What is the New CDL Law?

new laws for a CDL license in Illinois

The new CDL law from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) effectively established new training standards for applicants of a Class A or Class B commercial driver’s license. The change applies to individuals seeking their CDL for the first time, upgrading their CDL, or adding an endorsement for the first time. 

The new CDL law was implemented February 7, 2022 and requires drivers to complete Entry-Level Drive Training (ELDT) from a training provider listed on FMCSA’s Training Provider Registry (TPR) before being scheduled for a skills test. Midwest Technical Institute (MTI) is recognized by the FMCSA as an approved ELDT (Entry-Level Driver Training) provider. MTI offers CDL classes in Illinois and Missouri.

How Do You Get a CDL License in Illinois?

If you’re researching how to get a CDL in Illinois you probably have questions regarding how these changes may impact your path to getting a CDL license in Illinois

Midwest Technical Institute (MTI)’s truck driving training curriculum addresses the new Illinois CDL requirements. MTI’s CDL Training Course is fully FMCSA compliant and instructors are properly trained in accordance with the law.

MTI’s CDL classes in Illinois meet the ELDT standards required by the law, and help prepare students to pass the state licensing exam and obtain a Class A CDL license in Illinois.

CDL License Illinois: Full Requirements

Whether you’re looking to obtain your CDL license in Illinois or transfer from another state, the Office of the Illinois Secretary of State ( is a great source to view the full list of requirements.  

At MTI, the CDL Training Course admissions requirements include:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older, 21 years of age for interstate travel
  • Possess a valid state driver’s license
  • Provide copy of motor vehicle record
  • No unpaid tickets anywhere in the United States 
  • Meet physical qualifications as specified by the state and possess a D.O.T. physical and drug screening (which is provided in tuition cost)
  • Willing to participate in a controlled substance and alcohol testing program as mandated by the FMCSA and the State Department of Transportation
  • Register on the FMCSA Drug and Alcohol National Clearinghouse website

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Get Your CDL license in Illinois at MTI

MTI’s Springfield, Illinois campus offers a 20-day CDL Training Course

All truck driving instructors at MTI are FMCSA compliant and bring real-world commercial driving experience to the classroom and the range, taking you behind-the-wheel and providing hands-on CDL training to help you develop essential driving experience and knowledge.

When attending CDL school in Illinois, you’ll learn:

  • CDL permit test and endorsement preparation
  • Over-the-road training
  • Life on the road and professionalism
  • Shipping and receiving
  • Defensive driving & extreme driving conditions
  • FMCSA rules and regulations
  • ELDT (Entry-Level Driver Training)
  • And more!

Are you looking to get your CDL in Missouri? MTI also offers a Professional Truck Driving Program in Missouri which prepares students for a career as a truck driver through a comprehensive 20-week training program.

If you’re interested in learning more, fill out the form below to connect with MTI’s Admissions Team! They can answer any questions you have about the CDL Training Course and help you get started.