Thursday, January 23, 2014

Possible Cancellation of Commercial Driver's Licenses (CDLs) --ACTION NEEDED by JAN. 30, 2014

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Dear Resident,

I pray that you are staying warm during our most recent cold spell.

Today, my office received the following communication from Secretary of State Jesse White's office regarding possible cancellation of Commercial Driver's Licenses (CDLs).  If you are or know of someone holding a CDL please have them work with the Secretary of State's office to ensure that their license is not negatively impacted.  All applicable contact information is included in the following communication.

Additionally, please let me remind you of several of the resources available to you or individuals in your community to help them during the cold winter months:
  • Keep Warm Illinois 
    • A website aimed at identifying warming centers around the state and other information necessary to assist with keeping warm during the cold months of the year.
  • Getting Around Illinois 
    • The website will provide residents and motorists with information regarding the status of our roads. 
  • ComED energy assistance
    • Customers are encouraged to notify ComED as quickly as possible if they experience an outage. 
    • Customers can text OUT to 26633 to report any outages and receive restoration information, or they can contact ComED by calling 1-800-EDISON-1.
As always should you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me.  

Warmest regards,

Elgie R. Sims, Jr.
State Representative - 34th District

JESSE WHITE · Secretary of State

January 24, 2014

Dear Representative Sims:

The Secretary of State's Office would like to inform you of the possible cancellation of commercial driver's licenses (CDLs) that will take effect in late February, 2014.

Per federal regulation, beginning January 30, 2012, but no later than January 30, 2014, all existing CDL holders must visit a SOS CDL facility and declare which one of four categories of driving in which they engage.  If the driver engages in interstate driving, the driver must also provide SOS with a medical certification completed by a physician.  If the CDL holder does not declare their type of driving or, if required, submit a medical card, SOS is required to cancel the CDL (the driver will retain their ability to drive a car, but not a commercial motor vehicle).

Currently, 43,000 CDL holders have not complied with this mandate (approximately 9% of Illinois CDL holders).  Any CDL holder that has not visited a SOS facility by January 30, 2014, will have their CDL privileges cancelled.  Cancellations will be processed in batches in early February, with all cancellations taking effect on February 28, 2014.

In October 2011, SOS sent a letter to every Illinois CDL holder informing the drivers of their obligation to appear at a SOS facility to declare and submit a medical certificate, if engaged in interstate driving.  Follow-up letters to those drivers who had not yet appeared were sent in September and December 2013. 

In addition, the SOS has engaged in substantial outreach to ensure that all CDL holders are aware of their obligations and possible cancellation of their CDL privileges, including over 20 separate emails to  approximately two dozen professional organizations whose members include CDL holders (i.e. Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Trucking Association, Midwest Truckers etc), presentations at truck and trade shows, communication with the regional superintendents of education (since most school bus drivers hold CDLs) and communication with the 25 largest CDL trucking companies in Illinois. 

CDL holders may find their nearest CDL facility by visiting the Secretary of State's website at:

Further information can be found on our website at: or by calling 217-785-3002.

Please do not hesitate to contact my staff if you have questions.

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