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Special Drivers Certificate Matrix - 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
"S" School Bus Endorsement
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
13 CCR Title 13, California Code of Regulations
Special Drivers Certificate Matrix - Page 1
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
(VC 12517
VC 12517.4)
CHP
Pre-Trip
BTW
(VC 12517
VC12517.4)
A or B License
w/(P), (S) endorsements
(VC15250
VC15275
VC 15275.1
VC 15278)
CDE T-01
(EC 40087)
CDE Certified
(EC 40081b)
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.
(VC 12517
VC 12517.4)
CHP
Pre-Trip
BTW
(VC 12517
VC 12517.4)
A or B License
w/(P) endorsement
(VC 15250
VC 15250.1
VC 15275
VC 15278)
CDE T-01
(EC 40087)
CDE Certified
(EC 40081b)
FLV
VC 322
10 hr. Class
10 hr. BTW
(EC 40084)
2 hr./yr.
Classroom
(EC 40086)
CHP
Rules & Regs.
(VC 12519)
CHP
Pre-Trip
BTW
(VC 12519)
A or B License
w/(P) endorsement
(VC 15250
VC 15250.1
VC 15275
VC 15278)
CDE T-01
(EC 40087)
CDE Certified
(EC 40081b)
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.
DMV
A or B
w/(P) endorsement
(VC 15250
VC 15250.1
VC 15275
VC 15278
VC 12804.6)
CDE T-01 or DMV DL 260
EC (40087a,b)

CDE Certified
(EC 40081b)
or TSI
(EC 40081d)

GPPV
VC 336
12 hr. Class +
8 hr. Certified Def. Driving
20 hr. BTW
(VC 12523.5)
2 hr./yr.
Refresher Training
(VC 12523.5)
CHP
Rules & Regs.
(VC 12523.5)
CHP
Pre-trip
BTW
(VC 12523.5)

A or B
w/(P) endorsement
C if less than 10 pass.
(VC 15250
VC 15250.1
VC 15275
VC 15278)

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

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

NOTE: Holders of a SPAB certificate may upgrade to a school bus drivers certificate (EC 40082b)

NOTE: Any applicant applying for a CDL must comply with Parts 380, 383 and 384 of Title 49 of the Code of Federal
Regulations

Special Drivers Certificate Matrix - Page 2
Certificate Vehicle
Defined
Original
Training
Renewal
Training
Written
Testing
Driving
Testing
Commercial
License
Training
Certificate
Instructor
PAB

13 CCR 1201(v)

VC 545(a)(11)

VC 12517.45
15 hr. Class 20 hr. BTW
(EC 40083)

10 hr. per TP Class/BTW or In-Service
(EC 40085
VC 12517.45)
CHP Rules & Regs. (VC 12517.45) CHP Pre-Trip BTW (VC 12517.45) A or B w/(P) endorsement (VC 15250
VC 15250.1
VC 15275
VC 15278)

CDE T-01

(EC 40087)

CDE Certified

(EC 40081b)

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
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
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.

NOTE: Holders of a SPAB certificate may upgrade to a school bus drivers certificate (EC 40082{b})

NOTE: Any applicant applying for a CDL must comply with Parts 380, 383 and 384 of Title 49 of the Code of Federal
Regulations

Updated 2019

Questions:   Anna Borges | aborges@cde.ca.gov | 916-375-7100
Last Reviewed: Monday, February 7, 2022
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