The Secretary of State proposed amendments which will impact licensed commercial driver training schools and those wishing to be certified as online education providers:
The Secretary of State proposed amendments to “Issuance of Licenses” (92 Ill. Adm. Code 1030; 38 Ill. Reg. 5163) and “Commercial Driver Training Schools” (92 Ill. Adm. Code 1060; 38 Ill. Reg. 5414) and proposed a new Part titled “Online Only Adult Driver Education Course Provider Certification” (92 Ill. Adm. Code 1066; 38 Ill. Reg. 5228). These rulemakings implement PA 98-167, requiring adults 18-20 years old who have not previously had a driver’s license and who have not completed an approved driver education course to take a 6 hour course. SOS is updating driver permit requirements to allow 18-20 year olds to obtain a permit without being enrolled in an adult driver education course; those who want to obtain a driver’s license can take the 6 hour course either in a classroom setting or online. All certified providers will be listed on SOS’s website. Students who can take a course from a non-certified provider will not be eligible to get a driver’s license until they complete an approved course or turn 21. Once SOS is notified that the student has p assed, it will send a notification that must be brought to a driver’s services facility to complete the application process. Licensed commercial driver training schools can become certified to teach the 6-hour course in a classroom setting. All existing commercial driver training schools that are accredited to teach teen driving will be certified to offer adult driver education. Applicants who wish to be certified will be subject to an on-site inspection by SOS to verify they meet the standards. Only licensed instructors can teach the classroom course. The rulemaking establishes criteria for an online only course. All online providers must be certified. Requirements for online applicants include submitting to a fingerprint based background check, having a continuous surety bond of $50,000, not be employed by the SOS, maintain a customer service telephone line from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and a 24/7 email or answering service. If an applicant to teach the online course is not certified, he or she may use SOS’s administrative hearing procedures to appeal. Technical and security requirements for online courses are included. Applicants for both the classroom and online must submit a copy of their course content for SOS approval. Topics covered must include instruction on traffic laws, highway signs, blind spots, sharing the road, and mental conditions. If the content significantly changes after approval, a new proposal will have to be approved. Providers must update their course content within 60 days after the effective date of any new relevant driving laws. All providers must keep records for a minimum of 3 years. Each student must complete the 6 hour course within 30 days after the start. All students must pass a final exam with the minimum score of 75 percent. The final will consist of 20 questions chosen from a bank of 40. If the student does not pass the first time, he or she may re-test. If the student does not pass the second time, he or she has failed the course. If the student passes, the provider must provide the student’s name, address, date of birth, gender, email address and $5 fee to SOS.
The rule sets forth requirements for existing licensed commercial driving training schools to offer the adult education program in either a classroom or online setting. The rule also set forth requirements for those entities that are not currently licensed as commercial driver training schools to obtain certification to offer online-only adult driver education. Requirements for online providers include submission of an application, a fingerprint based background check, surety bond, approval by the Secretary of the proposed course content and verification of student participation and identity. For questions or comments contact Jennifer Egizii at (217) 557-4462. Click here
to submit comments.
The following rule will impact businesses that qualify for the Angel Investment Credit:
The Department of Revenue proposed amendment to “Income Tax” (86 Ill. Adm. Code 100; 38 Ill. Reg. 5148) providing guidance on the treatment of the Angel Tax Credit. The credit is equal to 25% of investment in new companies engaged in innovation. The rulemaking reflects statute and addresses years the credit may be taken, limitation on the size of the accredit, how the credit is handled when the investor is a partnership or subchapter S corporation, documentation, need for a certificate authorizing the credit and provisions for recapture in the event the business has moved out of state and the investment has remained with the business less than 3 years.
The rulemaking provides guidance for taxpayers entitled to the Angel Investment Credit under IITA Section 220 for investments made in qualifying Illinois businesses. Small businesses entitled to the Angel Investment Credit and qualifying small businesses that can qualify their investors for the credit will receive guidance on earning or claiming the credit. For questions or comments, contact Paul Caselton at (217) 782-7055 or email Paul.Caselton@Illinois.gov