Information from Texas DPS - July 2019
My office has been educating troopers and other law enforcement agencies of what each school bus driver must have in order to be eligible to drive a school bus. If a driver is pulled over for whatever reason, the officer will be asking them for proof of certification. If the driver is not able to present either a valid Enrollment, Certification or Recertification card, they could be ticketed for not having proof they are certified. Please be sure you are reminding the districts in your area that their drivers must carry the card at all times and cannot drive until they have that card in their possession.
If a transportation director has not received bus cards from the ESC in a timely manner (two-three weeks maximum in the summer), then they need to follow up with the ESC.
Transportation directors, when a driver signs up for a recertification class, you must verify that the driver is eligible to take the recertification class. We recently had a driver take a recertification class and was issued the recertification card. The driver had been expired for almost two years.
As always, thank y'all for everything you do! Please don’t hesitate to email or call me if you ever have any questions.
Texas Department of Public Safety
Texas Highway Patrol Division
School Bus Transportation Program