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Schoolbus Endorsement

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This endorsement allows a person to operate a school bus or a bus transporting school children. Anyone who drives a school bus to and from a public school must have a school bus endorsement to do so. Those who drive a bus designed to transport 16 or more passengers including the driver are required to have a CDL with a passenger endorsement "P" and a School Bus "S" endorsement.

Important Note: An applicant who drives a bus designed to transport less than 16 passengers including the driver is not required to obtain a CDL.

School bus (S) – Required for drivers of vehicles transporting preprimary, primary or secondary school students from home to school, from school to home, or to and from school- sponsored events. Both written and skills tests are required to obtain this endorsement.

ALT Commercial Driver Manual



  • Vision test
  • General Knowledge or valid CDL Permit or CDL.
  • Passenger knowledge test or valid CDL with passenger endorsement.
  • School bus knowledge (written) test.
  • Performance (road skills) test in a school bus.
  • Air Brakes knowledge test or valid CDL without air brakes restriction “L”.  If the road test vehicle does not have air brakes, the test is not required, and the license must be restricted. See C-001 for more information on this restriction.

NOTE: The road test vehicle must be representative of the vehicle the applicant intends to drive. If the road test vehicle does not have air brakes and the CDL has the “L” restriction, it will remain restricted to vehicles without air brakes.  If an applicant’s CDL is not restricted and the road test bus does not have air brakes, the CDL does not need to be restricted.

Renewal:  Expired less than 5 years:    

  • Vision test
  • Expired over 1 year - Knowledge test if
  • Expired over 5 years - Same as original


  • Vision test.


Original or Transfer:          

  • Valid Alaska CDL or Valid Out-of-State CDL with S endorsement.
  • Application For Commercial Driver License (CDL) (Form 415)
  • Commercial Driver Medical & Self Certifying Verification (Form 413)
  • School bus application endorsement (Form 412)
  • DOT Medical Card issued under 49 C.F.R. (2 AAC 90.015) Return original to customer.  (Valid up to two years from date of issue.)
  • Fingerprint card
  • $51.50 check - Payable to "State of Alaska".  (Do not reject if payable to “Department of Public Safety”.)
  • Original certificate for completion of school bus training.


  1. Must be at least 21 years of age.
  2. Must have at least three years of driving experience.
  3. Must possess a valid Alaska Class A/CDL, B/CDL, or C/CDL with a Passenger “P” endorsement and “S” Endorsement.
  4. An applicant is not eligible for an original school bus license if they have been:
    1. convicted of driving while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage, inhalant, or controlled substance (DUI) under AS 28.35.030 within two years of the time of application or to an applicant who has had two or more DUI convictions within 10 years of the time of application [AS 28.15.046 (d)].  Be sure these license actions do not appear on the applicant’s driving record before issuing a license with the school bus endorsement.
    2. convicted of certain offenses within the last 20 years.  These offenses will be verified by Juneau Driver Licensing (JDL).
  5. Must meet the following medical requirements (Original or Renewal):
    1. An original Application for School Bus License (Form 412).
    2. DOT Medical Card issued under 49 C.F.R. 391.41.  (2 AAC 90.015) The card must be current at the time of application. It is the responsibility of the driver to keep this up to date. Keep a copy and return the original to the customer. The card is valid up to two years from date of issue.
    3. The medical exam requirement can be satisfied if the applicant is the holder of a current and valid 1st or 2nd Class medical certificate issued under Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations. A certified copy of the FAA medical certificate must be submitted.

NOTE:  There is currently nothing to prevent a person with a hearing aid from obtaining a School Bus License.

  1. Original Only:  The applicant must provide proof they have completed a Department of Education (DOE) approved training course. The proof required will be an original training certificate issued by the Department of Education.


Application for Commercial License or Permit (Form 415)
Commercial Driver Medical & Self Certifying Verification (Form 413)

School Bus Physical Form (Form 412)
DOT Medical Report Forms


Under Federal law a medical card it is not required, it is a requirement of the State of Alaska. (2 AAC 90.015)

Please see the following for information on CDL Medical Cards.

FMCSA New Medical Certification Requirements
A Guide for Commercial Drivers License (CDL) Holders
General Information and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Medical Report:  DOT FORMS

Vision requirements for a CDL are 20/40 or better corrected in both eyes & must met color vision standards of 49 CFR Part 391 Subpart E  If you do not meet the requirements, you may be eligible for a waiver for INTRASTATE, ONLY. See your eye doctor for a current vision test. If you cannot meet the vision requirements, you will need the results from your eye doctor before you can apply for a waiver. These are issued by the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division of the Department of Transportation (DOT). Vision Waiver Application. 
Federal Regulation is CFR 49 391.41 (10)

Federal Website (FMCSA)

REV.  02/27/2013