MVA to Host Second School Bus Drivers’ Day on Feb. 5

The Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA) will host another school bus drivers’ day to streamline licensing and qualifications as jurisdictions throughout the state continue to experience shortages and challenges.

MDOT MVA will host a Bus Drivers’ Day on Saturday, February 5, 2022, at the following branch offices. Appointments are available from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for CDL driver skills tests and CDL learner’s permit knowledge tests at these locations:

  • Annapolis – 160 Harry S. Truman Pkwy., Annapolis
  • Bel Air – 501 W MacPhail Road, Bel Air
  • Frederick – 1601 Bowmans Farm Road, Frederick
  • Gaithersburg – 15 Metropolitan Grove Road, Gaithersburg
  • Glen Burnie – 6601 Ritchie Hwy., Glen Burnie
  • Largo – 10251 Central Ave., Upper Marlboro
  • Salisbury – 251 Tilghman Road, Salisbury

Additionally, starting today, January 20, 2022, commercial driver’s license (CDL) applicants for the school bus endorsement will be allowed to waive a section of the CDL test that requires identification of engine parts. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) authorized state governments to implement the waiver through March 31, 2022, in response to requests that the agency provide regulatory relief to address the growing shortage of school bus drivers, which has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Note that if the modified test is selected and passed, “those school bus drivers will only be eligible to drive in the state of Maryland and will have a restriction placed on their license. Applicants must take all other parts of the CDL written and road tests, including the school bus and passenger endorsement tests.”

To register for the streamlined test:

  • School districts and/or bus drivers should email schoolbus@mdot.maryland.gov to schedule in advance.
    • Include your phone number, driver’s license number, and preferred time and location to assist with scheduling. Customers who are planning to attend Bus Drivers’ Day at the MVA are asked to cancel any other existing CDL testing appointments in order to make those time slots available for other CDL applicants and prepare in advance by studying the CDL Manual.

In September 2021, MDOT MVA hosted its first School Bus Drivers’ Day to help tackle the driver shortage.

Read the MDOT MVA press release.

Visit the FMCSA website for more information about the CDL testing waiver.

Prior Conduit Street coverage on the school bus driver shortage:

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