Transportation Department

How To Become A Buss Driver
  • Must be 21 years of age or older
  • Must obtain a Class B Commercial Driver’s License with a Passenger and School Bus Endorsement
  • Must have a clean driving record with no DUI
  • Cannot be Insulin dependant
To Obtain A Class B Commercial Driver’s License
  • Pass 4 tests given at the license office (Study manuals are available at your local license office) 1)
    1. General Knowledge
    2.  Passenger
    3. Air Brakes
    4. School Bus

(AS OF NOVEMBER 2014 - COST FOR THE CDL TEST WILL BE $25)

After Passing The CDLTest:
  • You will be given a Third Party Form and/or a Learner’s Permit
    (AS OF NOVEMBER 2014 - COST FOR THE LEARNER’S PERMIT WILL BE $23.50)
  • Call 682-7130 and register for the New Bus Driver Certification Class
  • Attend a 4 hour training class from Shelby Co Schools
    (For class dates and times click here)
  • Attend a 12 hour State Department of Education New Bus Driver Certification Class
    (For class dates and times click here)
  • Score at least 80% on written test given at end of 12 hour instruction class
  • Pass a three part performance test
    1. Pre-Trip Inspection
    2. Basic Control Skills Tests (backing)
    3. Driving Skills Test
      (Practice days will be available for two weeks prior to the New Bus Driver Certification Class)
How To Apply To Be A Bus Driver Or A Substitute Bus Driver
  • Complete a classified application online at www.alsde.edu
  • Obtain a background check at www.cogentid.com/alabama  or by phone at (866)989-9316 (AS OF NOVEMBER 2014 - COST FOR BACKGROUND CHECK WILL BE $51.40)
  • Required Documentation
    1. A Class B CDL with Passenger and School Bus Endorsement
    2. Copy of high school diploma, college diploma, or GED
    3. Copy of Social Security Card
    4. Alabama School Bus Driver Physical Examination Report (click here for form) (AS OF NOVEMBER 2014 - COST FOR PHYSICAL WILL BE $50 - $100)
    5. Complete the Physical Performance test administered at the Shelby County Board of Education Transportation Department
How To Keep An Alabama School Bus Driver Certificate

In order to maintain their school bus driver certification, school bus drivers are required to participate in a 4-hour recertification class. These classes are scheduled in all school systems and are taught between January 1 and October 31 annually. All bus driver certificates expire annually on December 31. Drivers who have attended a recertification class are issued an Alabama School Bus Driver Certificate for the next calendar year. (For information on driver classes click here.)

Drivers who fail to attend the required re-certification class must return to a new driver class and be performance tested before a new certificate can be re-issued. No driver may drive an Alabama school bus unless they hold a current Alabama School Bus Driver Certificate.

Who To Contact

Anyone wishing to drive a school bus in Shelby County should contact the Transportation Department at 205-682-7130.

Candidates wishing to drive a school bus for the Shelby County School System on either a full-time, part-time, or substitute basis will need the following:

  1. A Class B CDL with a Passenger “P” and School Bus “S” Endorsements
  2. An application on file with the Shelby County Board of Education
  3. A background check (www.cogentid.com/al/AL_PDF/AL_Registration_Proced.pdf)
  4. A copy of you high school diploma (or a GED)
  5. A copy of your Social Security Card
  6. A pre-employment drug screening (which, we will schedule for you)
  7. An Alabama School Bus Driver Certificate (obtained through attending a School Bus Certification class)
  8. A DOT physical
  9. Complete the Physical Performance Test administered at the SCBOE Transportation Department
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