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About School Bus Endorsements

School Bus Endorsements

To become a school bus driver in North Carolina, all individuals must meet the following requirements: 

  • At least 18 years old 
  • At least six months driving experience 
  • Hold a commercial driver license based on state of residence with “S” (school bus), “P” (passenger) endorsement symbols (must be able to acquire)
  • Have a School Bus Driver Certificate (must be able to acquire)

To obtain a School Bus Driver's Certificate, an individual must be specially trained and pass an examination by a N.C. Department of Motor Vehicle’s Driver Education Program Specialist that demonstrates the fitness and competency required to operate a school bus.

The requirements to drive a school activity bus are the same according to the N.C. State Board of Education Policy​, which also requires both “P” (passenger) and an “S” (school bus) endorsement symbols.

Driving a school or activity bus without a certification is a Class III misdemeanor and is a punishable offense.​

5/2/2024 1:18 PM

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