 16 or more people.

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A combined Tank vehicle & hazardous material endorsement will be designated with what letter on the CDL?
  • T
  • H
  • N
  • X
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From The CDL Manual

CLP/CDL Endorsements

  • P —Passenger Vehicles: CLP & CDL
  • N —Tank Vehicles: CLP & CDL
  • S —School Bus: CLP & CDL
  • H —Hazardous Materials: CDL only
  • X —Combined Hazardous Materials & Tank Vehicle: CDL only
  • T —Double & Triple Trailers: CDL Class A only
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Specifically prohibited in the testing area are cellphones and:
  • Hats
  • Food and drink
  • Written materials
  • Wristwatches
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From The CDL Manual

Cheating/Unauthorized items in the testing area/Bribery

Any person found cheating on any portion of a written exam will be given an automatic fail for that exam. In addition, the person will be prohibited from retaking the particular exam for a period of 30 days. “Cheating” is defined as receiving or using unauthorized assistance in the taking of any portion of an exam, including, but not limited to, the use of technology, notes, books or written information.

Cellphones or other electronic devices are not permitted to be powered on nor are any written items to be present within the testing area. Anyone that does not adhere to this testing policy will be considered attempting to utilize unauthorized assistance, and the penalties will apply.

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A driver will generally be required to have a DOT medical card in order to drive which of the following:
  • Passenger vehicles designed to carry more than 8 people, including driver
  • Any of these will require carrying a DOT medical card
  • Hazmat loads requiring placards
  • Operate a commercial vehicle weighing 10,001 lbs or more
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From The CDL Manual

Do I Need a DOT Medical Card?

Yes, if you are a non-excepted driver who will:

  • Operate a commercial vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) or a gross combination weight rating (GCWR) of 10,001 pounds or more in the furtherance of a commercial enterprise (private or for hire).
  • Operate a passenger carrying vehicle designed to transport eight or more passengers, including the driver.
  • Operate any vehicle transporting hazardous materials of a quantity that would require placarding.
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Three serious traffic violations in a 3-year period will result in a CDL disqualification of:
  • 90 days
  • 120 days
  • 30 days
  • 60 days
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From The CDL Manual

1.12.3 — Serious Traffic Violations

Two serious traffic violations within a three-year period will result in a 60-day disqualification. Three serious traffic violations in the same period will result in a 120-day disqualification.

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All of the following are considered excessive speeding except:
  • Exceeding the speed limit in a school zone
  • Speed of 10 mph or more above the speed limit
  • Driving too fast for conditions
  • Failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident
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From The CDL Manual

Excessive Speeding —

Excessive speeding involving any single offense for any speed of 15 mph or more above the posted speed limit.

  • Failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.
  • Driving too fast for conditions.
  • Exceeding the speed limit in a school zone.
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An example of reckless driving is:
  • Not stopping at a crosswalk
  • Passing a school bus unloading or loading passengers
  • Rubbing the curb on a tight turn
  • Passing a school bus in normal traffic
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From The CDL Manual

Reckless Driving —

Operating a CMV or non-CMV in a manner that exhibits a willful, wanton or reckless disregard of the safety of persons or property.

  • Passing a vehicle stopped for a pedestrian in a crosswalk.
  • Driving on a sidewalk.
  • Passing a school bus receiving or discharging passengers or displaying a warning not to pass.
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