School bus drivers must be certified in order to transport students. The New York State Education Department (NYSED) mandates standards that apply to school bus drivers across the state. A key component of certification is completion of required training at an approved Office of Pupil Transportation (OPT) training location. All drivers are required to attend mandatory refresher courses each year.Requirements for Driver Certification
Bus companies schedule appointments for driver applicants to be fingerprinted by NYSDMV contractor L1 Identity Solutions at one of more than a dozen sites around the City. The applicants will complete and submita 19-A Bus Driver Application at that appointment. At the same time, the company asks the OPT Contract Management Unit to perform a Thirteen County Criminal History check on the applicant. Once the applicant has received both of these clearances, the company can schedule the applicant for a certification session at OPT provided the applicant can appear with all of the following:
Complete 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 dated within sixty days of certification.
Drivers must submit the following within one year of certification.