So you want to be a Bus Driver

  • First Steps to Becoming an LCS School Bus Driver

    Attend a Bus Class.  Lincoln County Schools offers in-person classes several times a year; this class is 3 days.  Class times are 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.  To sign up for this class, please call the Transportation Office, and we can assist you in registering for the next available class.  A list of upcoming class dates is on the main Transportation web page.

    NC DMV also offers Virtual Class 3 days of online classroom work.  The online classroom portion times are 7:45 am to 5:00 pm.  Testing is on the 4th day here at the Transportation Office, from 8:30 till about 10 am.  To sign up for the Virtual Classes, please contact the Transportation Office.  We can assist you with registering for the Virtual Class.  The class schedule is posted on the main Transportation web page.

    Additional Information about Becoming a Bus Driver:

    Testing and Behind the Wheel Training - On the 3rd day, there will be a 4 part test - you must pass all four parts of the test to be eligible to obtain your CDL Learners Permit.  You must hold the CDL- Learners Permit at least 14 days before your behind-the-wheel training.

    As part of the training process, you must go to the DMV to obtain a CDL Permit.  Currently, NCDMV is operating by appointment only from 8 am - 11 am.  After 11 am, the DMV handles walk-in services.  To make an appointment online with the DMV, go to all surrounding DMV locations; most appointment times are several weeks out.  To expedite your training, you may schedule your DMV appointment the day after the last day of class.

    You must hold the commercial learners permit for at least 14 days before we can schedule your behind-the-wheel training.  Behind-the-wheel training is 3 days, and we schedule the behind-the-wheel training based on employment with Lincoln County Schools.

    You may use the following links if you would like to review the CDL manual or the School Bus Handbook.  You do not need to print; you will receive your own in class.

    CDL Manual -

    If you are not a current LCS employee, you may look for available positions posted in the Applicant Tracker Portal