This endorsement is required for driving a school bus. To receive this endorsement, applicants must pass a test. The test consists of 20 multiple choice questions. To pass, the applicant must answer at least 16 questions correctly. Each question has three or four possible answer choices. Test questions come from the State of Delaware Commercial Driver License Manual. Questions come from chapters covering School Buses, Pre-Trip Vehicle Inspection Test, Basic Vehicle Control Skills Test and On-Road Driving. The School Bus endorsement can be used with the Class A, B or C CDL.
1. When students board a bus, they should:
Students should not occupy the back row of a school bus unless the bus is full. The closer to the front of a bus that students are seated, the safer they will be in the event of a rear-end collision. Students with special needs should sit near the driver.
2. When driving through a curve during the skills test, you should:
When approaching a curve during the on-road driving skills test, you must reduce your speed sufficiently before entering the curve so that you do not need to further brake or shift in the curve. Keep the vehicle in its lane and continue to check for traffic in all directions.
3. When taking the basic vehicle control skills test:
During the basic vehicle control skills test, there is no penalty for an initial pull-up; however, an excessive number of pull-ups will count as errors.
4. When completing a driver's side parallel parking maneuver, you should:
You may be asked to complete a parallel parking maneuver into a parking space that is to the left of your vehicle. You should drive past the parking space before backing into it while bringing the rear of your vehicle as close to the rear of the space as possible. Your vehicle should be completely within the boundaries of the space.
5. During a basic vehicle control skills test, you may be asked to:
Maneuvers that may be included in the basic vehicle control skills test include straight line backing, offset back/right parking, offset back/left parking, driver side parallel parking, conventional parallel parking, and alley docking.
6. Properly adjusted flat mirrors on a school bus should allow the driver to see ____ behind the bus.
Proper mirror adjustment is vital to the safe operation of a school bus. A bus's flat mirrors should be adjusted so the driver is able to see 200 feet, or four bus lengths, behind the bus.
7. During exercises that are not the straight line backing exercise, you may exit your vehicle to check its position no more than:
A driver is allowed to exit their vehicle to check its position during any basic control skills test exercise. This action is called a "look." During the straight line backing exercise, a driver may not exceed one look. During any other exercise, a driver may not exceed two looks.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Obtain a Delaware CDL learner's permit. To get a learner's permit, you must pass a written knowledge test and a vision test.
2. Obtain a CDL Bus manual from the Delaware DMV or download it from their website.
3. Study the CDL Bus manual thoroughly, paying special attention to the section on passenger transport safety.
4. Schedule an appointment to take the CDL Bus endorsement knowledge test at a Delaware DMV office.
5. Bring your CDL learner's permit, your Social Security card, and proof of residency to the DMV office on the day of your appointment.
6. Pass the CDL Bus endorsement knowledge test with a score of at least 80%.
7. Schedule an appointment for the CDL skills test with an approved third-party testing organization (TPA).
8. Bring your own vehicle that meets Delaware's requirements for passenger transport to the TPA on the day of your appointment.
9. Pass the CDL skills test, which will include a pre-trip inspection, basic vehicle control, and on-road driving.
10. Pay the required fees and obtain your CDL Bus endorsement from the Delaware DMV.
Congratulations! You are now certified to operate a bus or other passenger-carrying vehicle in Delaware with your CDL Bus endorsement.
1. Age: You must be at least 18 years old to operate a bus within the state of Delaware and 21 years old to operate a bus outside of Delaware.
2. Driver's License: You must have a valid Delaware driver's license.
3. Medical Certification: You must obtain a valid medical certification from a certified medical examiner listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.
4. CDL Learner's Permit: You must obtain a CDL learner's permit by passing a written knowledge test and vision test.
5. CDL Skills Test: After obtaining your CDL learner's permit, you must pass a skills test that includes a pre-trip inspection, basic vehicle control, and on-road driving.
6. Background Check: You must pass a background check that includes your driving history and criminal record.
7. Citizenship or Legal Presence: You must be a U.S. citizen or have legal presence in the United States.
8. Residency: You must be a resident of Delaware or have proof of residency in Delaware.
9. Fees: You must pay the required fees for obtaining your CDL Bus license.
Keep in mind that these requirements may vary slightly depending on your specific situation, so it is always best to check with the Delaware DMV for the most up-to-date information.
1. Commercial Driver Training: You must complete a commercial driver training program that is approved by the Delaware Department of Education and the Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles. This program should include classroom instruction, behind-the-wheel training, and experience in driving a bus or other passenger-carrying vehicle.
2. Bus Driving Experience: You must have at least two years of experience driving a bus or other passenger-carrying vehicle before you can obtain a CDL Bus endorsement.
3. Passenger Transport Safety: You must have knowledge of passenger transport safety and pass the CDL Bus endorsement knowledge test.
4. Skills Test: You must pass the CDL skills test, which includes a pre-trip inspection, basic vehicle control, and on-road driving with a passenger-carrying vehicle.
It is important to note that these requirements may vary depending on your specific situation, so it is always best to check with the Delaware DMV for the most up-to-date information.
