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How to Become a City Bus Driver

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How to Become a City Bus Driver. Bus driver jobs can be a good source of income, especially if you are willing to work unconventional hours. Because such positions are notable for their high turnover rates, you shouldn't have too much trouble getting hired as long as you have the right qualifications. Read on to learn more.

Get your Commercial Driver's License (CDL). To do this, you must spend time driving with another person who already holds a CDL. At the end of your training, you will take a 2-part test that has both written and driving portions.

Have your references lined up. City departments of transportation look for people who are timely, presentable and courteous. Get former bosses or coworkers to vouch for you.

Apply for a city bus driver job. Many cities have websites where positions are posted, along with a list of job requirements and qualifications. Or, you can call city hall and ask about the application process.

Make it through the screening process. Most cities will not hire you if you've been convicted on any drug-related charges, or if you have a history of driving violations. There are also some minimum vision and hearing requirements.

Complete the city's training process. This can range anywhere from 2 to 8 weeks. You will spend some time in the classroom, learning about local traffic regulations, customer service skills and company policies. In addition, you'll spend some time behind the wheel with veteran bus drivers.


Check a city's minimum age requirement before going to the trouble of applying. Sometimes, you only need to be 18; but some cities don't give jobs to people under 25.


You cannot receive a CDL if your license has been suspended in another state.