Illinois driver's license classifications are Class A, B, C D, L and M, based on the weight and number of wheels of the vehicles. It also depends on whether the driver will be hauling hazardous materials or towing trailers. Commercial driver's licenses in Illinois are Class A, B, C, or some combination, in accordance with Federal CDL guidelines. A CDL is usually required for school bus, child care vehicle and commuter vehicle permits and for vehicles transporting members of a religious or senior citizen community. Illinois drivers who have had their driver's licenses revoked may still be able to drive using special permits for going to work or meeting other family or medical needs.
A Class L vehicle is motor-driven but with less than 150 cc displacement. A motorcycle is 150 cc and over, whether two-wheel or three-wheel. A moped is neither a Class L vehicle nor a motorcycle and may be operated with any current, valid Illinois driver's license as long as it meets these four criteria: it is not equipped with an internal combustion engine, it produces two horsepower braking or less, its power drive does not require shifting by its operator and it is a low-speed vehicle, attaining speeds of 20 to 30 mph in a mile.
To legally ride a motorcycle in the state of Illinois, you must take a special test and complete a training course, which will result, if you pass, in having a motorcycle or Class M designation added to your regular driver's license.
Class D is the standard license to operate an automobile in Illinois. For drivers who do not need to operate vehicles with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of more than 16,000 pounds, a Class D license will be sufficient. If you plan to drive a motorcycle, a commercial vehicle, or a church bus, however, you will need to get a different license or permit.
Illinois Class C licenses are required to operate vehicles that weigh between 16,000 and 26,000 pounds or that tow trailers or vehicles weighing over 10,000 pounds, carry hazardous material or more than 16 passengers.
Class B Driver's Licenses in the State of Illinois are for those who need to drive vehicles weighing more than 26,000 pounds and towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
The Class A Driver's License in Illinois is for drivers who operate the heaviest loads, with vehicles weighing more than 26,000 pounds and tow weight of more than 10,000 pounds. A Class A driver will usually have a B,C, and D license designation, permitting them to haul any weight or drive any vehicle.
If Illinois drivers with suspended or revoked licenses can show that they pose no danger to others and that not being able to drive to and from a job or medical appointment or to deliver and pick up family members at schools, jobs or medical appointments constitutes hardship or danger, they may receive one of the following special permits:
Family Financial Responsibility Driving Permit (FRP) Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP) Occupational Driving Permit (ODP) Probationary License Restricted CDL Restricted Driving Permit (RDP) Restricted Local Driver’s License