Transfer Your Class A CDL To Illinois?

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Chitown Pete's Comment
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Has anyone been able to transfer an out of state CDL to Illinois without retaking the driving test? Maverick transportation is ready to put me through their training program but I am being told by Illinois that when I come back from Arkansas to transfer my license to Illinois I will have to retake the written and driving/skills test in Illinois just to transfer my license. Maverick said that they were told that I would have to retest the written portion, but the driving portion could be waived as long as I'm getting the same class license with the same endorsements. Someone obviously has the wrong information, so I'm just wondering if anyone else has been through this issue? I'm on hold until we hear back from Illinois on this issue so I'm a little stressed lol....any ideas?

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Turtle's Comment
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You may have already seen this:

https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/drivers/drivers_license/CDL/faq.html

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Looks like you'll have to take the written and road skills test, according to this. I don't have any first hand knowledge on this but I heard Illinois is the PITA when it comes to transferring a CDL.

Let us know what you hear back from Illinois.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Old School's Comment
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Typically most companies will route you through Illinois while with your trainer so you have a truck to test out with. Those folks in Illinois are always difficult when it comes to this stuff.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Sid V.'s Comment
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Yes, to transfer your cdl to Illinois you need to start over from taking all the written tests, pre trip, backing, and driving tests. This is because a few years back Illinois had the big bribe pay for license scandal.

I had two years experience and was a trainer for a mega and i had to go through it.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I live in Illinois and unfortunately you will have to retake the entire test, due to that whole CDL scandal years ago we are supposedly the most strict state when it comes to CDL stuff.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Bird-one's Comment
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Illinois is a huge pain. You will catch no breaks with them. Avoid South Holland if you can. Although that's pretty the main one for the Chicagoland area. So if you do end up going there, get there as early as possible or you will be there all day depending on what day you go. Be well prepared for it.

Chitown Pete's Comment
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Thanks for the info, I appreciate the responses. I hope Maverick will allow me to test out with a truck if necessary. I went to get my permit last week and saw that there was a company at the DMV that rents trucks to use to test out, so hopefully that would be an option too. It looked like they had every kind of truck you might need. I don't mind paying for it. I don't even really mind taking the test twice if I get the job, but do you think Maverick might just say no because Illinois is difficult when it comes to this?

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Bird-one's Comment
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No I think you'll be just fine nothing Maverick can't handle or afford. Don't sweat it. You certainly are not the only one to have gone through a similar situation.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Maverick should provide you with a truck, just make sure to review your pretrip and brakes as Illinois is a stickler for that.

Chitown Pete's Comment
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Thanks for the responses and the tips! Definitely feeling relieved haha!

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