All applicants must certify at the time of application that they do not hold more than one driver license and that their license is not suspended, disqualified or revoked.
Some convictions will make a driver ineligible to operate a school bus. Individuals interested in becoming a school bus driver should contact their local school system’s transportation department for further qualifications, requirements, restrictions and/or school-bus driver training classes.
Medical & Physical
Prospective school bus drivers must acquire a U.S. Department of Transportation medical exam from a federal motor carrier certified medical examiner to be considered competent to operate a school bus.
If questions arise about an applicant’s physical condition, NCDMV may require the driver to submit a completed medical report (provided by the NCDMV Driver License Section), before or after certification.
Training & Testing
Prospective school bus drivers must:
|School Bus Application fee||$43.25||This fee applies each three attempts of knowledge tests|
|School Bus Commercial |
|$21.50 per year||N/A|
|School Bus Commercial driver license endorsement||$4.25 per year, per endorsement||N/A|
Under state law, NCDMV does not issue or renew a commercial driver license with "P" or "S" endorsement symbols to anyone required to register under sex offender and public protection registration programs.
Suspensions & Revocations
In addition to the rules that apply to the driving public, commercial driver license holders are required to follow rules specific to commercial motor vehicle drivers and comply with the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act to maintain their commercial driver license and keep their school-bus driver certification.
Frequently Asked Questions