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    School Pupil and Farm Labor Transportation Safety Program (aka, School Bus Program)
    The School Bus Program is designed to ensure maximum safety when school pupils or farm workers are transported on California streets and highways. This is done through adherence to and enforcement of the current laws and regulations governing all aspects of the School Bus Program. Persons seeking to obtain a California Special Driver Certificate to operate any of the vehicles (listed below) within the School Bus Program, must meet program qualifications and undergo an intense testing process. To learn more, see the link below titled "How do I apply for a California Special Driver Certificate?"

    Information Bulletins (Alpha List)

    School Pupil Transportation Advisory Committee (SPTAC)
        Members/Representatives Contact Roster
    - None at this time

        Meetings & Agenda Items:
    A SPTAC meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 14, 2014, in conjunction with California Association of School Transportation Officials Annual Conference. The meeting will be held in Monterey, California, at the Portola Hotel and Conference Center. The Public Session will begin 2:20 p.m.

    SPTAC Agenda - April 14, 2014

    Past SPTAC Meeting Minutes

    Future SPTAC Meetings

        School Bus Driver-of-the-Year and School Bus Drivers Day Announcement

        2013 Winners of the School Bus Driver-of-the-Year Award:
    Northern Region: Pamela Black, Clovis Unified School District, Clovis, CA
    Southern Region: Ricardo Ramos, Student Transportation of America, Riverside, CA

    Past School Bus Driver-of-the-Year Winners

    How do I apply for a California Special Driver Certificate?
    An individual desiring to obtain a California Special Driver Certificate to operate one of the vehicles listed below should contact the local California Highway Patrol (CHP) office nearest them to speak with the school bus officer or coordinator.

    There are five categories of certificates for which a person may apply:
    • School bus driver
    • Youth bus driver
    • School pupil activity bus driver
    • General public paratransit vehicle
    • Vehicle for Developmentally Disabled Persons

    For a list of CHP offices and telephone numbers, click here.

    For driver license requirements, visit your local Department of Motor Vehicles office.

    For additional questions, contact CHP, Research and Planning Section at (916) 843-3340.