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Pupil Transportation

Requirements to Drive a Pupil Transportation Vehicle

Federal and State Requirement Matrices:

A school bus permit is required for the driver of all vehicles that transport one or more school children for routes or school sponsored activities.

 

To become a pupil transportation vehicle driver, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Hold a valid CDL or Class O (whichever is appropriate for the class of bus permit)
  • Complete Level I or Level II instructional training or proof of waiver for the Level I or II Instruction Course.
  • Have a current DOT physical (dated within the last 90 days)

A school bus permit is not required when operating a small vehicle (i.e. car, van) used for activity purposes. 

Contact the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles for more information to obtain a Nebraska School Bus Permit or a Commercial Driver's License (CDL).

Click here for more information about driver training.

Types of Permits Required
for Nebraska Pupil Transportation Vehicles

Permit
Type of Vehicle
Passenger Capacity
Type of Activity
A
Small Vehicle
Up to 10 passengers
B
School Bus
Up to 14 passengers
C
School Bus
Up to 14 passengers
Activity travel only
D
School Bus
15 or more passengers
E
School Bus
15 or more passengers
Activity travel only

Program Contacts

  • Janice Eret: (402) 471-2248 or janice.eret@nebraska.gov
  • Bryce Wilson: (402) 471-3323 or bryce.wilson@nebraska.gov

Updated on 03/27/2014