Become a Bus Driver
Beginning the Process (No Class A/ B or CDL)
To drive a school bus you need three things:
- CDL Class “A or B” License with “P/S” endorsement
- DOT Physical & Medical Card
- Certification through the Region XII School Bus Certification Program
Let’s walk through how to acquire these three requirements
Step 1: You need the CDL Handbook. The handbook is available online http://www.dps.texas.gov/internetforms/Forms/DL-7C.pdf. There are also copies available upon request at the Bus Barn or you can go to any DPS office to pick up a handbook.
There are a few sections to study that cover the material on the tests you will be required to take. Begin with Section 14. This section is for the Learner’s Permit and gets the behind the wheel training started. Studying for the test can take from 3 – 7 days. This is done on your own time.
Study the following sections:
- Special Requirement for Texas Commercial Motor Vehicles (Section 14-1)
- General Knowledge (Sections 1-1, 2-2, 3-1)
- Air Brakes (Section 5-1)
- Transporting Passengers Safely (Section 4-1)
- School Bus (Section 10-1)
To help, you may view videos that prepare you for the remaining written tests. Links to these free videos are on the transportation page of our district website.
Step 2: Go to DPS and take the tests to obtain your Commercial Learner’s Permit. The fee is $25 for all five tests. You can take all 5 test in one day as long as you pass them all on first attempt, but if you fail a test you must wait one day before you can retake it.
Make sure you obtain a receipt for the $25 fee and submit it to the transportation department. We will reimburse you for this fee once you become licensed to drive a school bus.
Note: Upon passing this first test and getting your permit, you have 90 days to complete the remaining written and road tests. If you fail any one test 3 times you will have to start over from beginning and pay the $25 fee again.
When you arrive to take the test make sure you have the following:
- Social Security card,
- Drivers license,
- Texas Commercial Driver License Application, go to www.dps.texas.gov/internetforms/forms/CDL-1.pdf to print, or a copy can be provided for you upon request at the Bus Barn.
- Certification of Physical Exemption form, go to www.dps.texas.gov/internetforms/forms/CDL-10.pdf to print, or a copy can be provided for you upon request at the Bus Barn.
After you pass all 5 test you will be given a paper copy of your Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP) and they will take your picture for your new license that will arrive in the mail in 2 – 3 weeks.
Step 3: Schedule a DOT Physical and a Drug/Alcohol test through Paula Willard at BISD Transportation Dept, BISD will pay for your physical provided you use our doctors.
Step 4: After completing the written tests, you will begin hands-on training (behind the wheel of the bus) with a BISD Transportation Trainer. This will cover the three parts you will be tested on during the DPS Road test (Pre-Trip, backing skills, road test).
Contact the bus barn to find out the training schedule. Once you begin training, you will set up an appointment with DPS to take the Road test.
Note: You will need to give a copy of your Department of Transportation medical certificate and a copy of your commercial learner's permit you received from DPS to your trainer at this time.
Step 5: The day of your Road Test, you and a Trainer will drive to the DPS site together. Contact Paula Willard as soon as you can with your schedule date so we can provide a bus and driver to transport you to the test.
Brownsboro ISD will pay for the $61 testing fee and when you pass all areas of the test BISD will reimburse the $25 that you paid upfront.
When you arrive to take the test, you will need the following:
- Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP)
- Driver’s license
- Medical Certificate
Note: You will have 180 days to take your road test before your CLP expires, you are permitted to renew the CLP one time for another 180 days and you must pay the $25 again. You have 3 attempts to pass each section of the driving tests. If you pass a portion then fail the next you will not have to retake the portion that you passed again. If you fail all 3 attempts on any of the 3 areas you will have to start completely over with the 5-knowledge test including paying all the fees again.
Once you pass this test you are permitted to drive a school bus on an emergency certification for 6 months. You have 6 months to complete the last and final step to become a fully licensed school bus driver.
Step 6: Take a 20 Hour Texas School Bus Safety Certification class. There is a
$130 fee that BISD will pay.
Note: You will be required to take an 8 hour course every 3 years to maintain you safety certificate
Please see the list below of dates this training is offered.
That’s it, you are all set to get your license to drive a school bus. Download the driver’s handbook or contact our Transportation Department to pick up a copy to get started!
Welcome to the BISD Transportation Department and preparation for obtaining your commercial driver’s license (CDL). We are glad to work with you through this process. The department covers the cost of the DOT physical and fees for the certification course and provides a reinmursement for the cost of the Class B Learner’s permit (which is $25) and $61 for the written DPS series of tests and the road test. In addition to covering the costs to obtaining your CDL, we offer a $500 signing bonus to drivers once they complete the certification program.
Please do not hesitate to ask questions of us. We are here to help. Let’s get started.