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Special License Requirements: When and How to Apply for a Special License

Date posted: 07/05/2012

by Melissa Crumish on
in Drivers License & ID

1310 Special License Requirements: When and How to Apply for a Special License

A special license applies to any one of the following vehicles:

  • School bus.
  • Taxi.
  • Limousines.

Sometimes, off-road vehicles require special licenses, or at least special training.

School Bus License

To drive kids to and from school you must hold a commercial drivers license (CDL) along with a school bus endorsement (often referred to as an “S” endorsement).

Your state dictates the actual steps to follow, but as a whole the following requirements will give you a solid idea of what to expect when applying for a school bus endorsement:

  • You must be a certain age. Some states require that you be at least 18 years old; others, 21. Those that allow 18 year olds to apply may stipulate at least six months of driving experience.
  • You must hold a certified medical card. This is a standard CDL requirement, but because you will already have your CDL, this should not be an issue when applying for your endorsement.
  • Own a relatively clean driving record. The specifics vary by state, but most instances your application will be denied if you’ve been convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) in the last two years.
  • Pass a school bus knowledge test, based on information found in your state’s CDL handbook.
  • Pass a school bus skills test.
  • Pay license fees.

Taxi Drivers License

Local municipalities, in most instances, govern taxi driver licenses. This means requirements vary greatly from town to town. Major metropolitan areas, like New York and Las Vegas, for example, employ stringent requirements. For help, contact the taxi service you’re considering.

In most cases you will need to obtain a taxi driver permit, requiring:

  • Proof of owning a regular drivers license.
  • A relatively clean driver history report.
  • Providing proper identification (identity, lawful status, Social Security number, residency).
  • Submitting to fingerprints and a criminal history background check. This is mainly restricted to larger cities.
  • Passing a drug test.
  • Completing a local driver awareness program.
  • Paying for all applicable fees.

Chauffeurs License

Understand that chauffeur license requirements vary by state, but expect to meet the following requirements:

  • Own a regular driver license for the state you’re applying in.
  • Be at least 18 years old. Some states may use 21 as the minimum.
  • Provide proper identification (identity, lawful status, Social Security number, residency).
  • Provide medical certification.
  • Pass a chauffeur knowledge exam.
  • Pay all applicable fees.

Off-Road Vehicles

For the sake of clarity, this applies to snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). In most instances, a special drivers license is not required.

Many states require younger operators, usually those under 16, to hold a safety riding certificate issued from a state-approved course.

Are you getting ready to apply for a special license?

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