Illinois Trucking Schools and Programs

Illinois truck driving schools are abundant thanks to the state having many small, industrial cities that pitch and drop freight on a daily basis. Whether you’d like to go to see in Chicago or some of the many different hubs across the Southern part of the state – there is sure to be an experience you don’t want to miss.

In the state of Illinois you need to have a CDL or Commercial Driver License. A CDL is necessary if you wish to drive tanker vehicles, those with hazardous materials and double or triple trailers. The class A CDL applies to combination vehicles that have a weight of 26,000 pounds or more. It also applies if the Gross Weight Vehicle Weight Rating of a vehicle that is being towed is more than 10,000 pounds.

Before getting a CDL you must meet certain requirements that are established by the state of Illinois and the federal government. Applicants must be at least 18 years old to apply for a CDL and 21 if they want to drive across state lines to transport materials. This regulation applies to all states and is established by the federal government. You must also pay a fee of $60 to apply if you don’t have a driver’s license in the state and $50 if you do currently possess a license. Illinois also requires that you carry a Medical Examiner’s Certificate while driving the vehicle that requires a CDL.

You will also need to pass two tests to obtain a CDL in Illinois. The written test is composed of several multiple-choice questions that you can prepare for using the Illinois Commercial Driver’s License Stud Guide. It is conducted on a computer and you are allowed to take the test up to three times. If you fail three times, you’ll need to wait 30 days before you can take the exam again. If you fail another three times, you’ll have to wait three months to attempt the exam again. For this reason, it is imperative to read the manual beforehand and study as much as possible to ensure that you pass.

A practical vehicle-based test follows and requires a pre-trip inspection of the vehicle to ensure that it is ready to make the trip. A control-skills test ensures that you know where each control for the vehicle is located. The driving test itself follows and must be done in a vehicle that matches the class of the test and must also be registered and insured to drive on the road.

If you wish to gain special certifications to haul hazardous materials, pull special trailers, or to drive tank or passenger vehicles you will need one or more of these proper endorsements:

    • Hazardous Materials (H) – requires a background check.
    • Tank Vehicles (N) – a vehicle with tanks that contain liquids or gaseous materials exceeding 1000 gallons.
    • Passenger (P) – Bus drivers, tour guides, chartered trips vehicles.
    • School Bus (S) – This will be used in addition to the (P) class license certification for transporting primary or secondary age school children.
    • Double/Triple (T) – multiple payload carriages.

Acapulco Driving School
1904 S. Cicero Ave.
Cicero, IL 60804

Alamo Truck Driving School
5264 West 47th St.
Chicago, IL 06038

ATS Professional Truck Driving School, Inc.
1001 Rand Rd. Ste 101
Wauconda, IL 60084

ATS Professional Truck Driving School
29307 N. Main St.
Wauconda, IL 60084

ATS Professional Truck Driving School
19351 W. Washington St.
Grayslake, IL 60030

Bestway Truck Training
12655 South Doty Road
Chicago, IL 60633

Blue Horizon Corporation, Inc.
5926 South Pulaski
Chicago, IL 60629

Bulldog Driving School, Inc.
7711 West Belmont Ave.
Elmwood Park, IL 60707

Central Illinois Driving School
1112 1/2 E. Oakland Ave.
Bloomington, IL 61701

Chavez Driving School
9016 W 47th St. Unit 1
Brookfield, IL 60513

CJ’s Driver Training School
305 West Illinois
Assumption, IL 62510

Columbia Driving School
5028 South Archer Ave.
Chicago, IL 60632

Eagle Training Services Inc.
9182 Pyott Rd.
Lake in the Hills, IL 60156

Eagle Training Services
1375 S. Wolf Rd.
Prospect Heights, IL

Eagle Training Services
3814 11th St.
Rockford, IL

Expert Driving School
7644 West Touhy Ave.
Chicago, IL 60631

Juarez Driving School
1151 West 18th St.
Chicago, IL 60608

1616 Grand Ave. Ste 206
Waukegan, IL 60085

Mega Driving School
6105 West Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60634

Mid City Truck Driving Academy
6740 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60634

Olive Harvey College
10001 S. Woodlawn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60628

Premier CDL Training Services
5529 Dial Drive Ste 4
Granite City, IL 62040

Prestige Driving School, Inc.
5442 S. Archer
Chicago, IL 60638

Presto Driving School
646 W. Algonquin Rd.
Des Plaines, IL 60016

Progressive Driving School, Inc.
5538 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60641

Rend Lake College Truck Driver Training
468 N. Ken Gray Parkway
Ina, IL 62846

Rend Lake College Truck Driver Training
9510 Collinsville Rd.
Collinsville, IL 62234

Star Truck Driving School, Inc.
710 Larsen Lane
Bensenville, IL 60106

Star Truck Driving School, Inc.
7701 W. 95th St.
Hickory Hills, IL 60457

Star Truck Driving School, Inc.
1250 Route 34
Aurora, IL 60543

Star Truck Driving School, Inc.
58 W. 162nd St.
South Holland, IL 60473

Truck Driver Institute, Inc.
23733 Bluff Rd.
Channahon, IL 60410

Truck Driver Institute, Inc.
1601 GE Rd.
Bloomington, IL61704

Uptown Driver Training
36 Park Plaza
Galesburg, IL 60401

Uptown Driver Training
1291 N. 6th St.
Monmouth, IL 61462

Viking Driving School
600 Busse Highway
Park Ridge, IL 60068

Viking Driving School
600 Waukegan Rd.
Glenview, IL 60025