Illinois CDL License Requirements

To start your truck driving career in Illinois, you may require an Illinois commercial driver's license (CDL). There are typically three types of CDL licenses that may vary slightly from state to state. The State of Illinois classifies commercial vehicles using the following criteria:

  • Class A: Combination vehicle weighing over 26,001 pounds with the trailer weighing over 10,000 pounds
  • Class B: Single or combination vehicle weighing over 26,001 pounds and a trailer weighing less than 10,000 pounds
  • Class C: Vehicles weighing 26,000 pounds or less, carrying hazardous materials or transporting 16 or more passengers

According to Illinois CDL requirements, applicants must be at least 18 years old, have a valid Illinois driver's license and obtain a medical certificate. The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) regulates interstate transportation of cargo. If you wish to transport materials across state lines, you must be at least 21 years old. All CDL applicants then need to pass a general knowledge exam and a skills test, which includes a pre-trip vehicle inspection, a basic control test and an on-road driving exam. The driving test must be taken in a vehicle that matches the class of CDL license you are trying to obtain. Ref:

Additional qualifications in the form of endorsements may be needed to drive a truck with air brakes, a tanker truck or a school bus. Endorsements may be needed to transport hazardous materials (Hazmat) or to transport passengers. A background check by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) may be required for the Hazmat endorsement. A truck driving school in Illinois may provide the education and on-road training needed to pass the CDL requirements.

Resources for Illinois CDL Requirements

Visit the Illinois Secretive of State Cyber Drive Illinois website for more information

Learn more about Illinois trucking schools.

Truck Driver Salary in Illinois

Location 25th Percentile 75th Percentile Annual Salary
United States $31,270 $48,330 $38,700
Illinois $33,510 $55,890 $42,340
Bloomington-Normal, IL $26,910 $44,180 $34,290
Champaign-Urbana, IL $29,710 $44,650 $35,560
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division $35,690 $60,760 $46,450
Danville, IL $33,090 $67,630 $45,540
Decatur, IL $36,010 $60,700 $47,420
Kankakee-Bradley, IL $33,120 $51,060 $36,720
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division $32,430 $51,430 $40,690
Peoria, IL $28,320 $41,670 $33,720
Rockford, IL $33,580 $48,370 $38,480
Springfield, IL $27,910 $39,010 $34,200

Table data taken from 2015 BLS (