When accepting job applications for prospective school bus drivers your job application should include a 10 year prior history and you must check the person’s CDL drug and alcohol testing history with any previous employer (required to do testing) who employed the person during the previous two years. (49 CRF Part 40)
Per KAR 91-38-6, a governing body shall not employ or retain to transport students any person who discloses or whose driving record indicates that, within the past 10 years, the person has been convicted of DUI.
Medical Certification is part of the CDL, any person applying for a CDL on or after January 30, 2012 must certify with the State's Driver's License Agency to one of four categories:
The Kansas Department of Revenue has advised us that after your initial self-certification you will have to recertify when:
1. Anytime you change categories.
2. Anytime you renew your CDL.
3. Anytime you upgrade your CDL class. (go from a class B to a class A)
4. Anytime you add endorsements to your CDL
5. Anytime your medical card expires if you are a category 1.
It is important for CDL holders to understand which category they fall into.
You may certify using the Kansas Department of Revenue on-line certification form.
Kansas Department of Revenue on-line Certification Form
You may also certify using a paper form http://www.ksrevenue.org/pdf/cdl_med_cert.pdf (only first page needed if selecting category #2)
and mailing or faxing to:
Docking State Office Building
Attn: Medical Cert
P.O. Box 2188
Topeka, KS 66601
Click on links below for more information:
Frequently Asked Questions About Medical Self Certification
(Kansas Department of Revenue)
Medical Certificate part of CDL (PDF)
Per K.A.R. 91-38-6, the physical requirement shall be those found in the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulation 49 C.F.R. 391.41 which states .“A person subject to this part must not operate a commercial motor vehicle (in our case a school/activity bus and or school vehicle) unless he or she is medically certified as physically qualified to do so”. The Kansas Department of Education is committed to having Kansas School/Activity Bus and or School Vehicle Drivers be medically certified and physically qualified and has no intention of deviating from this requirement.
School/Activity Bus Drivers and School Vehicle Drivers, who are employed by a school district and have not declared category #1 or #3 on their medical self-certification may use the exception for government entities found in 49 CFR 390.3 and have their family physician or other medical examiner of their choice, who is not on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners perform the physical. Please continue to use the FMCSA Medical Applications and Forms for these physicals. We have also developed a Doctor Notification to help drivers with this exemption.
Federal Medical Examiners Report 649-F (6045) (PDF)
Federal Medical Examiner Report MCSA 5875 (PDF)
Federal Medical Examiners Certificate (PDF)
Federal Medical Examiners Certificate MCSA 5876 (PDF)
Medical Examiner’s Certification Integration; Final Rule effective June 22,2015
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Physical
National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners FAQs
Find a Certified Medical Examiner
(This link also contains information for Doctors on how to be part of the National Registry)
Driver Medical Fitness for Duty
Find a medical examiner
Frequently Asked Questions about Driver Medical Requirements
Medications and Commercial Driving
Information for drivers with missing or impaired limbs
Information for drivers with Diabetes or Visual Impairments
Kansas Physical Waiver Information (PDF)
Kansas Motor Carrier Website which contains guidance documents from the National Trucking Association on sleep apnea and choosing a medical examiner.
An "S" endorsement is required on a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) for the operation of a school bus. To obtain the endorsement you will have to pass a "S" endorsement knowledge test and a road test in a school bus representative of the type of school bus you will be driving. If you don't already have the "P" endorsement, you will have to pass the "P" endorsement knowledge test.
Kansas Department of Revenue Driver Control maintains driving records and processess changes to driving privileges such as restrictions, suspensions, revoked licenses and reinstated licenses. Driver Control can assist you with the following regarding Kansas drivers' licenses or driving records:
Kansas Department of Revenue
Commercial Learners Permit (CLP) 49 CFR 383.25
Free Kansas Department of Revenue Drivers License/CDL status check website
Medical Self-Certification Changes Kansas Department of Revenue on-line Certification Form
Kansas Commercial Drivers License Manual posted on the Kansas Department of Revenue website
Kansas CDL Manual (PDF)
Classes of CDL, Endorsements and Restrictions (PDF)
14 Passenger Bus Document (PDF)
Kansas Department of Revenue
Driver's License and ID Card Services by County
K.S.A. 72-5213 requires employees of the school district, who come in regular contact with the pupils of the school district, to submit a certification of health and this certificate shall establish the employee is free from tuberculosis.
Kansas Department of Health & Environment Tuberculosis Control Program
Certification of Health for School Personnel (PDF) -- This form is to be completed by the applicant, or employee, and signed by a Licensed Physician stating that the individual has been tested for Tuberculoses pursuant to K.S.A. 72-5213.
School Bus Safety Director
School Bus Safety Assistant Director
Senior Administrative Assistant