Commercial licensing is complicated. Applying for a CDL can be easy with our IL guide to your CDL.

Basic Requirements For A Commercial Driver’s Permit/License

Steps To Apply For A CDL Permit/License

  1. You must meet the requirements for an Illinois driver’s license.
  2. Pay $50.00 for your permit.
  3. Fill out the CDL application form and hand it over in-person to a VSD office.
  4. Pass the CDL knowledge exams. See the CDL Manual and the CDL Manual for the required information. The exam can be taken at any VSD location. You have to answer 80% of the questions to pass the written tests.
  5. Take road test at your local VSD office.
  6. Pay license and endorsement fees.

Instruction Permit

In order to be eligible for an Illinois CDL, you must first obtain a CDL instruction permit. First, you must fill out the CDL application form. Then show proof of legal presence and US residency. Next, pay the permit fee of $50.00. Lastly, pass the CDL general knowledge exam and road test. Also, you must have your instruction permit for 30 days before obtaining a CDL. Illinois Instruction Permits expire in 1 year are renewable. All CDL tests must be taken again at the time of renewal.


An Illinois Commercial Driver’s License will be valid for 4 years. The cost is $50 for a standard CDL license. Please see a list of fees for more information.

CDL Endorsements

The following is a list of endorsements you can get on your CDL:

  • Hazardous Material (Class H).
  • Tank Vehicles (Class N).
  • Passenger-Carrying Vehicle (Class P).
  • School Bus (Class S).
  • Towing a Double or Triple Trailer (Class T).
  • Charter Bus (Class C).
  • Combination tank vehicle and hazardous materials endorsement (Class X).

Federal Guidelines For Interstate Drivers

The following is a list of federal requirements for interstate drivers.


Last updated on Thursday, March 8 2018.

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