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20 Hour - Initial Driver Certification

20 Hour - Initial Driver Certification

To obtain full initial driver certification, a person must satisfactorily complete a twenty-hour basic training course. The training agency shall issue a "Texas School Bus Driver Training Certificate" after completion of the course.

The driver certification will remain valid for a period of three calendar years as indicated by the expiration date on the certificate. However, certification may be revoked or suspended for the conviction of certain criminal offenses as provided by state law.

State law (Transportation Code 521.022) (e) requires that every driver transporting students in a school bus must have in their possession a valid certificate that states the operator is enrolled in or has completed a driver safety training course approved by the Department.

Anyone whose certification has expired shall not operate a school bus for the transportation of students until such time as they become re-certified or obtained an enrollment certificate.

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