If you’d like to drive a school bus, in addition to a commercial Class A/B license and passenger endorsement, you will also need a school bus endorsement. This federally required school bus theory course will prepare you for your endorsement test at the DMV and is required before going to the DMV.
School bus drivers must have a commercial driver’s license (CDL) with a passenger endorsement and a school bus endorsement if they drive a school bus designed to transport (seat) 16 or more persons, including the driver. The CDL and school bus endorsement does not apply to vehicles that transport less than 16 persons.
To get a school bus endorsement, you must pass a knowledge test on this chapter of the manual as well as a written test for a passenger endorsement. If your school bus has air brakes, you must also pass a knowledge test on those. You must also pass the skills test required for the class of school bus you drive or intend to drive.
This course does not provide information on all the federal and state requirements needed before you drive a school bus. You should be thoroughly familiar with all specific school bus procedures, laws, and regulations in your state, the State Department of Education and your school district.
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