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Apply for a school bus driver certificate

Customers interested in becoming a school bus driver must obtain the required certifications. This page explains the process for obtaining a school bus driver certificate.
School bus driver certificates are valid for one year. However, if an applicant is over the age of 70, or is an insulin-dependent diabetic, or has not had a hypoglycemic episode or spell within the past 3 years, a 6-month certificate will be issued.

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What you need for Apply for a school bus driver certificate

All applicants for a School Bus Certificate must submit an application online.

Resident Applicant:

  • Application must be filled out completely.
  • Application must be signed by the applicant and a current email address must be provided for future RMV correspondence.
  • The transportation company that you are employed by, or expect to be employed by, must complete section B – Applicant Information

Training requirements:

  • All pre-service training must be completed before submitting the application.
  • A current active CDL holder must complete a total of 40 hours consisting of both behind the wheel training and classroom training to be determined by the certified School Bus Instructor..
  • Non-CDL holders must complete 60 hours of instruction (28 in classroom, 32 behind the wheel).

CORI Form:

  • CORI must be filled out completely and notarized.
  • CORI must accompany the application.

Medical Requirements:

  • Applicant’s medical exam must be conducted and dated within the preceding 90 days of application submission. 

Current Out-of-State Applicant:

  • Certified Out-of-State Driving Record effective within the preceding 90 days of application submission. Screen prints are not accepted.
  • Certified Out-of-State Criminal Record Report effective within the preceding 90 days of application submission.

Fees for Apply for a school bus driver certificate

Name Fee Unit
School Bus Certificate Fee (annual) $15 each
School Bus Certificate Fee (6 month) $7.50 each

How to apply Apply for a school bus driver certificate

The quickest and easiest way to apply for a school bus certificate is to complete your application online.

Follow the instructions here.

The RMV will contact you if we need any additional information.

Next steps for Apply for a school bus driver certificate

The RMV sends a renewal reminder notice approximately 60 days before your certificate expires.

More info for Apply for a school bus driver certificate

For questions, email RMVSchoolBus@state.ma.us or call Vehicle Safety and Compliance Services at 857-368-7310.

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