School Bus Driver Requirements

School Bus Driver Licensing Requirements.

1. Pass a physical required by the State of Pennsylvania specifically for School Bus Drivers.
This physical must be completed annually.
A record of the physical is kept by the employer and the PA. Dept. of Transportation.

2. A Class B Commercial Driver's License must be obtained.
A Driving Permit for a School Bus Driver's license must be obtained from a PennDot Licensing Center.
Written tests must be passed for the following endorsements:
General Knowledge endorsement
Air Brake Restriction removed endorsement
Passenger endorsement
School Bus endorsement
The written tests must be taken at a PennDot Licensing Center.

3. Required In-Bus Training.

A new school bus driver applicant must complete a minimum of 6 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction
with a Pennsylvania certified school bus instructor.

4. Required Classroom Training.
A new school bus driver applicant must complete a minimum of 14 hours of classroom instruction by a
certified school bus instructor.

5. Required Driving Test.
A driving test must be scheduled after all the endorsement tests have been passed, the required
training has been completed and documented with the PA. Dept. of Transportation.
The driving test can be scheduled at a PennDot Licensing Center or with a Pennsylvania certified
Third Party Tester.

All five steps must be completed to become a school bus driver in Pennsylvania.


Pennsylvania requires all School Bus Drivers to complete a recertification process every 4 years.
1. The annual physical must be completed.

2. The School Bus endorsement test must be passed at a PennDot Licensing Center.


3. Required In-Bus Training.

An existing school bus driver must complete a minimum of 3 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction
with a Pennsylvania certified school bus instructor.

4. Required Classroom Training.

An existing school bus driver must complete a minimum of 7 hours of classroom instruction by a
certified school bus instructor.

5. All training hours must be documented with the PA. Dept. of Transportation.


All five steps of the recertification process must be completed to renew the school bus endorsement

of the Commercial Driver's License for another 4 year period.