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Steps for New Bus Drivers





1)    Complete an application form and have approval of the Superintendent.


2)    Complete an 8-hour bus driver initial class offered through a Regional Office  of Education. 

          https://www.roe1.net/services/bus-driver-training   for classes in our region

       https://www.isbe.net/Pages/SBDTraining.aspx  for statewide listing

3)    Complete a 4-hour EDLT course.  

        Drivers must have completed the required Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) from a training provider

        registered with FMCSA before being scheduled for a skills test.


4)    Complete physical/drug test at MOHA

        MOHA (217 479-9071) is located at 1000 West Morton Avenue, Jacksonville (in Spfld Clinic Urgent Care),

        and appointments are required.  Physical forms are available from the Transportation Supervisor or Board Office, and must be taken with you.

5)    Complete fingerprinting at SOS approved vendor

        Pathway (217-479-2300) is located at 1905 W. Morton Avenue in Jacksonville. 

        Forms obtained from the Board Office must be submitted in advance.  Cost is $60.

6)     Letter of Intent

        Applicants may be required to present a letter of intent, signed by Superintendent, at the Drivers License Facility.

7)    SOS Application

Applicants will be required to have a completed School Bus Driver Application, with an original signature of Superintendent on the Certification in order to begin the testing process at the SOS facilities. These forms are available for download at: http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/dsd_sb2.pdf

The written Passenger Endorsement Test and School Bus Test can be taken at any Drivers License facility.  Once these are completed, you may begin the behind the wheel training with our Transportation Supervisor.  The final step is the driving test, which is taken in Quincy or Springfield. 


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