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Requirements for Drivers and Attendants’ Certification

School bus drivers and attendants must be certified in order to transport students. The NY State Education Department mandates standards that apply to school bus drivers and attendants across the state. A key component of certification is the completion of required training. Approved DOE training locations are listed above. All drivers and attendants are required to attend mandatory refresher courses each year.

Certification Eligibility

Prior to the certification process, drivers and attendants must be entered into the Personal Eligibility Tracking System (PETS) and be eligible to work. No one may work under a NYCDOE contract without first passing a fingerprinted-supported security clearance review.

Vendors will be responsible for entering new staff to the correct PETS roster. Separate rosters exist for attendants and for drivers. Adding staff to a roster will initiate a nomination transaction. This nomination process will first require drivers and attendants to log into the Applicant Gateway website, complete required forms and print a Fingerprint Referral Form. Once the Fingerprint Referral Form has been printed, vendors will direct their employees to the HR Connect Fingerprinting Centers located at 65 Court St. Brooklyn, or 44-36 Vernon, Blvd., Long Island City (room 501).

On an ongoing basis, vendors must confirm eligibility of drivers and attendants prior to beginning the certification process, review and update their rosters, and take appropriate action when instructed by the NYCDOE or DMV for drivers.

Requirements for Driver Certification

Once the vendor has confirmed eligibility through the PETS application, they can begin the process of scheduling appointments for fingerprinting through the NYC DMV contractor L1 Identity Solutions at one of more than a dozen sites around the City. The applicants will complete and submit a 19-A Bus Driver Application at that appointment. Drivers must be at least 21 years of age. Once the applicant has received both DMV and DOE clearances, the company can schedule the applicant for a certification session provided the applicant can appear with all of the following:
  • A Social Security card and—if not a United States citizen—a Green Card, or Resident Card.
  • A New York State commercial driver’s license (CDL) with CDL "S" (school bus) endorsement and "P" (passenger) endorsement.
  • A letter from the bus company, on company letterhead, requesting certification.
  • Three letters of reference (from individuals, organizations and/or agencies not related by blood or marriage to the driver) that attest to his or her character and work record.
  • 19-A final qualification letter (result of DMV fingerprint process).
  • Physical performance test dated within sixty days. This exam is given once every two years.
  • Medical examination and Purified Protein Derivative Tuberculosis Skin Test (PPD) dated within ninety days. If PPD is positive the results of a chest x-ray are required.
  • Clean drug test results dated within sixty days.
  • Abstract of official vehicle operating record from the New York State DMV—19A Active-School Qualified. If not, driver should provide an add-on to roster letter from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DS-870).
  • Pre-service training certificate—completion of three hour course provided through a DOE-certified training location.
  • Spring/fall refresher certificate—two hour required refresher course provided through a DOE-certified training location. Drivers must attend a yearly refresher course.
  • Complete Office of Pupil Transportation (OPT) application signed by bus company representative. Driver will be certified under this company.
  • All required documentation must be submitted at time of certification. Faxes will not be accepted.

Drivers must submit the following items as stipulated below for certification.

  • Behind the wheel road test—within 30 days of certification.
  • Results of Article 19-A oral/written test—within 60 days of certification.
  • Documentation of completion of a defensive driving course—within 60 days of certification.

Drivers must submit the following within one year of certification.

  • NYSED-mandated training certificate—thirty hour course provided through an OPT-certified training location. Original certificate is required.

For more information visit the Department of Motor Vehicles requirements.

Requirements for Attendant Certification

School bus attendants must be certified in order to transport students; attendants must additionally be at least 21 years old. A key component of certification is completion of required training at an approved DOE training location. All drivers and attendants are required to attend mandatory refresher courses each year.

Every special education vehicle must have an attendant responsible for assisting students with disabilities during their ride to and from school. An attendant is also required to assist each child from the bus to the front door of the school.

Bus companies schedule appointments at the Office of Pupil Transport (OPT) for attendants to apply for certification. Attendants report to OPT Contract Management Personnel, in room 501 on the fifth floor to provide the identification and paperwork listed below:

  • Two forms of ID: A driver’s license or picture ID and Social Security card. If not a United States citizen, present a Green Card or Resident Card.
  • A letter from the bus company, on company letterhead, requesting certification.
  • Three letters of reference (from individuals, organizations and/or agencies not related by blood or marriage to the applicant) that attest to his or her character and work record.
  • Completed DOE application.
  • Physical performance test dated within sixty days.
  • Medical examination (dated within one year for school-age bus attendants and ninety days prior to certification for Pre-K/Early Intervention bus attendants) and Purified Protein Derivative Tuberculosis Skin Test (PPD) every year. If PPD is positive the results of a chest x-ray are required every two years.
  • NYSED and DOE mandated training certificates (original certificates only): Twenty-hour course provided through an OPT certified training location. Please note: NYSED requires a ten hour course, the Department of Education requires an additional ten hours of instruction.
  • Spring/fall refresher certificate (original certificate only): Two-hour required refresher course provided through an OPT certified training location.
  • Pre-service training certificate: Three-hour course provided through an OPT certified training location.
  • American Red Cross First Aid Training Certificate: Course offered continuously through an OPT certified training location.
  • Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation Certificate: Course offered continuously through an OPT certified training location.

All required documentation must be submitted at time of certification. Faxes will not be accepted.

If review of the submissions is positive the applicant will be photographed and fingerprinted electronically via Live Scan. If the fingerprint check comes back clean (results are usually received within one or two days) an ID card and supporting documentation will be generated and placed in the company's mail pickup. Upon receipt of the ID, the DOE attendant is able to perform DOE work.

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Driver and Attendant Training Locations

Bus & Car Driver Training School

1332 Commerce Avenue, Suite 18
Bronx, NY 10461
718-409-5606
Fax: 718-794-3396
Contact: Robert Verderosa (President)
busandcar@aol.com

Bus Drivers R Us

483 Hemlock St.
Brooklyn, NY 11208
718-521-0005
Fax: 718-521-0004
Contact: Manuel Otero
Busdriversrus1@aol.com

K.E.R.F. Safety Training

2704 East Tremont Avenue 2nd Floor
Bronx, NY 10461
347-591-0702
Fax: 347-590-9092
Contact: Sandra Lopez
slopez12589@gmail.com

NY Bus Training Corp. dba Training In Transportation

3051 Nostrand Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11229
718-449-8888
Fax: 718-336-8997
Contact: Jo-Ann Tufaro
stopdrivngcrzy@gmail.com

Wheels on the Bus

1841 Forest Avenue- 2nd Floor
Staten Island, NY 10303
347-630-7109
Fax: 347-630-7234
Contact: Arden Dale
ardendaleus@live.com

Fabiana Transportation Safety School

426 East 138th Street, 2nd Floor
Bronx, NY 10454
718-292-2000
Fax: 718-292-4358
Contact: Ana Fabian
fabianasafetyschool@yahoo.com

Technic Driving School Inc.

2174 Nostrand Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11210
718-282-7792
Fax: 718-282-0434
Contact: Raoul St. Flavin
technicdrivingschool@gmail.com

Provost Bus Safety Training, Inc.

3619-B Rombouts Ave
Bronx, NY 10466
718-882-8300
Fax: 718-882-8303
Contact: Maria Sonaly Caro
Schoolbustraining@gmail.com

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