Tire icon School Bus Permit (BUS)

A school bus permit (and in some cases a school bus “S” endorsement on the Commercial Driver’s License) is required of the driver of all vehicles that transport one or more school children provided such transportation is sponsored and approved by a Board of Education. A permit is not required for carrying members of licensee’s household in a private motor vehicle. Class of bus permit is issued on capacity and type of activity. They are:

 

Type Capacity (does not include driver) S Endorsement SB Permit
Small Vehicle / Van 1-10 Passengers No A
School Bus Up to 14 Passengers No B
School Bus, Activity Bus / Multi-Functional School Activity Bus (MFSAB) Up to 14 Passengers, Activity Only No C
School Bus 15 or more Passengers Yes D
School Bus, Activity Bus / Multi-Functional School Activity Bus (MFSAB) 15 or more Passengers, Activity Only Yes E
Coach Bus, Owned by School 15 or more Passengers, Activity Only Yes E
Coach Bus, Operated by Common Carrier 15 or more Passengers, Activity Only, Used on a Regular Basis Yes No
Coach Bus, Operated by Common Carrier 15 or more Passengers, Activity Only, Used One Time or on a Very Occasional Basis No No

 

Age Requirements

Minimum of 18 before the initial application for a school bus permit.

Testing

Vision test annually. A written and drive test are required the year the Class O license or Commercial Driver License (CDL) expires or when the bus permit is expired over one year.

  • Applicants must present a current (completed within last 90 days) medical examination card annually to Driver Licensing staff when obtaining or renewing their school bus permits. The card must be signed by a medical professional (doctor of medicine, doctor of osteopathy, physician assistant, advanced practice nurse or doctor of chiropractic) who is listed on the National Medical Registry.
  • It is the School Bus Permit holder’s responsibility to maintain medical certification during the term of the Nebraska School Bus Permit issued.
  • Certified Level I and II training by the Department of Education must be completed prior to testing.
  • School Bus Permits expire on the holder's birthday the year following the year of issuance. A person desiring to obtain a school bus permit should contact the Nebraska Department of Education for Title 92, Chapter 91: "Regulations Governing the Operation of School Transportation Vehicles" 8 or access this information online.

Pupil Transportation Handbook (manual for school bus drivers to study in preparation for the School Bus Driver’s permit test)