Required Training & Licensing

School bus drivers are highly trained professionals who have obtained a special driving license.  To drive a school bus in Ontario, you need a B Class license.

A Class B license lets you:

  • drive a school bus with seating for more than 24 passengers
  • drive vehicles covered by C, D, E, F, and G class license

To get a B license, you must:

  • be at least 21 years old
  • hold a valid Ontario license other than G1, G2, M, M1 or M2
  • pass a vision test
  • submit a valid medical report
  • complete a government-approved School Bus Driver Improvement Course
  • pass a Criminal Record and Judicial Matters (CRJM) Check
  • have fewer than 6 demerit points on your driving record
  • pass a knowledge test about operating school buses and trucks (for Class B only)
  • pass a road test using a vehicle that meets the requirements

You will not be able to get a Class B license if your driver’s license has been suspended during the past 12 months for any offence outlined in the Official MTO Bus Handbook.

All training and supports to obtain the required B Class license are provided locally at no cost. Additional training also includes safe driving techniques, school bus evacuation, student management, and emergency preparedness.

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