School Bus Driver Qualifications

Below are the qualifications needed to become a school bus driver for West Babylon Schools.


Before Being Employed

  • CDL Class A or B license with a P (passenger) & S (school bus) endorsement
  • Must be 21 years of age to drive a school bus
  • Driving Abstract checked for tickets and accidents
  • Three personal references
  • Interview with Transportation Supervisor and Head Bus Driver
  • Road test with Transportation Supervisor or Head Bus Driver
  • Interview with Executive Director for Human Resources
  • Interview with Superintendent of Schools
  • Approval by the Board of Education
  • Superintendent’s Approval in writing
  • Fingerprinting (criminal history background check processed through NYS Division of Criminal Justice Service and Federal Bureau of Investigation)
  • 19A or D.O.T physical (Pre Employment)
  • Physical Performance Test
  • Drug Test (Pre Employment)
  • SED-3 Hour pre-service completed before transporting students


Within First Year Driving

Must complete 30 hour basic course or have complete a basic course


Every Year

  • Minimum of 2 two-hour refresher training sessions (given by a School Bus Driver Instructor)
  • 19A or D.O.T medical physical
  • Annual Defensive Driving Performance review (by a 19A Inspector)
  • Must perform the first bus safety drills on each route within the first seven daysof start of school
  • Annual review and personal interview of driving record
  • Superintendent’s approval in writing
  • Subject to random drug and alcohol testing


Every Two Years

  • Behind the Wheel Road Test (given by a 19A Inspector)
  • Written or Oral Test (given by a 19A Inspector)
  • Physical Performance Test (given by a School Bus Driver Instructor)