Obtaining A CDL
What will it take to get your Commercial Driver License to drive a school bus?
It begins by completing an employment application as well as a background check. A good driving record is necessary but don’t count yourself out. We will review your record and let you know where you stand and if you’ll qualify to get your CDL.
Next you will need to get a DOT (Department of Transportation) Physical. This is very similar to an annual physical but done by a certified individual at your local clinic or chiropractor.
Then, you will need to take 4 different written exams similar to what is required to get your standard Class D license. To prepare for these you will need to download the CDL Manual here. We have paper copies available at our office.
Practice tests and additional training can be found online at dmv-practice test.com or you can view a training program in our office.
The 4 written tests you’ll need to take to get your CDL for driving a school bus:
Once you have passed these tests, we assist you in scheduling the pre-trip and road test. When this is scheduled, at least 14 days out, we will train with you daily or as your schedule permits so you are ready. This includes demonstrating how to perform a seamless pre-trip inspection as well as providing you adequate driving time so that you feel comfortable and confident to succeed in driving a school bus.
From here, we send you to ride and drive with our trainer or other drivers to learn bus routes or the route you will be driving until you feel ready to go on your own.
What is it like to drive at New Ulm Bus Lines?
Your day starts around 6:30 to 7 AM checking over your bus. Then you might stop in the office to say hello to your friendly and positive fellow bus drivers who will welcome you like you’re an old friend. Then it’s time to jump in the bus and do your route where you will greet smiling faces. Around 7:30-7:45 AM you will drop-off your students at their respective schools and bring your bus back to the bus garage. Your morning is finished. At 2:45-3:15 PM you will come back and do your afternoon route taking your students home.
Keep in mind that we are flexible and will work with your schedule as best as we can. We have many drivers who work full-time and still drive an AM, PM or both routes daily. You’ll find retirees, grandparents, farmers, stay-at home parents, the self-employed, and people like you here. No matter who you are, if you’re interested, we will find something that works for you. You may find out that friends of yours are here driving a school bus or van. Come help New Ulm Bus Lines. Come help the New Ulm Community. We need safe, reliable, responsible locals like you to succeed in safely transporting students daily.