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. Test questions come from the Illinois Commercial Driver’s License Study Guide. Questions come from chapters covering: Passengers, 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 stopping to pick up students, a bus driver should:
When stopping to pick up students, a school bus should be put in park. If the transmission does not have a park shift point, the vehicle should instead be placed in neutral.
2. The loading of a school bus:
More students are killed each year during loading or unloading of school buses than while riding on school buses. Therefore, it is critical that school bus drivers follow appropriate safety procedures during loading and unloading.
3. When conducting a vehicle inspection, you must show each of the following, except:
When checking the oil pressure gauge as part of a vehicle inspection test, you must ensure that it is working. The gauge should show increasing or normal oil pressure, or the oil pressure warning light should turn off. If equipped with one, the oil temperature gauge should begin a gradual rise to the normal operating range.
4. What happens if a driver exceeds the number of permitted looks during any particular exercise?
During the basic vehicle control skills test exercises, a driver may leave their seated position and check the positioning of their vehicle. Using such a look more than two times during any exercise (except the straight line backing exercise) will result in an automatic failure of the skills test. Using such a look more than once during the straight line backing exercise will result in automatic failure.
5. If asked to sight-side back your vehicle into an alley, you should first:
If you are asked to alley dock, you should first pull past the alley and stop your vehicle in a position that is parallel to the outer boundary. From there, you should back your vehicle entirely into the alley parking area. Your vehicle should be parked in a straight position within the boundaries of the parking space.
6. What should properly adjusted outside side flat mirrors on a school bus allow the driver to see?
When properly adjusted, the outside side flat mirrors on a school bus should allow the driver to see along the sides of the bus; the rear tires touching the ground; and 200 feet 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 Commercial Driver's License (CDL) by passing the CDL knowledge and skills tests.
2. Meet the eligibility requirements for a Bus endorsement, which include being at least 18 years old, having a valid Illinois driver's license, and passing a medical examination to ensure that you meet the physical requirements for driving a bus.
3. Study the Illinois CDL Study Guide and practice for the Bus endorsement knowledge test.
4. Schedule an appointment with a Secretary of State (SOS) facility to take the Bus endorsement knowledge test. You will need to bring your current CDL, proof of insurance, and payment for the testing fee.
5. Pass the Bus endorsement knowledge test with a score of at least 80%.
6. Schedule an appointment with a SOS facility to take the Bus endorsement skills test. You will need to bring your own bus for the skills test or arrange for one to be provided by a third-party testing company.
7. Pass the Bus endorsement skills test, which will include pre-trip inspections, basic vehicle control, and on-road driving.
8. Pay any applicable fees and receive your CDL with Bus endorsement from the SOS facility.
Note: It is important to keep in mind that additional requirements may apply depending on the type of bus you intend to drive, such as passenger capacity or air brake certification. It is recommended that you check with your employer or the Illinois Secretary of State's office for specific requirements before pursuing a Bus endorsement.
1. Age: You must be at least 18 years old to drive within the state of Illinois, or 21 years old to drive interstate.
2. Driver's License: You must have a valid Illinois Class D or equivalent driver's license.
3. Medical Examination: You must pass a medical examination and obtain a Medical Examiner's Certificate to demonstrate that you meet the physical requirements for operating a commercial vehicle.
4. Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP): Before getting a CDL Bus license, you must first obtain a CLP by passing the written knowledge exams for the vehicle type(s) you wish to operate.
5. CDL Skills Test: You must pass the CDL skills test, which includes pre-trip vehicle inspections, basic vehicle controls, and on-road driving.
6. Background Check: You must pass a background check for criminal history and driving record.
7. Endorsements: Depending on the type of bus you intend to drive, additional endorsements may be required, such as Passenger (P) endorsement for vehicles designed to carry 16 or more passengers (including the driver).
Note that specific requirements may vary depending on your individual situation and the type of bus you intend to drive. It is recommended that you check with your employer or the Illinois Secretary of State's office for specific requirements.
