Responsibilities of School Bus Driver

    • To be in good physical condition

    • To inspect the bus before each trip

    • To drive safely at all times

    • To obey all laws 

    In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, anyone wishing to drive a school bus must have

    • A valid Pennsylvania driver's license
    • A valid Pennsylvania CDL with the,  "Passenger Air Brake School Bus" endorsement


    Along with the required licensing, a Pennsylvania School Bus Driver must also:

    • Comply with Pennsylvania Department of Health and any local school district regulations and policies regarding communicable diseases

    • Have a clean criminal history record

    • Have a clean child abuse history record

    • Have no record of motor vehicle crashes or traffic violations determined to be excessive in number

    • Be drug and alcohol-free when driving, and must not consume any alcoholic beverages within eight (8) hours prior to operating a school bus


    A Pennsylvania School Bus Driver must renew his/her school bus certification every four (4) years, completing a minimum of ten (10) hours of instruction and the "S" endorsement knowledge and skills examinations. The instruction must include seven (7) hours of classroom training and three (3) hours of in-bus training.

    Additionally, in order to maintain a valid school bus endorsement, each driver must pass an annual physical examination given by a physician appointed or approved by the local school board.