Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association
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Secretary of State

Implement of Husbandry Definitions

The document below explains what qualifies as an Implement of Husbandry in Illinois and explains the license plate requirements for ammonia nurse tanks and fertilizer trailers.  

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Restricted CDL For Transporting Ammonia Nurse Tanks

Click below for the application form to the IL Sec of State to obtain a restricted CDL for transporting ammonia nurse tanks.  

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Class A CDL Not Needed to Transport Ammonia Nurse Tanks

IFCA has received clear guidance from both the Illinois Secretary of State CDL division and the Illinois State Police enforcement division that a Class A CDL is NOT required to transport ammonia nurse tanks.  Ammonia nurse tanks are implements of husbandry and as such, the weight of the nurse tank is not factored into the CDL weight classification.  Ag retail employees need a Class B CDL with hazmat endorsement no matter what the weight or combination of the nurse tanks (1,000 or 1,450 gallon nurse tanks pulled in singles, in tandem or mounted side-by-side on a single running gear).  Or, a restricted Class B Farm Service CDL is available to ag retail employees on a seasonal basis.  If you have any questions, please contact us.  

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CDL Medical Card Reminder

Effective January 30, 2012, all drivers applying for an Illinois CDL for the first time and all current CDL holders renewing, upgrading or replacing their CDL must visit a CDL facility to declare your driver category. The purpose of this new requirement is to create a national medical certificate data base for interstate motor carriers. If you are not a first time CDL holder and your license does not expire until after January 30, 2014, you must appear in person at one of the 47 Illinois CDL facilities prior to January 30, 2014 to declare one of the following categories:   1. Non-excepted interstate driver (NI) 2. Excepted interstate driver (EI) 3. Non-excepted intrastate driver (NA) 4. Excepted intrastate driver (EA)   Only people who mark non-excepted interstate (NI) will be required to submit their DOT Medical information to the SOS office. Keep in mind, all law enforcement officials in the U.S. will have access to the category you declare. If you are caught in an interstate operation and you chose category 2-4 you will be considered medically out of compliance.  If you have any questions, please contact the IFCA office. 

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IL SOS Nurse Tank Licensing Procedures

Click below for the explanation memo and form for licensing fertilizer nurse tank trailers with the Secretary of State if the trailers do not have a title or certificate or origin.

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Schedule CDL Road Exams Online

You can schedule a CDL road exam by going to and click on the “schedule a CDL appointment” link on the left side of the screen.   Scheduling an appointment can still be done over the phone by calling the CDL facility, but the on-line registration is available 24-7.  

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