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