Special Licenses in Alaska
If you're looking to add bus driver to your resume, you'll quickly discover that Alaska demands an extensive training process. To obtain a bus license you must:
- Be at least 21 years old.
- Pass a federally mandated drug test.
- Submit to fingerprinting.
- Earn a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) with a passenger endorsement.
- Submit an Application for School Bus Permit,which requires a physical.
- Complete a training and certification program approved by the Pupil Transportation Services of the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development.
Your chances of receiving a bus drivers license are dim if you've been convicted over the last 20 years of any of the following: incest, sexual assault, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, promoting prostitution, indecent exposure, or drug possession. Also, the state will not view your application favorably if you've been convicted of two or more DWIs over the last 10 years.
The requirements on obtaining a chauffeur license depend on where you reside. Each municipality has its own set of regulations. In Fairbanks, for instance, you must be at least 21 years old. In Anchorage, 19 is the minimum age. So for exact requirements, call your city clerk.
Taxi and Shuttle Licenses
Taxi and shuttle vehicles fall under the chauffeur's license category. Free shuttle services (usually supplied by hotels), however, are exempt. In this case all that's required is a regular Alaska driver's license.
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