School Bus/Cab Drivers Information

  • school bus Classes are scheduled at various locations for both Initial and Refresher Training Bus Courses. Please note that these locations follow the CDC safety guidelines for hosting in-person classes.

    Initial School Bus Training Courses

    Refresher School Bus Training Courses

    Zoom classes are ONLY available for Refresher School Bus Training and are limited. New ZOOM classes will be posted at the end of each month.

    Here are current links for IL Driver Services Facilities:
    • 
    Jesse White, Secretary of State – News Release dated 05-26-20
    •  Cyberdriveillinois.com


    INITIAL SCHOOL BUS/CAB TRAINING COURSE
    All new school bus/cab drivers who will transport students to and from school are required to complete an eight-hour INITIAL Training Course BEFORE applying for their school bus/cab driver permit, per the Illinois State Board of Education.

    Please view our list of available Initial School Bus/Cab Training Courses. If you do not see any slots available, that means that the class is CLOSED. At this time you are not able to register for a class using a cellphone. 


    Anyone who does not take the Initial Training Course will not be able to apply for a permit. Initial Training Courses are approximately eight (8) hours in length, depending on how long it takes the instructor to cover the entire curriculum and for participants to complete the test at the end of the training.

    All drivers must pre-register for the class. Payment of course fees is only accepted with a credit or debit card (no checks or cash).

    Important Information:

    • Bring your Driver's License when you attend the class.
    • Be ON TIME (anyone arriving late will not be admitted to the class).
    • You may not leave the class early; those who do will not receive certification.
    • You may print the Illinois Professional School Bus Driver Training Curriculum to review before the class and bring it with you.
    • Be sure to provide an email address at time of registration so your certificate can be emailed to the bus company, school district, or independent driver at the successful completion of the training course.

    Call 217-782-7674, IL Secretary of State, for information about processing and fee requirements to acquire a School Bus/Cab Driver Permit or go to the IL Secretary of State's website.

    ANNUAL REFRESHER SCHOOL BUS/CAB TRAINING COURSE
    A REFRESHER Training Course must be completed by all school bus/cab drivers who will transport students to and from school and is required in the 12 month (364 days) period prior to renewing their school bus/cab permit, per the Illinois State Board of Education. 

    Please view our list of available Refresher School Bus/Cab Training Courses. If you do not see any slots available, that means that the class is CLOSED. At this time, you are not able to register for a class using a cellphone. 


    No permit will be renewed if the driver has not completed the course requirements prior to the renewal date. Annual Refresher Training Courses are approximately two (2) hours in length.

    All drivers must pre-register for the class. Payment of course fees is only accepted with a credit or debit card (no checks or cash).

    PLEASE NOTE FOR ALL CLASSES
    It takes 10-15 business days from the date of the class
     until we receive the final roster from the instructor indicating the school bus/cab driver has successfully completed the class and until the information is posted in the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) system. A letter of verification will be emailed to the employer. Please be sure to provide an email address when you register. If you do not have an email address, it will be mailed to your home/office address.  Certificate requests are to be made through email only at lcruz@ncisc.org


    CHILDREN ARE NOT ALLOWED under any circumstances in the Initial or Refresher Classes.

    If the driver cannot attend class on the scheduled day the course fee will be forfeited.

    REFUND POLICY: Refunds are issued ONLY to registered participants who email Lydia Cruz, North Cook ISC Bus Driver Training Coordinator at lcruz@ncisc.org at least seven (7) days PRIOR to the date of the course. If a class is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, you will automatically receive a refund.