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Driver's license; suspension or revocation   

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(a) (1) A person may not operate a schoolbus unless that person has in his or her immediate possession a valid driver's license for the appropriate class of vehicle to be driven endorsed for schoolbus and passenger transportation.

(2) When transporting one or more pupils at or below the

12th-grade level to or from a public or private school or to or from public or private school activities, the person described in paragraph (1) shall have in his or her immediate possession a certificate issued by the department to permit the operation of a schoolbus.

(3) The department shall issue a schoolbus endorsement that allows the operation of a schoolbus, without having to possess the certificate described in paragraph (2), when there is no pupil being transported, to the following persons:

(A) A schoolbus mechanic.

(B) A schoolbus driver-trainee.

(b) A person may not operate a school pupil activity bus unless that person has in his or her immediate possession a valid driver's license for the appropriate class of vehicle to be driven endorsed for passenger transportation. When transporting one or more pupils at or below the 12th-grade level to or from public or private school activities, the person shall also have in his or her immediate possession a certificate issued by the department to permit the operation of school pupil activity buses.

(c) The applicant for a certificate to operate a schoolbus or school pupil activity bus shall meet the eligibility and training requirements specified for schoolbus and school pupil activity busdrivers in this code, the Education Code, and regulations adopted by the Department of the California Highway Patrol, and, in addition to the fee authorized in Section 2427, shall pay a fee of twenty-five dollars ($25) with the application for issuance of an original certificate, and a fee of twelve dollars ($12) for the renewal of that certificate.

(d) A person holding a valid certificate to permit the operation of a schoolbus or school pupil activity bus, issued prior to January 1, 1991, is not required to reapply for a certificate to satisfy any additional requirements imposed by Chapter 1360 of the Statutes of 1990 until the certificate he or she holds expires or is canceled or revoked.

(Amended by Stats. 2005, Ch. 199, Sec. 2.)