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Special Drivers Certificate Matrix


Certificate Vehicle
Defined
Original
Training
Renewal
Training
Written
Testing
Driving
Testing
Commercial
License
Training
Verification
Instructor
School Bus
VC 545
20 hr. Class
20 hr. BTW
EC (40082)
10 hr. per TP
Class/BTW
or In-service
EC (40085)
CHP
Rules & Regs.
First Aid
(HPH 82.7)
CHP
Pre-Trip
BTW
(HPH 82.7)
A or B License
w/(P), (S) endorsements
(VC 12517)
CDE T-01
EC (40087)
CDE Certified
EC (40082)
SPAB
VC 546
15 hr. Class
20 hr. BTW
EC (40083)
10 hr. per TP
Class/BTW
or In-service
EC (40085)
CHP
Rules & Regs.
(HPH 82.7)
CHP
Pre-Trip
BTW
(HPH 82.7)
A or B License
w/(P) endorsement
(VC 12517)
CDE T-01
EC(40087)
CDE Certified
EC (40083)
FLV
VC 322
10 hr. Class
10 hr. BTW
EC (40084)
2 hr./yr.
Classroom
EC (40086)
CHP
Rules & Regs.
(HPH 82.7)
CHP
Pre-Trip
BTW
(HPH 82.7)
A or B License
w/(P) endorsement
(VC 12519)
CDE T-01
EC (40087)
CDE Certified
EC (40084)
Transit
and
VTT
VC 642
15 hr. Class
20 hr. BTW
EC (40083)
8 hr. per TP
Class/BTW
or In-service
EC (40085.5)
DMV
Rules & Regs.
(Commercial Handbook)
DMV
A or B
w/(P) endorsement
(VC 12804.6)
CDE T-01 or DMV DL 260
EC (40087) (A,B)
CDE Certified
EC (40083)
TSI
(40081)
GPPV
VC 336
12 hr. Class +
8 hr. Certified Def. Driving
20 hr. BTW
(VC 12523.5)
2 hr./yr.
Refresher Training
(HPH 82.7)
CHP
Rules & Regs.
(HPH 82.7)
CHP
Pre-trip
BTW
(HPH 82.7)

A or B
w/(P) endorsement
C if less than 10 pass.
(VC 12517.5)

Evidence of Training
(VC 12523.5)
(HPH 82.7)
Employer Verified
(HPH 82.7)

A school bus instructor: may instruct for school bus, SPAB, transit bus, or farm labor bus (Education Code 40088(C)(1))
A SPAB Instructor: may instruct for SPAB, transit bus, or farm labor, but may not instruct for school bus (Education Code 40088(C)(2))
A transit bus instructor: may instruct for transit bus or farm labor, but may not instruct for school bus or SPAB (Education Code 40088(C)(3))
A farm labor instructor: may instruct for farm labor only (Education Code 40088(C)(4)

NOTE: Holders of a SPAB certificate may upgrade to a school bus drivers certificate (Education Code 40082(B))

Certificate
Vehicle
Defined
Original
Training
Renewal
Training
Written
Testing
Driving
Testing
Commercial
License
Training
Certificate
Instructor
PAB VC 12517.45 15 hr. Class 20 hr. BTW
EC (40083)
10 hr. per TP Class/BTW or In-Service
EC (40085)
CHP Rules & Regs. (HPH 82.7) CHP Pre-Trip BTW (HPH 82.7) A or B license w/(P) endorsement (VC 12517)

CDE T-01

EC (40087)

CDE Certified

EC (40083)

Youth Bus "A"
school to non-school activity
VC 680(a)
10 hr. Class
10 hr. BTW
(VC 12523)
2 hr. per TP
Refresher Training
(VC 12523)
(HPH 82.7)
CHP
Rules & Regs.
First Aid
(VC 12522)
(HPH 82.7)
CHP
Pre-Trip
BTW
(HPH 82.7)
A or B License
w/(P) endorsement
(VC 12523)
Evidence of Training
(VC 12523 [A])
(HPH 82.7)
Employer Verified
(HPH 82.7)
Youth Bus "B"
residence
to school
VC 680(b)
10 hr. Class
10 hr. BTW
in addition...
Instructors Manual
10 hr. Class
10 hr. BTW
(VC 12523)
(HPH 82.7)
2 hr. per TP
Refresher Training in addition...
10 hr. Renewal Class
(HPH 82.7)
CHP
Rules & Regs.
First Aid
(VC 12522)
(HPH 82.7)
CHP
Pre-Trip
BTW
(HPH 82.7)
A or B License
w/(P) endorsement
(VC 12523)

T-01 (additional training only)
(HPH 82.7)

Evidence of Training
(VC 12523[B])
(HPH 82.7)

CDE Certified for additional training
(HPH 82.7)

Employer Verified
(HPH 82.7)

VDDP
VC 12523.6
Fingerprint
Background
Check
(VC 12523.6[b][1])
N/A
N/A
N/A
A or B
w/(P) endorsement
C
if less than 10 pass.
(VC 12517.5)
N/A
N/A
Paratransit
Vehicle
VC 462
4 hr. Safe Operation
4 hr. Special Transportation
(VC 12517.5)
4 hr. Safe Operation
4 hr. Special
Transportation
(VC 12517.5)
N/A
N/A
A or B
w/(P) endorsement
C
if less than 10 passengers
(VC 12517.5)
N/A
Employer Verified
(VC 12517.5)

All original California Special Driver Certificate applicants must submit a set of fingerprints to the California Highway Patrol prior to certification except the following: Farm Labor Vehicles, Transit and VTT, and Paratransit Vehicles.

Acronyms
Acronym Compound Term
BTW Behind-the-Wheel
CHP California Highway Patrol
Class Classroom
DMV Department of Motor Vehicles
EC California Education Code
FLV Farm Labor Vehicle
GPPV General Public Paratransit Vehicle
HPH Highway Patrol Handbook
INS In-service
"P" Passenger
PAB Pupil Activity Bus
Regs. Regulations
SPAB School Pupil Activity Bus
TP Training Period
TSI Training Safety Institute
VC California Vehicle Code
VDDP Vehicle for Developmentally Disabled Persons
VTT Verification of Transit Training

 

Questions:   Anna Borges | aborges@cde.ca.gov | 916-375-7100
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