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CDL Information for KS School Bus Drivers

A class A or B, CDL is required for an activity/school bus with a gross weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more and/or rated for passenger capacity of 16 or more, including the driver. A class A, B, or C, CDL is required for activity/school buses with a gross weight rating of 26,000 pounds or less and/or rated for a passenger capacity of 16 or more, including the driver. An activity/school bus rated for less than 16 passengers, (14 passengers + the driver) and has a gross vehicle weight rating of less than 26,000 pounds is not required a CDL. These individuals are required a valid regular DL. The School/Contractor is required to have a copy of the license on file for anyone driving a activity/school bus or school passenger vehicle.

A "P" and "S" endorsement is required on a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) for the operation of both an activity buses and school buses.  To obtain the endorsement you will have to pass a "P" and "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:

  • Address Change Online
  • Copies of Driving Records Online
  • Forms Online
  • Frequently asked questions on moving violations, convictions, accidents or proof of insurance
  • How to read and view Kansas Driving Records
  • Information on ignition interlock devices
  • Click on the link below for more information and individual web links

Kansas Department of Revenue

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 Revised March 2021
Kansas CDL Manual (PDF)

Classes of CDL, Endorsements and Restrictions (PDF)

Kansas Department of Revenue
Licenses Website

14 Passenger Bus Document (PDF)

Commercial Learners Permit (CLP)

After an individual passes the written test for a CDL and or the S endorsement, the individual is issued a Commercial Learners Permit (CLP). A mandated 14 day waiing period per federal law (49 CFR 383.25) is required prior to scheduling the skills test for the CDL and or S endorsement. This same federal law prohibits a CLP holder from transporting students prior to obtaining his or her CDL.

49 CFR 383.25

Commercial Driver's License Skills Testing Offices

Medical Self-Certification

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:

  1. Non-excepted interstate. I certify that I operate or expect to operate in interstate commerce, and I am both subject to and meet the qualification requirements under 49 CFR part 391, and I am required to obtain a medical examiner's certificate by 49 CFR §391.45.
  2. Excepted interstate. I certify that I operate or expect to operate in interstate commerce, but engage exclusively in transportation or operations excepted under 49 CFR §§390.3(f), 391.2, 391.68 or 398.3 from all or parts of the qualification requirements of 49 CFR part 391, and I am therefore not required to obtain a medical examiner’s certificate by 49 CFR §391.45.
  3. Non-excepted intrastate. I certify that I operate only in intrastate commerce and therefore I am subject to and meet the State’s driver medical qualification requirements.
  4. Excepted intrastate. I certify that I operate in intrastate commerce, but engage exclusively in transportation or operations excepted from all or parts of the State’s driver medical qualification by K.S.A. 66-1,129.
  • CDL holders or employers can check  medical self-certification & CDL status for no charge using the Kansas Driver's License Status Check website. 
    Kansas Driver's License Status Check
  • A driver can change from a category 1 to a category 2 or vice versa at any time by using the on-line or paper form.
  • The Kansas Department of Revenue advises 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 & know their medical self-certification category and check their status on-line at least annually.

If your driver is a medical self-certification category #1 or #3, a copy of the medical examiners certificate has to be sent in and has to be done by an examiner on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. If the driver is a category #1 or #3 an updated medical examiners certificate must be submitted to the state every time it expires. 

If the school bus driver works and drives only for the school district, we recommend they be a category #2 on their medical self-certification. Category #2 drivers DO NOT send a copy of their medical examiners certificate to the state. Category #2 is an interstate classification which means the driver can legally drive a school bus out of state. Drivers can change their medical self-certification category at any time if they were to get a job where a category #1 was required. .

You may certify or change your certification anytime provided your CDL status is valid 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 
and mailing or faxing to:

Driver Licensing
Attn: Medical Certification
P.O. Box 2188
Topeka, KS 66601
Fax: 785-296-5859
Email  kdor_medical.certification@ks.gov  

Click on links below for more information:

Frequently Asked Questions About Medical Self Certification
(Kansas Department of Revenue)

Entry Level Driver Training

ELDT (Entry Level Driver Training) a federal rule, which goes into effect on February 7, 2022. This rule establishes minimum training requirements for individuals who are applying for a Class A or Class B CDL, an upgrade of their CDL or a hazardous materials (H),passenger (P), or school bus (S) endorsement for their license for the first time. ELDT contains two parts, Theory and Behind The Wheel (BTW) training. ELDT is separate from CDL testing and must be completed prior to the individual taking their CDL skills test.

