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Updated: 1/31/2014
Description: Allows an individual to operate a school bus. No person shall transport pupils in a school bus or a vehicle with a capacity of more than 20 passengers not subject to regulations of the Oregon Public Utilities Commission or Federal Department of Transportation, unless such person has completed all requirements for a school bus driver's permit or certificate and meets the standards established by the Department for issuance of permits or certificates. No person shall transport pupils in a school bus of any size and type without first receiving documented instruction in its safe operation.
Statutes, Rules, Ordinances: OAR  581-053-0006
http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/bills_laws/lawsstatutes/2013ors820.html
Duration: 1-2 years depending on age and physical condition
Fees - application, exam, etc.:  None
Responsible Agency: Education Department
Bonding Requirements: None
Insurance Requirements: None
Prerequisites: The Oregon Department of Education shall issue an original school bus driver's certificate to qualified individuals who meet the following requirements:
(a) Has filed with the Oregon Department of Education an application or school bus permit conversion card provided by the Department, signed by an official designated by the local employer certifying that the driver:
    (A) Has completed the Core Course for school bus drivers within the last four years;
    (B) Possesses a valid first aid card which verifies that the applicant has completed at least the Red Cross Multimedia course requirements or an equivalent course approved by the American Red Cross, the Federal Mine Safety and Health Administration, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or the Oregon Accident Prevention Division of the Workers' Compensation Department. A valid first aid card shall be maintained at all times;
    (C) Has demonstrated the knowledge and ability to perform the duties of a school bus driver;
    (D) To the best of the local employer's knowledge, has not been convicted of any driving or criminal offense listed in OAR 581-053-0006(8) which could prevent certification; and
    (E) Has a training record on file with the local employer meeting the requirements of the certificate being requested.
(b) Possesses a valid permit; or:
    (A) Possesses a valid Class A, B, or C Commercial Drivers License with passenger endorsement. The Oregon Department of Education may approve an out of state operator's license if it is consistent in provisions with the required Oregon license;
    (B) Has passed an approved physical examination within six months prior to application;
    (C) Has passed a behind-the-wheel test as prescribed by the Oregon Department of Education within one year of application. The certificate shall not be valid for operating a vehicle of a higher-class size than that authorized by the driver's Commercial Drivers License;
    (D) Has passed a check of driving and criminal records by the Oregon Department of Education;
    (E) Has completed a minimum of ten hours of approved behind-the-wheel training within one year of application by a trainer certified by the Oregon Department of Education. Hours of behind-the-wheel training shall be those hours spent by the trainee with a certified trainer or an assistant approved by the Oregon Department of Education in actual operation of the vehicle or vehicles the applicant will be expected to drive.
    (F) Reads and speaks the English language sufficiently to converse with the general public; understands highway signs and signals in the English language; is able to respond to official inquiries and make entries on reports and records.
(c) Exemption: If an applicant has regularly driven a bus of a size and type similar to that which the driver will be expected to drive, for a period of at least six months within the past three years, the applicant shall be required to complete four hours of approved behind-the-wheel training. The employer must have written acknowledgment from the applicant's previous employer verifying bus-driving experience if this exception is to be exercised.
Application Form: School Bus Driver's Certificate, Form 581-2278
Service Links:  Requirements for a Permit, Original, or Renewal of a School Bus Driver's Certificate
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Required Documentation: Proof of attainment of prerequisites.
Additional Information: License specific contact information

  Agency Information
Please refer to the Agency Website for further details and additional information.
Agency Name: Education Department
E-mail Address: ode.frontdesk@ode.state.or.us
Phone: 503-947-5600
Mail Address: Oregon Department of Education
255 Capitol Street NE
Salem, OR 97310 - 0203
Website Information: http://www.ode.state.or.us/

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