Arizona School Bus Driver License Requirements

A school bus driver license is a kind of commercial driver’s license. It is also sometimes called an “endorsement” on a CDL license.

You will need your CDL license with school bus endorsement to become a school driver in Arizona. CDL licenses are obtained from the Department of Transportation’s Motor Vehicle Division.

But in addition to dealing with the DOT, you have to submit forms with the Arizona Department of Public Safety’s Student Transportation Unit to become a school bus driver in this state. You can see the application forms by using the page listed below.

http://studenttransportation.azdps.gov/new-driver.html

Before you start filling out forms, you need an expected employer. Contact individual school districts for possible job openings for Arizona school bus drivers.

Only a few offices in Arizona grant CDL licenses. You can use the following page to look up the office closest to you.

https://www.azdot.gov/mvd/driver-services/commercial-driver-license/cdl-office-locations

Although you must use one of the offices above for the written CDL knowledge test, some private companies, such as trucking schools, are authorized to conduct your road/skills test. This may be a better option for some applicants because they sometimes have their own trucks or buses for you to test on. Use the following page to look up these private testing agencies.

https://www.azdot.gov/docs/default-source/mvd-services/authorized-third-party-providers.pdf?sfvrsn=8

You will also have to pass a background check and medical examination to get a school bus driver job in Arizona. You will also have to be at least 18 years old.

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