Illinois requires new residents to retest for CDLs

As of May 1, Illinois started requiring truckers who move into the state to retake and pass written tests and road tests before they are issued an Illinois CDL. Illinois is the first state in the nation to require retesting for licensed CDL holders moving in from another state.

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White issued a press release that stated it’s a safety issue because some states issue CDLs to people who don’t speak English or who have questionable driving skills.

About 2,400 drivers per year seek to exchange an out-of-state CDL for an Illinois CDL.

The state will not charge a fee for the retesting, but commercial drivers will have to pay a one-time $60 fee for their Illinois CDLs, a spokesman for the secretary of state told “Land Line Now” on XM Satellite Radio. LL