Illinois Drivers, Register your Medical Card with the Secretay of State!!!

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Illinois Drivers, Register your Medical Card with the Secretay of State!!!

Attention all Illinois CDL holders!!!!  You must declare the status of your Medical Card with the Secretary of State!!!!  

I hope this is not news to most of you, but there are a lot of holders of CDL's from Illinois that have not delared their status with the Secretary of State.  Beginning February of 2014 your CDL wil be cancelled if SOS does not have your Medical Certificate information. (Some drivers have already run into this problem)  Cancelled means it is as if you never had a CDL; you will have to start over with written, skills and road tests and you will have to pay the fee again!  If your CDL expires this year you must do this when you renew.  If your CDL does not expire this year you must still appear in person at any Driver's License Facility and present your Medical Certificate.

The following is taken directly from the IL SOS website:


Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

Effective January 30th 2012 any individual applying for a renewal, corrected, duplicate or upgrading to a Commercial Drivers license (CDL) that individual must certify as which category of driver you are or intend to be. The (4) four choices are:

  1. Non-excepted interstate driver (NI)
  2. Excepted interstate driver (EI)
  3. Non-excepted intrastate driver (NA)
  4. Excepted intrastate driver (EA)

If you choose #1 option then your current DOT Medical Card must be given to the facility employees prior to be allowed to continue. All pertinent medical information which we need from your medical card will be loaded onto your driver's file.

If you choose any other numbered option the individual will be allowed to be processed. If you are unsure please check with your employer or prospective employer as to which option you should choose.

The employees of the office of the Illinois Secretary of State cannot nor will not have this information as to which category you intend to drive in.

What this doesn't say is that ALL CDL holders have to declare before January 31, 2014.

There is almost no reason to declare anything other than NI, Non-excepted Interstate Driver.  Most drivers will automatically fall into this category.  Even if you should fall into one of the other categories, I see no advantage to declaring anything else.  The only reason would be operating solely in an Intracity Exempt Zone.