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Restricted CDL For Transporting Ammonia Nurse Tanks

Click below for the application form to the IL Sec of State to obtain a restricted CDL for transporting ammonia nurse tanks.  

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CDL Medical Card - Provide Proof to SOS

If you declared Non-Exempt Interstate (NI) on your medical card with the Illinois Secretary of State (SOS) a copy of your medical card must be kept on file with SOS office.  If a copy is not provided then your CDL can be cancelled by SOS.  There are three different ways to provide a copy of your medical card to SOS.  You can scan the medical card and send it to bthompson2@ilsos.net, fax it to 217.785.5156 or go to the SOS office in person and provide a copy.  Once they have a copy on file, you no longer need to carry your medical card with you since the information will be available electronically.  Keep in mind you only need to send a copy of your medical card if you declared NI, Non-Exempt Interstate.  Interstate motor carriers are also required to go to a doctor certified by USDOT to get their medical card.  Click here to find an approved doctor in your area.  If you have any questions, please contact Kevin Runkle at the IFCA office.

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Medical Cards Require Certified Medical Examiner

Effective May 21, 2014, interstate commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers can only receive a valid medical certificate from a certified Medical Examiner (ME) listed on the FMCSA's National Registry.  To access the National Registry and locate a certified Medical Examiner click here then enter the city, state or zip code to find a list of MEs.  At this time, intrastate drivers are not required to use a ME on the National Registry.  If you are operating a commercial motor vehicle in a commercial enterprise that crosses state lines, please ensure you are in compliance with this new requirement and prepare to find a certified ME before your medical card expires.  If you have any questions, please contact Kevin Runkle at the IFCA office.

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Class A CDL Not Needed to Transport Ammonia Nurse Tanks

IFCA has received clear guidance from both the Illinois Secretary of State CDL division and the Illinois State Police enforcement division regarding the type of CDL needed to transport anhydrous ammonia nurse tanks.  There has been some confusion on this issue which we are happy to clarify as follows:    1.  An anhydrous ammonia nurse tank is an implement of husbandry and as such, the weight of the nurse tank is not factored into the CDL weight classification.   2. Anhydrous ammonia is a placarded hazardous material and therefore a CDL with hazmat endorsement is required for a commercial entity (ag retailer) to transport the product.  Farmers or farm family members and farm employees are exempt from the CDL requirement when transporting nurse tanks to the farm.   3.  A Class B CDL with hazmat endorsement is needed for an ag retail employee to transport anhydrous ammonia nurse tanks, no matter what the weight or combination of the nurse tanks (1,000 or 1,450 gallon nurse tanks pulled in singles, in tandem or mounted side-by-side on a single running gear).    4.  A restricted Class B Farm Service CDL is available to ag retail employees on a seasonal basis.  ...more

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CDL Medical Card Reminder

Effective January 30, 2012, all drivers applying for an Illinois CDL for the first time and all current CDL holders renewing, upgrading or replacing their CDL must visit a CDL facility to declare your driver category. The purpose of this new requirement is to create a national medical certificate data base for interstate motor carriers. If you are not a first time CDL holder and your license does not expire until after January 30, 2014, you must appear in person at one of the 47 Illinois CDL facilities prior to January 30, 2014 to declare one of the following categories:   1. Non-excepted interstate driver (NI) 2. Excepted interstate driver (EI) 3. Non-excepted intrastate driver (NA) 4. Excepted intrastate driver (EA)   Only people who mark non-excepted interstate (NI) will be required to submit their DOT Medical information to the SOS office. Keep in mind, all law enforcement officials in the U.S. will have access to the category you declare. If you are caught in an interstate operation and you chose category 2-4 you will be considered medically out of compliance.  If you have any questions, please contact Kevin at the IFCA office. For a detailed explanation go to the IFCA homepage www.ifca.com and click ...more

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New CDL Facility Opens In Rockford

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White recently announced the opening of the new, larger and more accessible Rockford CDL facility.  The new facility, located at 4734 Baxter Road, will better serve the public due to its easily accessible location to local expressways.  The new Rockford CDL facility serves truck, bus and passenger drivers and is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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New Law Can Revoke DL

A new Illinois law aimed at reducing motor vehicular fatalities is on the books. From now on if a person is cited for certain traffic violations which resulted in a death, that person's driver's license can be revoked for up to one year by the Illinois Office of Secretary of State. Specifically, the law states action can be taken to revoke a person's license as a result of a violation of any offense regulating the movement of traffic that was the proximate cause of death of any person. Instead of just paying the traffic ticket,which is the same as entering a guilty plea, IFCA recommends appearing in court with legal counsel to ask for supervision on the traffic ticket. If you have any questions regarding this law, contact Kevin at the IFCA office.

