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School Bus Endorsement

Anyone who drives a school bus to and from a public school must have a school bus endorsement to do so. This endorsement allows you to drive a school bus or a bus transporting children from home to school, from school to home, or to and from school-sponsored events.

To drive a bus designed to transport 16 or more passengers including the driver you must have a CDL with a passenger endorsement "P" and a School Bus "S" endorsement. You can drive a bus designed to transport less than 16 passengers including the driver without obtaining a CDL.


  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Must have at least three years of driving experience
  • Not eligible for a school bus license, if you have been:

Please note: A background check will be conducted by the Alaska Department of Public Safety and a national criminal history background check will be conducted by the FBI

How do I get the school bus endorsement for my CDL?

When you are getting your first commercial driver's license or transfering a commercial driver's license, please plan for the following:

Tests Required

  • Vision test
  • General Knowledge (or valid CDL Permit or CDL)
  • Passenger knowledge test (or valid CDL with passenger endorsement)
  • School bus knowledge (written) test
  • Performance (road skills) test
  • Air Brakes knowledge test (or valid CDL without air brakes restriction “L”).

Please Note: The road test vehicle must be representative of the vehicle you will drive. If the road test vehicle does not have air brakes, you will remain restricted to vehicles without air brakes.

How do I renew my school bus endorsement?

Please follow the regular license renewal process; however, you must also provide the following:

  • New Medical Card
  • New Fingerprint card
  • $47.00 check - Payable to "State of Alaska"
  • Retake vision test
  • If expired over 1 year - retake the Knowledge test
  • If expired over 2 years - complete new DOE certificate of school bus training
  • If expired over 5 years - All requirements of a new endorsement