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
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.
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
There are five categories of certificates for which a person may apply: