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Old 08-11-2015, 03:04 PM   #21
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it's illegal for me to drive a large bus without a CDL unless it is titled/tagged as an R.V.?
Specifically to Illinois, it depends.

If it is less than 26000lbs (GVWR on the placard) and designed to carry less than 16 passengers, you do not need a CDL.

If it is over 26000lbs (again, on the placard) you need a class B CDL.

If it is designed to carry more than 16 passengers, you need a CDL for the proper weight class.

After it is registered as an RV, you do not need a CDL to drive it, however you still need a non-CDL in the proper weight classification. For example, if you have a a 40' bus that has a GVWR of say 33,000lbs, you will need a class B non-CDL.

The non-CDL and CDL tests are exactly the same in Illinois, only the non-CDL license only cost $10 and the CDL costs $80.

I'm in Central IL and have a CDL if you are looking for someone to transport before conversion.
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Old 08-11-2015, 05:12 PM   #22
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Whether you need a CDL or not depends on your local (State) laws. Some do, many don't. Likewise the re-registration process. It is a cakewalk here in Texas, but a total nightmare in other locations.

Long answer short...check with your friendly local DMV for guidance on both issues.
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Old 08-11-2015, 05:54 PM   #23
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Long answer short...check with your friendly local DMV for guidance on both issues.
Or not so friendly state office when the friendly DMV can't get an answer either...


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Old 08-11-2015, 06:36 PM   #24
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Old 08-11-2015, 10:19 PM   #25
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Thanks for the replies guys. My dad still has a CDL so it sounds like he can get one home for me if I get one. I like the idea of a bus because I want to modify it to haul my motorcycle with when we go. I would rather ride the bike but my wife isn't comfortable driving anything bigger than a pickup. Haha
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Old 08-12-2015, 09:37 AM   #26
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I assume by what I've read so far that it's illegal for me to drive a large bus without a CDL unless it is titled/tagged as an R.V.? So I therefore assume that my first obstacle will be getting one home after I buy it. My second hurdle I assume will be getting the inspection done once I "convert" it. Do I have to somehow get the bus to Springfield for the inspection or will they come to me? Or possibly, if I pick a small town DMV, will they just take my word for it?
So chevy a few things.

1. You do need a CDL to drive it as a commercial bus.(when its yellow and marked) however you will also need a non-commercial class B license to drive it even when its an RV.(because of the weight)

2. Look into insurance as well. If you are planning to buy from a dealer of some sort, you will find yourself at a notary for transit plates(you need insurance!) and your dad would have to be on the insurance since he is the only legal person that can drive that.

3. I am currently approaching the inspection myself. I'll remove some worry from you right off the bat. THEY COME TO YOU . This is the number you need to call. They will explain everything to you. 217-782-7126 (specially constructed vehicles number)

4. You need a signature from the inspector to complete the conversion process although you can always just try getting it titled as an rv right off the bat. I tried that to no avail. They list it as whatever the VIN is.


Good luck and I will let everyone know how the whole inspection process goes!!!
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Old 08-13-2015, 01:28 PM   #27
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Thanks cullengw! Great info. I planned on checking with my insurance before buying anything. (made that mistake before) It's looking a whole lot less complicated to just buy an enclosed trailer and convert it.......But driving a bus would be sooo much more fun. haha
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I emailed the sec state and got this back from an ISP officer. Similar to what I've seen elsewhere on the board. What is the interim step while working on it before it is an RV? Are people titling/registering before it is an RV?

http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/pu...sos_dop247.pdf

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Old 01-25-2016, 03:58 PM   #29
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I emailed the sec state and got this back from an ISP officer. Similar to what I've seen elsewhere on the board. What is the interim step while working on it before it is an RV? Are people titling/registering before it is an RV?

http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/pu...sos_dop247.pdf

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You have 30 days in Illinois to transfer the title so you will have to pay the title fee twice, once when you buy the bus, and again when you have it retitled as an RV.

I do not have mine registered so I can't drive it, because until you get it retitled as an RV, the annual registration fees (for a 40' skoolie) is HUGE at $1,123 (the L plate). After the retitle, registration is only $102.
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$1123 PER YEAR? Are they holding you at gunpoint?
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