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Bus Drivers

school bus Each year, PCS school bus drivers travel 9.1 million miles and transport approximately 33,000 students to and from school. This also includes driving nearly 3,300 extracurricular trips each year. District drivers carry up to 75 students on a ten-ton vehicle down some of Florida’s most congested roads. The district has more than 450 bus drivers and of that number, 75 have ten years or more and 21 have 15 years or more of safe driving records.

Interested in becoming a Pinellas County Schools bus driver?

Apply for Bus Driver Position  

Hiring Process 

Apply online or update an existing application on the PCS Employment page.
Please review our requirements and information to help you along the hiring process.
High school Diploma/GED equivalent or higher must be attached/uploaded to the application under the Attachments link.
Please see the image below for reference.
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A Commercial Driver's License (CDL) permit with Passenger & School Bus Endorsements, which you can obtain at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) with four written test. (If you already have a CDL class B license you’ve already done this)
Here are some practice test to help you be prepared:
The test are $6.25/transaction. You can take as many as you are comfortable with for the $6.25.

We must be able to verify five years of driving history with a state department, if you don’t have 5 years driving experience within Florida, this would require you to contact a Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for your licensed state to obtain a report to go back the five years.
You must be able to pass a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical, these are federally regulated. Anyone with sleep apnea* or whom are insulin dependent by way of injection are denied medical clearance through Department of Education (DOE) regulations.

You must have three references. Two of the three must be done in system by way of Email, if these are unresponsive, you may get a hand written letter of recommendation from same name or company from Email reference to bypass this.
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The third reference must be done by phone which we will do at our pre-employment screening.


Once we process the application and run a DMV check which goes back the required five years, we will invite you into Walter Pownall service center, 11111 Belcher RD S Largo FL 33773, for a pre-employment screening. These take place in the morning and you are required to watch a presentation on the hiring process, complete and pass a dexterity test and complete and pass a drug screen. Upon completion you will have a date and time to report to a US health works facility to complete your DOT physical. (You will have written information on the exact location. Please have your permit by this point)
* Contact Matthew Hutchison