School Bus Endorsement (S) Driver Services

Any CDL holder who will or already drives a yellow school bus to transport pre-primary, primary or secondary school students from home to school, from school to home, or to and from school-sponsored events must obtain a School Bus Endorsement (S). To apply for a School Bus Endorsement, you must:

The CDL School Bus Endorsement (S) is a federal CDL endorsement and is not the same as the State of Illinois School Bus Permit (SBP) program.

Any driver who transports school children 12th grade or below on behalf of a school or school bus company to/from school or for any curriculum based activities must have an SBP. This SBP requirement is mandatory regardless of the size of the vehicle.

Any driver transporting Illinois school children in a yellow school bus, requiring a CDL, will be required to have the Passenger endorsement, the School Bus endorsement and the proper class School Bus Permit (SBP).

Effective February 7, 2022, applicants for a School Bus Endorsement (S) must complete entry level driver training prior to scheduling the pre-trip, skills and road tests. Please see Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) for more information.

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