A pupil transportation vehicle is a motor vehicle designed and constructed to seat not more than eight (8) passengers including the operator, used by a school committee to provide the transportation services required by law or regulation to students being conveyed along a fixed school transportation route.
In order to be employed as a pupil transportation vehicle (PTV) driver, the person must maintain a valid operator’s license with a chauffeur endorsement and a Rhode Island Pupil Transportation Certificate.
Note: Operators who hold an active CDL license with a passenger endorsement issued by the Rhode Island DMV may operate a pupil transportation vehicle without a Chauffeur’s endorsement but must have an active Pupil Transportation Certificate.
Applicants must successfully pass a written test administered by the Division of Motor Vehicles. Materials on the test are covered in the Pupil Transportation Manual.
The sponsoring school bus company will forward the completed application with all supporting documentation to the DMV School Bus Safety Coordinator. The provided application and supporting documentation will be reviewed against the criteria set forth in the Rules and Regulations Regarding Eligibility for Pupil Transportation Certificate. If no disqualifying criteria are met, the DMV will contact the applicant to schedule the written test. Upon passing the written test, the applicant’s chauffeur endorsement and Pupil Transportation Certificate will be issued.