Become a Bus Driver

To become fully licensed, new bus drivers are required to attend an 8-hour training course.

  • Pre-register for this course with the Regional Office of Education ($10.00 fee required).
  • You must be currently employed by a bus company or school district.


Licensed Bus Drivers

For those already licensed, we thank you for your service to our students and community by driving our greatest community resource, our students, to and from school each day. To continue your service as a licensed school bus driver, you will need to participate in a state approved refresher course.

Upcoming Bus Driver Courses

Pursuant to Section  3-14.23 of the School Code [105 ILCS 5/3-14.23] the Regional Office of Education is responsible for conducting the INITIAL PERMIT TRAINING that is required for all new school bus drivers prior to getting a bus permit, and the ANNUAL REFRESHER COURSE is required in the 12 month (364 days) period prior to renewing their school bus permit.

Register for a Bus Driver Class

To register for one of our initial or refresher bus courses, please complete the spreadsheet below and email to bustraining@roe21.orgIf you have questions about becoming a bus driver or maintaining your license, please contact our office by calling 618-998-1283 or 618-438-9711.

As of April 1, 2020, the cost of the training class is $10.00.

NOTE: All registrations for bus courses must be paid in full before the date of the class. If not paid, you will not be admitted into the course.

What to Bring to Class

When attending these trainings, please remember the following:

  1. Bring a pen or pencil
  2. Have your driver's license with you
  3. If attending 8 hour Saturday classes, please bring a lunch
  4. Please be on time

Illinois Association of Pupil Transportation (IAPT)

The IAPT has been in existence since 1973 and is composed of a group of school district transportation owners. The IAPT works closely with the Illinois State Board of Education and the Secretary of State's Office on matters that relate to school transportation issues.