How To Become a Driver/Aide

  • Initial Qualification

    An applicant shall satisfactorily complete the school bus driver classroom training. The school bus driver classroom training shall remain valid toward initial qualification for a period of one year. Additional requirements shall include:

    • Pre-employment drug test;
    • Child protection registry check; 
    • Criminal background affidavit;
    • State Bureau of Investigation fingerprinting for state and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background checks;
    • Delaware school bus driver physical with TB screening; and
    • Certified Delaware School Bus Driver Training. 

    Out-of-state licensed school bus drivers shall meet the same requirements for qualification for  an "S" endorsement as a driver with a Delaware license listed in 21 Del. C. §2708(b)(7) regarding criminal convictions (see Appendix) and complete and provide to the district transportation supervisor:

    • Pre-employment drug test;
    • Child protection registry check (from state of residence);
    • Criminal background affidavit;
    • State Bureau of Investigation fingerprinting for state and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background checks (on district form);
    • Delaware school bus driver physical with TB screening;
    • School bus driver classroom training;
    • CDSBD Training; and
    • Past five years driving record from the state where licensed and provide annual updates to District Transportation Supervisor.

    Reinstatement of School Bus Drivers

    Drivers with an "S" endorsement who have not actively driven for a period more than one and less than 2 years shall complete the following requirements:
    • Pre-employment drug test; and
    • Delaware school bus driver physical with TB screening (if needed).  

    Drivers with an "S" endorsement who have not actively driven for two or more years shall complete the following requirements:

    • Pre-employment drug test; and
    • Child protection registry check;
    • Criminal background affidavit;
    • State Bureau of Investigation fingerprinting for state and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background checks;
    • Delaware school bus driver physical with TB screening (if needed);
    • School bus driver classroom training; and
    • CDSBD Training.

    Drivers requesting reinstatement of their "S" endorsement following mandatory suspension or revocation of over one year:

    • Pre-employment drug test;
    • Child protection registry check; 
    • Criminal background affidavit;
    • State Bureau of Investigation fingerprinting for state and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background checks;
    • Delaware school bus driver physical with TB screening (if needed);
    • School bus driver classroom training;
    • CDSBD Training;
    • Successfully retake required written tests for CDL and "S" endorsement with DMV; and
    • Successfully retake Skills test with DMV.

    DMV CDL Reinstatement Requirements after Mandatory Suspension or Revocation

    Length of Loss License Class Vision Screen Knowledge Tests Skills/ Road Test Endorsement Tests 
    1 year or more  CDL  Yes "D" first then CDL  Yes, CDL  Yes, P & S
    3 years or more  CDL  Yes "D" first then CDL  Yes, CDL  Yes, P & S
    D is the general knowledge test for class D license.
    P is the CDL passenger test.
    S is the CDL School Bus.
  • Contact Information:
    Transportation Office
    Delaware Department of Education
    35 Commerce Way, Suite 1
    Dover, DE 19904
    Phone: 302-857-3390
    Fax: 302-739-1770
    Email: Gregg Tulowitzky