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New Requirement For HAZMAT Endorsement

Now when renewing a CDL with HAZMAT endorsement, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is requiring proof of citizenship along with identification.  When you get fingerprinted for the background check to receive a HAZMAT endorsement on your CDL, you need to take certain forms of identification in order to complete the fingerprinting and background check requirements.  One primary form or two secondary forms of identification are now required.  An example of a primary form of identification is a U.S. passport or card which shows U.S. citizenship.  Only one primary form of identification is required.  If you can not provide a U.S. passport or card then you must bring in two forms of secondary identification one of which must show proof of U.S. Citizenship and one government issued photo identification.  Examples of secondary forms of identification include:   Original or certified copy of birth certificate Social Security Card U.S. Military ID Military discharge papers DOT Medical Card Marriage Certificate Voter Registration Card State Issued ID Card State Issued Drivers License   Remember, for the secondary identification, one form must show proof of U.S. citizenship and one must be a ...more

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SOS Medical Card Requirement

Click on this link for detailed requirements for submitting medical card information to the SOS office.

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SOS Office Requiring New Medical Card Certification

According to the Illinois Secretary of State Office, any person applying for a CDL for the first time and/or renewing their current CDL on or after January 30, 2012 must certify, for medical card purposes, with the Illinois Secretary of State's Office no later than January 30, 2014.  In order to self certify, applicants must appear at any of the Secretary of State's CDL facilities and certify one of the following four categories as part of the new medical card requirement.   1.  Non-excepted interstate (NI) 2.  Excepted interstate (EI) 3.  Non-Excepted intrastate (NA) 4.  Excepted intrastate (EA)    If you have any questions regarding medical card self certification, please contact the IFCA office.  A detailed description of each of the certification categories is attached in this email and can also be found at www.ifca.com. 

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IL SOS Nurse Tank Licensing Procedures

Click here for the explanation memo and new form for licensing fertilizer nurse tank trailers if the trailers do not have a title of certificate or origin.

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Seasonal, Restricted CDL Option

Part time employees without a CDL have the option of submitting an application to the Illinois Secretary of State rather than completing theA fingerprint and background check.  Employees must choose between a CDL with HAZMAT or apply for the Restricted Use CDL.  A person can not have both a full CDL and the restricted license.  The restricted class B license can be used for either two 90 day periods or one 180 day period over a twelve month period.  The cost is $50 for the restricted license which only needs to be paid once every four years.  Employees with a restricted CDL are limited to hauling up to 1,000 gallons or less of diesel fuel, 3,000 gallons or less of liquid fertilizer (including NH3) or solid fertilizers not mixed with organic substances.  Fingerprinting and background checks are not required for the restricted CDL.  The application form is on our website under "Regulations" then "Secretary of State" or contact the IFCA office and we can fax you a copy. 

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Expect Fee Increases From the Secretary of State

The Office of the Illinois Secretary of State (SOS) recently announced fee increases for the following categories. Effective October 11, 2009 Four year drivers license (non-CDL) for persons age 21-68 will increase from $10 to $30 Effective January 1, 2010 License Plate registration/renewal will increase from $79 to $99 Certificate of title, duplicate/correctied will increase from $65 to $95 Transfer of Registration will increase from $15 to $25 Title and registration fees apply to passenger vehicles, B-trucks and vans weighing 8,000 pounds or less All fees were proposed and signed into law by Governor Quinn rather than the Office of the Secretary of State.