1. Class B CDL with Passenger Endorsement: This license allows you to operate a single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 pounds or more, or a combination of vehicles with a GCWR of 26,001 pounds or more, and transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver).
2. Class A CDL with Passenger Endorsement: This license allows you to operate a combination of vehicles with a GCWR of 26,001 pounds or more and transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver).
3. School Bus Endorsement: This endorsement is required to operate a school bus that is designed to transport 11 passengers or more (including the driver) and is owned or leased by a school district or private school.
It is important to note that each class or type of CDL Bus license has different requirements and restrictions, so it is always best to check with the Delaware DMV for the most up-to-date information.
You must provide a vehicle that meets the specifications for the type of CDL Bus license you are applying for. This vehicle must be in good condition and meet all safety requirements.
For the skills test, you must provide a bus with a seating capacity of at least 16 passengers (including the driver) and have air brakes, unless you are exempted from air brake testing. The bus must also have a valid registration and insurance.
It is recommended that you practice driving a similar vehicle to the one you will use for the test before taking the skills test. This will help you become more familiar with the handling and operation of the vehicle and increase your chances of passing the test.
The skills test is composed of three parts: pre-trip inspection, basic vehicle control, and on-road driving. The pre-trip inspection is conducted before the vehicle is driven and includes a thorough inspection of the bus, checking for any safety hazards or defects.
The basic vehicle control test includes maneuvers such as straight-line backing, offset backing to the left or right, and parallel parking. You will be required to demonstrate your ability to control the vehicle in tight spaces and maneuver it accurately.
The on-road driving test includes driving on public roads and demonstrating your ability to safely operate the bus in various traffic situations such as intersections, lane changes, turns, and stops. You will also be required to demonstrate your ability to use proper lane positioning, anticipate potential hazards, and respond appropriately to traffic signals and signs.
During the test, you will be evaluated on your ability to perform these maneuvers safely and effectively. It's important to practice these skills beforehand and become comfortable with handling a large vehicle in different situations.
To qualify for a CDL, you must pass a medical examination performed by a licensed medical examiner. The medical examination includes a general physical exam, vision test, and hearing test. The examiner will also review your medical history and any medications you are taking to determine if they may affect your ability to drive safely.
In addition to the medical exam, there are also physical requirements for operating a bus. You must have good vision (at least 20/40 in each eye, with or without corrective lenses) and good hearing (able to perceive what is being said in normal conversation). You must also have normal use of your arms, hands, legs, and feet, and be able to perform certain physical tasks such as climbing in and out of the vehicle and operating the controls.
It's important to note that if you have certain medical conditions or disabilities that may affect your ability to drive safely, you may need to obtain a waiver from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) before obtaining your CDL Bus endorsement.
A CDL Bus endorsement is required to operate any vehicle designed to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) or any vehicle that requires a hazardous materials placard. This means that if you want to transport passengers in a bus or other large passenger vehicle, you must obtain a CDL Bus endorsement.
Driving without the appropriate CDL endorsement is a violation of federal and state law and can result in serious penalties, including fines, license suspension or revocation, and even criminal charges in some cases. More importantly, it can also put the safety of your passengers at risk.
It's important to obtain the necessary endorsements and follow all relevant rules and regulations to ensure the safety of yourself, your passengers, and other drivers on the road.
To add a CDL Bus endorsement to your license, you will need to pass the appropriate knowledge and skills tests. The knowledge test covers topics such as passenger safety, loading and unloading procedures, and emergency procedures. The skills test involves driving a vehicle designed to transport passengers, and demonstrating your ability to perform various maneuvers such as turning, stopping, and backing up.
To schedule your tests, you will need to contact a third-party tester or the Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV). You will need to provide proof of identity, residency, and citizenship or lawful presence in the United States. You will also need to provide proof of your current CDL license and medical certification.
Once you have passed the knowledge and skills tests and met all other requirements, the DMV will add the CDL Bus endorsement to your existing CDL license. There is usually a fee for adding an endorsement to your license, which varies depending on the state and the specific endorsement.
Some of the restrictions and limitations for CDL Bus drivers in Delaware include:
1. Passenger limit: Drivers with a CDL Bus endorsement are limited to a maximum of 16 passengers (including the driver) when operating a vehicle designed to transport passengers.
2. Hours of service: CDL Bus drivers are subject to federal hours-of-service regulations that limit the number of hours they can drive and require them to take breaks and rest periods.
3. Medical certification: CDL Bus drivers must undergo regular medical examinations to ensure that they are physically fit to operate a commercial vehicle.
4. Drug and alcohol testing: CDL Bus drivers are subject to random drug and alcohol testing as well as pre-employment and post-accident testing.
5. Endorsement-specific requirements: Depending on the specific type of CDL Bus endorsement you hold, there may be additional requirements or restrictions that you must follow, such as specialized training or equipment.
It's important for CDL Bus drivers to be aware of these restrictions and limitations and to follow all applicable rules and regulations. Violations can result in fines, suspension or revocation of your CDL license, and even criminal charges in some cases. More importantly, following these rules can help ensure the safety of your passengers and other drivers on the road.