There are approximately 1,600 school bus drivers in Lake County servicing public and non-public schools. Experienced drivers must take a 2-hour refresher course annually, while all new drivers must take an 8-hour course in school bus driver safety and first aid, prescribed by the Illinois State Board of Education and administered by the Regional Office of Education.
Additionally, the Regional Office of Education is responsible for the appointment of instructors who conduct the required training. The Secretary of State's Office is responsible for the issuance of school bus driver permits, and the administration of behind-the-wheel testing.
Please call Penny Youngberg at the Regional Office of Education, at 847-665-0603 to register your drivers or for additional information.
• Bus drivers planning to attend a class must be registered and have paid the $10.00 fee to the Lake County Regional Office of Education 3 days prior to the class.
• Drivers will not be able to stay for the class if they are not on the list.
• There will be no admission after the instructor has begun the class.
• Drivers attending initial classes are encouraged to bring a copy of the curriculum book to class. The books are also available at the Lake County Regional Office of Education. The instructors do not have extra books to hand out. Click here for a PDF version of the curriculum book.