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Restricted Use CDL Does Not Require Fingerprinting

Part time employees without a CDL have the option of submitting an application to the Illinois Secretary of State rather than completing theA fingerprint and background check.  Employees must choose between a CDL with HAZMAT or apply for the Restricted Use CDL.  A person can not have both a full CDL and the restricted license.  The restricted class B license can be used for either two 90 day periods or one 180 day period over a twelve month period.  The cost is $50 for the restricted license which only needs to be paid once every four years.  Employees with a restricted CDL are limited to hauling up to 1,000 gallons or less of diesel fuel, 3,000 gallons or less of liquid fertilizer (including NH3) or solid fertilizers not mixed with organic substances.  Fingerprinting and background checks are not required for the restricted CDL.  The application form is on our website under "Regulations" then "Secretary of State" or contact the IFCA office and we can fax you a copy. 

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Fingerprinting Required When Renewing HAZMAT Endorsement

It has been nearly five years since legislation was introduced requiring mandatory fingerprinting and background check prior to receiving a HAZMAT endorsement on a CDL.  Although a person's fingerprint does not change over time, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) still requires everyone who renews their CDL with a HAZMAT endorsement to resubmit fingerprints in order to conduct another background check.  Although the process is much quicker than when it was first introduced, it can still take anywhere from two to four weeks for a background check to clear.  A person's license can be renewed up to one year prior to the expiration on the license.  IFCA recommends renewing a CDL with a HAZMAT endorsement at least two months prior to the license expiration.  IFCA has instructions for renewing a HAZMAT as well as a list of Illinois fingerprint locations on our website or you can contact the IFCA office. 

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Unified Carrier Registration FAQ for Farmers

Farmers who transport grain to and from a grain elevator are now defined by USDOT as Interstate Motor Carriers, even if staying within Illinois, as it is considered the first leg or last leg of interstate commerce unless the grain will be processed into another commodity.  If your customers have questions about this new regulation, click on this link to view the UCR Q & A published by the Illinois Farm Bureau.

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Schedule CDL Road Exams Online

The Illinois Secretary of State office has announced CDL road exams can now be scheduled over the internet. CDL appointments for road exams can be scheduled at any of the approved CDL facilities in Illinois. To schedule a CDL road exam through the internet go to www.cyberdriveillinois.com and click on the “schedule a CDL appointment” link on the left side of the screen and follow the instructions. Scheduling an appointment can still be done over the phone by calling the CDL facility, but the on-line registration is available twenty-four hours a day seven days a week. 

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More Stringent CDL Regulations on the Horizon

The Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA) has submitted a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) requesting more stringent requirements in order for drivers to obtain a CDL.   The NPRM is proposing a Federal requirement for a commercial learner's permit (CLP) as a pre-condition for issuing a CDL in addition to proposing various other changes to enhance the CDL program.   Specifically, proposals that will impact IFCA members include:   1.  New CDL holders must obtain a commercial learner's permit (CPL) for 30 days and only operate a commercial motor vehicle with a person who already has a CDL.   2.  The only endorsement allowed on the CPL for 30 days while waiting for a CDL is a passenger (P) endorsement.   3.  No other endorsement wil be allowed on the CLP such as doubles/triples, tanker or a HAZMAT endorsement.  New drivers will use a CLP and must train for 30 days with a person who already has a CDL.  New drivers will then obtain a CDL.   4. Drivers will obtain a CDL after 30 days of driving with a CLP. After a driver receives their CDL, they must seek additional ...more

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36,000 Pound Reminder

The Illinois Vehicle Code considers floaters an implement of husbandry and therefore exempt from the commercial motor vehicle regulations (including the CDL requirements) but only if the floaters weigh less than 36,000 lbs--loaded or unloaded.  Even if you have a license plate on your floater to enable you to take a load to the field you cannot exceed 36,000 lbs or you lose the exemption and then your driver needs a CDL, pre and post-trip inspection reports, etc.  We realize that floaters get bigger every year but please keep this in mind.  You also cannot exceed 30 mph on public roadways or exceed 12 feet in width.  The Illinois State Police love their portable scales so please be cognizant of the implement of husbandry criteria.  For a more detailed explanation of this definition go to the Regulations section of our website and click on DOT. 

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