Effective Thursday, May 1, truckers moving to Illinois who obtained their CDLs in other states must retake and pass the written and road tests before they are issued an Illinois CDL. Illinois is the first state in the nation to require these tests for licensed CDL holders moving from another state.
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White issued a press release saying it’s a safety issue and that some states issue CDLs to people who don’t speak English or who have questionable driving skills.
Not mentioned in the press release is the fact that the new policy will also mean a new source of income for Illinois. Approximately 2,400 drivers per year seek to exchange an out-of-state CDL for an Illinois CDL.