Paid CDL Training For IL Resident

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Mountain Matt's Comment
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Yes, good ole' George Ryan accepting bribes for CDL's! He has made things extra fun here in Illinois.

Old School: Ah, that makes sense, though scheduling that must be interesting with DMV appointments and the truck schedule.

And thanks, Anne--we'll see where my vagabonding lands me. I lived in Ohio for part of my childhood, near Cincinnati.

I've got a couple of companies on my "short list," actually, but it was Wilson's website that tuned me in to the Illinois testing quirk.

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.

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.

Mountain Matt's Comment
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Yeah, Illinois is the only state that I know of that does not recognize tests from other states no matter how much experience you have. They will have to route you to a testing location in the state to take the test and I believe you have to wait 24 hours once you pass to bring your paper work to the DMV so you can actually get the license. Unless that part is different if you test at a DMV, my test was done at the school and we had to wait.

Bobcat Bob: Ah, thanks for the heads-up about the probable waiting period. Also, for some reason I had it in my head I would have to come all the way home (to Chicago), but it makes sense I would just have to get routed to any DMV in the state, which would be simpler.

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.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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It would have to be any DMV that offers CDL testing not all do. In fact not all even offer CDL services, I just had to renew my med card and drive from Joliet where there is a DMV 7 minutes from my house 20 miles to Morris so they can type a few things on a computer.

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.

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.

Mr. Curmudgeon's Comment
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Morris is a good facility to go to. I typically would drive from Plainfield out to Plano. People were always nice and they take CARE of cdl drivers rather than brush them off. Plus, my fave gun shop and the Rural King are all right near there, too.

West Chicago is the only burb location that offered the driving component, iirc.

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.
Mountain Matt's Comment
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I work for a place now where I have a CDL-B and supervise a crew with the same. We go to the Elk Grove Village location, and there you get the typical "Chicago attitude," where it seems you're just a hassle in their day. But I've always (eventually) managed to get my drivers licensed!

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.
Timothy W.'s Comment
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So, I've been a reader and occasional poster for a number of months. For a number of reasons, my timeline of starting into company-paid CDL training might be accelerating quite significantly. But I have a question for you good folks:

When I do my training through one of the major companies, I would take my CDL test through them/in that state, and then take the paperwork back to my home state of Illinois to get my CDL transferred to Illinois, correct? Is it different for the state of Illinois?

I'm thrown off because the Wilson Logistics website indicates that it is different for Illinois residents: "We will then route you back home with the appropriate paperwork to get your CDL transferred over to your state. If your residency is in IL, you will be routed back to IL to take your CDL exam." Wilson Logistics CDL Training Timeline

Yet, when I asked the Prime recruiter about this, she had no clue (and didn't seem very interested in the question, tbh). Yet you would think they recruit drivers from Illinois all the time. It doesn't matter much, except that I'm trying to plan what these next steps will look like and how I would take the CDL test back in Illinois since I would obviously need a truck to do that.

Thanks for any insights!

hello, Thank you for posting, I found a lot of interesting information here. A really good post, very thankful and helpful.

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.
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