Special Licenses in Nebraska
If you wish to operate a vehicle that accommodates at least 16 passengers, including yourself, you need a commercial driver's license (CDL). Such vehicles include buses and shuttles. (A school bus is, however, a bus of a different color―see below.)
School Bus Permit
You need a school bus permit if:
- You want to transport children to school, regardless of the number.
- The Board of Education is providing the transportation, i.e. the service.
In other words, if you're a dad who gives his daughter and all of her friends a ride to school in your own person van, you do not need a school bus permit. Just nerves of steel.
In Section 1B-9 of the Nebraska Driver's Manual, you'll find a thorough outline of the who, what, when, where, why, and how of the application process.
To drive a vehicle that accommodates fewer than 16 passengers (including yourself), such as a limousine or taxi, all you need is a regular Class O Nebraska driver's license.
The chauffeur or taxi company for which you work may require you to enroll in some special training; however, the company will inform you of this during your application process.
Whether it's a traditional motorcycle or a three-wheeled motor vehicle, you need a motorcycle license or endorsement to legally operate it.
As long as you're at least 18 years old, or 17 and have had a provisional operator's permit for one year, you can apply for a Class M motorcycle license. If you already have a driver's license, you can simply add a Class M endorsement.
Scooters and Mopeds
You don't need a license to operate a moped; however, you do need a license to operate a motor scooter in Nebraska. We've dedicated a special section for other types of motorcycles to help you along the way.
Because all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are for off-road use on private property only, you don't need a special license. The Nebraska DMV covers ATV rules and regulations at length.
You need a special permit to operate a snowmobile in Nebraska. Simply go to your local driver license exam office and take the required eye exam. There is no fee.
The Nebraska DMV provides more details about snowmobile rules and regulations online.
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- Especially for You: Information on Special Licenses
- Operating a Snow Mobile: Special Driver Licenses, Training, and Age Requirements
- What is a Special License, and Do You Need One?
- Driving All-Terrain Vehicles: Special Licenses, Training, and More for ATVs
- Special License Requirements: When and How to Apply for a Special License
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