All properly licensed school bus drivers must attend certification training at an approved Office of Pupil Transportation (OPT) training center. Annual refresher courses administered by the OPT are also mandatory. All applicants must be fingerprinted and have a clear background check not older than 60 days to take the course.
The preservice certification training is a three-hour course, while the annual recertification class is two hours long. A school bus driver is also required to have a valid commercial driver's license with school bus and passenger endorsements. Proof of legal U.S. residency, a letter from the applicant's bus company requesting the OPT certification, three letters of recommendation, a medical examination certificate and a recent clean drug test are also required.