(June 1, 2020) IDOT announced the 12% overweight variance on State Routes for emergency supplies for relief has been extended until June 28, 2020. Read the waiver here.
(May 21, 2020) Governor Pritzker has activated the IL National Guard to assist four counties with flood fighting efforts over the coming days. Guardsmen will be tested for COVID-19 and provided Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Secretary of State’s Office
In an effort to maintain movement of essential items throughout Illinois and the Nation, The Secretary of State will open three facilities to process Commercial Driver’s Licensing (CDL) transactions only. This includes: CDL Written Tests, Pre-Trip Testing and Road Testing. Three strategic facilities will be opened to assist CDL applicants/drivers statewide. The following facilities are available:
Effective April 27:
Springfield, 2701 South Dirksen Parkway, Springfield, IL. Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Effective April 28:
West Chicago, 1280 Powis Road West Chicago, IL 60185. Tuesday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, and Saturdays, 7:30 am-2:00 pm.
Marion, 1905 Rendleman Street, Marion, Il 62959. Tuesday: 8:00 am – 5:30 pm, Wednesday – Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Saturday: 7:30 am – 12:00 pm.
For CDL driving tests, those previously on the list and were postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions will be contacted first to reschedule. Phone lines will be opened Wednesday April 29 for those who need to schedule a driving test. These facilities will be practicing Social Distancing Guidelines. These offices are not supplying applicants/drivers with gloves or masks. As instructed by the governor, it is encouraged for all applicants/drivers to wear personal protective gear.
A hotline has been set up to schedule the driving portions of the CDL test. To schedule a CDL road/skills test, please call 217-785-3013.
Illinois Secretary of State’s offices, including local offices, are closed to the public due to the COVID-19 virus. Expiration dates for driver’s licenses, identification (ID) cards, vehicle registrations (including truck registrations) and other transactions and document filings will be extended by 30 days.
Many transactions with the Secretary of State’s office may be conducted online at www.cyberdriveillinois.com. Customers are encouraged to take advantage of these online services, some of which include:
- obtaining a duplicate driver’s license or ID card,
- renewing a vehicle registration,
- obtaining a driver record abstract,
- renewing a standard driver’s license with the Safe Driver Renewal program,
- filing Business Services documents such as incorporations and annual reports,
- customers with issues involving administrative hearings may contact 312-793-3722 or 217-782-7065.
The Department of Homeland Security has deemed agriculture as a critical industry, allowing agriculture to operate as normal. While this is an extremely important designation, read below for specific details on waivers to trucking rules.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
On Friday, March 13th, The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a national emergency declaration to provide hours-of-service regulatory relief to commercial vehicle drivers transporting emergency relief in response to the nationwide coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This declaration lasts until June 14, 2020.
FMCSA’s declaration provides relief for direct assistance supporting emergency relief efforts intended to meet immediate needs for:
- Medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19.
- Supplies and equipment, including masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap and disinfectants, necessary for healthcare worker, patient and community safety, sanitation, and prevention of COVID-19 spread in communities.
- (March 26, 2020) The Hours of Service emergency declaration declared by FMCSA does provide hours-of-service regulatory relief to commercial vehicle drivers transporting emergency relief in response to the nationwide coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Grain, feed, seed, and fertilizer are now covered as precursor items covered by this waiver. Additionally, livestock being hauled to a processor are included.
- Persons designated by Federal, State or local authorities for transport for medical, isolation or quarantine purposes.
- Personnel to provide medical or other emergency services.
- Those hauling livestock in emergency situations created by COVID-19.
To ensure continue safety on the nation’s roadways, the emergency declaration stipulates that once a driver has completed his or her delivery, the driver must receive a minimum of 10 hours off duty if transporting property, and 8 hours if transporting passengers.
(March 24, 2020) The FMCSA has offered some additional waivers. Due to availability of medical examiners and closure of Driver Licensing Agencies the FMCSA will not take enforcement actions until at least June 30 if:
- A Commercial Driver’s License or Commercial Learner’s Permit expired March 1 or later.
- If a medical card expired March 1 or later.
(March 31, 2020) Ag groups ask for additional relief: The FMCSA previously issued relief from hours of service restrictions for those hauling essential supplies relating to COVID-19. Those supplies did not include agriculture outside of livestock haulers. More than 50 ag groups sent a letter to the FMCSA requesting for additional relief for agriculture from hours of service. Additionally, the letter requested relief from restrictions associated with drug testing and agriculture related driver’s licenses. These requests have not yet been granted.
Locks and Dams
(Updated March 31, 2020) The planned lock closures on the Illinois River are still on schedule for summer 2020. Currently all locks and dams are in operation. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has shut down parks but are still operating locks and dams.