The federal rule does not require a minimum number of instruction hours for Behind the Wheel training, HOWEVER KANSAS SCHOOL BUS REGULATION, KAR 91-38-6 REQUIRES A MINIMUM OF 12 HOURS. The training instructor must cover all topics set forth in the BTW curriculum. BTW training must be conducted in a School Bus for which a Class B CDL is required. The instructor must determine and document that each driver-trainee has demonstrated proficiency in all elements of the BTW curriculum unless otherwise noted. A simulation device cannot be used to conduct such training or to demonstrate proficiency. Training instructors* must document the total number of clock hours each driver-trainee spends to complete the BTW curriculum. Please note, federal law 49 CFR 383.25 prohibits a Commercial Learners Permit (CLP) holder from transporting students.

* Instructor requirements: Minimum Class B CDL plus appropriate endorsements, 2 years CMV driving experience, No CMV driving convictions during the two years prior, instructors self-certify with the state.

KSDE ELDT Flowchart

KSDE ELDT Basics Overview (PDF)

Behind The Wheel Documentation Forms - Optional Form/Worksheet which can be used to document ELDT Behind The Wheel Training

Class B CDL plus P & S Endorsement
P & S Endorsement
S Endorsement

Drug & Alcohol Testing Information

School Districts ARE NOT exempt the requirements of Drug & Alcohol Testing as set forth in 49 CFR Part 40.

FMCSA Drug & Alcohol Clearing House

Basic Drug & Alcohol Information for School Districts (PDF) School District Responsibilities and Information


Employer Instructions on Registering for FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse (PDF) Step by step instruction. Please note a school district is considered a Government Entity and is not required a DOT number. When asked for a DOT number remember this is not applicable to a school district.


Employer Instructions on How to Run Limited Queries FMCSA website

Employer Instructions on How to Purchase Limited Queries FMCSA website

Sample form for Consent for Limited Queries General Consent Form for Limited Queries 

Employer Instructions on How to Run Full Queries FMCSA website

Employer Instructions on How to Assign you Consortium/Third Party Administrator to Run Your Queries FMCSA website

Employer Instructions on How to Report Drug/Alcohol Violation FMCSA website


Driver Instructions on Registering for FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse (PDF) step by step instructions

Driver Instructions for Responding and Granting Electronic Permission for a Full Query From an Employer


FMCSA Learning Center FMCSA website

What Employers Need To Know About DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing (PDF) Guidance and Best Practices published by
the  U.S. Department of Transportation

Frequently Asked Questions FMCSA website

Post Accident & Other Information

Post-Accident Drug & Alcohol Testing Flow Chart (PDF) Post-Accident Alcohol and Drug Testing for Kansas School Bus Drivers involved in an accident.

Kansas Drug Category Matrix (PDF) Overview of Signs and Symptoms of drug impairment


When accepting job applications for prospective school bus drivers your job application should include a 10 year prior history. 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.

You as an employer are mandated by federal law to check a prospective employee’s CDL drug and alcohol testing history with any previous employer (required to do testing) who employed the person during the previous three years. (49 CRF 382.413)

Effective January 6, 2020, employers must conduct a full query of the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse for these records, however since the clearinghouse does not contain records prior to this date, employers shall also obtain the prospective employee’s written consent to seek the information from employers until January 6, 2023. The Safety Performance History Records Request form may be used for this requirement.

Safety Performance History Records Request (PDF) Form which can be used to obtain mandated drug and alcohol testing results from previous employers. This form will be used in conjunction with the FMCSA Drug and Alchol Clearing House until January 6, 2022.

The prospective employee must list all previous and current employers on the Safety Performance History Records Request form for the previous 3 years, which would not be covered by the FMCSA clearing house which began January 6, 2020. If the prospective employee refuses to list previous employers or refuses to sign the form, you cannot hire or allow the person drive for you.

A separate Safety Performance History Records Request form for each past employer is required until January 6, 2023, for the previous 3 year period not be covered by the FMCSA clearing house which began January 6, 2020.

If the prospective employee has failed an alcohol and/or drug test AT ANY TIME in the past, the prospective employee is not eligible to drive an activity/school bus or any commercial motor vehicle until this individual completes SAP (Substance Abuse Program) and return-to-duty requirements in 49 CFR Part 40.

Your C/TPA (Consortium/Third-Party Administrator) should be able to help you locate a SAP provider.

Beginning in 2020, employers are mandated to run yearly limited queries on all CDL employees through FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse.

Given the complexity of the DOT’s drug and alcohol testing requirements, it is strongly suggested and recommended school districts hire a C/TPA (Consortium/Third-Party Administrator) to help manage their federally mandated CDL alcohol and drug testing program.

CBD Oil & Products

 DOT Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance Notice (PDF) Information regarding CBD Oil and Products and its effects on mandated drug and alcohol testing under 49 CFR part 40 for Kansas school bus drivers holding a CDL.

School Bus Safety Director
Keith Dreiling
785-296-6659 (fax)

School Bus Safety Assistant Director
Dennis Tate

School Bus Training Coordinator 
Melissa Ostermeyer

Senior Administrative Assistant
Annette Blevins


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