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Transportation Department

Bus Driver Licensing

New Hanover County Schools employs only licensed school bus drivers.  In an effort to provide the safest and most efficient transportation for students in New Hanover County, North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (NCDMV) offers classes to prospective school bus drivers throughout the year.  NCDMV teaches drivers how to operate a school bus safely, perform vehicle inspections, and how to manage student behavior.  The classes are taught by NCDMV to qualified applicants.

Prospective candidates must complete and submit a NHCS Questionnaire for Prospective Bus Drivers form and an online School Bus Driver Application prior to being invited to attend the Bus Driver training class.


Button to navigate to Questionaire Form                  Button to navigate to Bus Driver Application                    Button to navigate to DMV Bus Driver Handbook

See below for the next scheduled licensing class:

Date(s): March 11, 2019 - March 15, 2019

(must attend ALL 5 days)

Time:  9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Location: Northern Division Transportation

 4805 Dairy Farm Rd

Castle Hayne, NC 28429

For additional information contact

Valeria Jones @ 910-254-4395

or email:

ALL potential applicants MUST complete the online application at prior to being invited to class.

Requirements To Be A School Bus Driver

  • Must be 18 years old.
  • Must have 6 months of driving experience.
  • Must attend bus class for 5 days and pass written tests.
  • Must obtain Learner's Permit and have for 2 weeks prior to going out for driving test.
  • Must pass drug and alcohol tests prior to going out for driving test.
  • Must drive a bus for 3 days with DMV examiner and pass driving test.
  • Must have clean driving record.
  • Must have clean criminal record.
  • Must obtain DOT Medical Card.
  • Must pass physical fitness test.
  • Go through interview process and be approved.
  • Positive professional references.