School Bus Permit

A school bus permit is required for any individual planning to transport school children grade 12 or below for a public, private or religious school, including nursery schools, if you will drive:
  • a yellow school bus or
  • any other approved vehicle, owned or operated by a school or religious institution used for this purpose over a regularly scheduled route.


In 1995, the Secretary of State was given the responsibility of regulating all school bus drivers within Illinois. To obtain a school bus permit, you'll need to:
  • Be at least 21 years old.
  • Pass the driving test in the type of bus you want to drive.
  • Pass a school bus knowledge test.
  • Have a clean driving record.
  • Complete a bus driver training and certification course.


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