Apply for a motor bus driver certificate

Do you wish to drive a bus within Massachusetts? The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) issues motor bus certificates for drivers within Massachusetts. Here, you can learn how to apply for a motor bus driver certificate.

Department of Public Utilities Transportation Oversight Division

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What you need for Apply for a motor bus driver certificate

Before submitting your motor bus driver certificate application, you must have completed a commercial drivers license (CDL) road test, unless you are applying for a certificate restricted to 14 passengers or fewer.  All other certificate types require a completed CDL road test.

If you have already completed a road test administered by the DPU, you do not need to road test again.

When you're ready to apply, please submit:

  1. A completed motor bus driver certificate application form
  2. A DOT medical examination REPORT (NOT a certificate) that is no older than 90 days
    • Only required if applying for certificates restricted to 14 passengers or fewer
  3. A Massachusetts drivers license that has been valid for 3 consecutive years.
    • If you don't have this, we will need a driving record from your previous state/country. 

Looking to apply for a school bus certificate?  The RMV now process these applications.  Looking to renew your school bus certificate?  The RMV now processes these applications too.

Fees for Apply for a motor bus driver certificate

The Department now accepts online payments through nCourt or by mail.

  • $40 for a Motor Bus Driver Certificate
  • $60 for a Motor Bus Driver Certificate restricted to 14 passengers
    • This includes a Department road test
  • $20 for a Motor Bus Driver Certificate if the driver is 70 years of age or older
  • $20 to renew a Motor Bus Driver Certificate if the driver is 70 years of age or older
  • $20 for a duplicate Motor Bus Driver Certificate

How to apply Apply for a motor bus driver certificate

You can fill and submit your application and pay fees through nCourt.  Forms can be found in the Downloads section below.

To submit an online motor bus driver certificate application, you will need to fill out the form using Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat, include what attachments you have available, and submit the form using the red button at the bottom of the form.  You will also need to pay required fees through nCourt or by check or money order mailed to the Department.  Please note that paying fees by mail will delay processing.

You can fill out the motor bus certificate application form and submit it to the Department along with a check or money order payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  Forms can be found in the Downloads section below.

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Be sure to save and open Division forms using Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat.  Opening forms directly in your browser disables form features like adding attachments, digital signatures, and submitting by email.

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Contact for Apply for a motor bus driver certificate

Address
Department of Public Utilities Transportation Oversight Division
One South Station, 5th floor, Boston, MA 02110
Fax
(617) 478-2598

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