1. Class B CDL with Passenger (P) Endorsement: This license allows you to drive a single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing a trailer with a GVWR of less than 10,000 pounds. Additionally, it allows you to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) in any type of bus.
2. Class A CDL with Passenger (P) Endorsement: This license allows you to drive a combination of vehicles with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, provided that the vehicle being towed has a GVWR of more than 10,000 pounds. Additionally, it allows you to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) in any type of bus.
3. School Bus Permit: This permit is required for drivers who operate school buses and transport students. Drivers must hold a valid CDL with a School Bus (S) endorsement and Passenger (P) endorsement.
It is important to note that specific requirements may vary depending on the type of bus you intend to drive and the endorsements required for that type of vehicle.
If you are unable to provide your own bus for the test, you may be able to rent or borrow a bus from a CDL training program or other source. It is important to make arrangements for your testing vehicle well in advance of your scheduled test date.
1. Pre-trip inspection: You will need to demonstrate your knowledge of the bus and its components by performing a pre-trip inspection to ensure that the bus is in safe working condition.
2. Basic vehicle control: You will need to demonstrate your ability to control the bus in various situations, such as backing up, turning, and shifting gears.
3. On-road driving: You will need to demonstrate your ability to safely operate the bus on public roads, including obeying traffic laws, making lane changes, merging onto highways, and driving in different traffic conditions.
4. Passenger management: If you are testing for a passenger endorsement, you will need to demonstrate your ability to safely handle passengers, including loading and unloading passengers, using appropriate signals and procedures, and maintaining control of the bus in emergency situations.
It is important to practice these skills and maneuvers before your CDL Bus driving test to ensure that you are prepared and confident on test day.
1. Vision: You must have at least 20/40 vision in each eye with or without corrective lenses, and you must have a 70-degree field of vision in each eye.
2. Hearing: You must be able to hear a forced whisper at a distance of at least five feet, or be able to hear a hearing aid.
3. Blood pressure: Your blood pressure must be 140/90 or lower. If your blood pressure is between 140/90 and 159/99, you may qualify for a one-time certification for up to three months if you meet certain requirements.
4. Diabetes: If you have insulin-treated diabetes, you must meet certain requirements for blood sugar control and monitoring.
5. Other medical conditions: If you have certain medical conditions, such as sleep apnea, you may need to provide additional documentation or undergo further testing to qualify for a CDL Bus endorsement.
In addition to meeting the federal medical standards, you will also need to pass a physical exam conducted by a certified medical examiner. The physical exam will evaluate your overall health and ability to safely operate a commercial vehicle.
If you are caught operating a commercial vehicle designed to transport passengers without a CDL Bus endorsement, you can face fines and penalties, including potential suspension or revocation of your driver's license. It is important to ensure that you have the proper endorsement before operating a commercial vehicle designed to transport passengers.
You can take the written test at any Secretary of State Driver Services facility in Illinois. Before taking the test, you should study the Illinois Commercial Driver's License Study Guide, which covers all of the topics you will be tested on, including passenger transport safety, loading and unloading passengers, and other important information.
Once you have passed the written test and met all other requirements, you will need to pay a fee to add the CDL Bus endorsement to your license. You will receive a new license with the endorsement added.
It is important to note that if you have any restrictions on your existing CDL license, such as a restriction for an automatic transmission or air brakes, you will need to remove those restrictions before adding the CDL Bus endorsement.
1. Passenger limit: Drivers with a CDL Bus endorsement are limited to transporting 16 or more passengers, including the driver.
2. Endorsement type: The CDL Bus endorsement covers all types of buses, including school buses, but does not cover other types of commercial motor vehicles, such as tractor-trailers.
3. Medical certification: Drivers with a CDL Bus endorsement must maintain a valid medical certification and comply with all other medical and physical requirements.
4. Background checks: Drivers with a CDL Bus endorsement must pass a background check before they can transport passengers.
5. Endorsement renewal: The CDL Bus endorsement must be renewed every four years.
It is important for drivers with a CDL Bus endorsement to be aware of these restrictions and limitations and to comply with all state and federal regulations related to commercial driving and passenger transport.