About Bus Transportation Services

The Regional Office of Education is responsible for conducting and keeping records of the initial training that is required for all new school bus drivers prior to getting a bus driver permit, and annual refresher workshops that are required to renew school bus permits. Drivers must take a two-hour refresher course annually, and all new drivers must take an eight-hour course in school bus driver safety and first aid, as prescribed by the Illinois State Board of Education and administered by the ROE.

School Bus Driver Refresher Course Information

The date of the annual refresher training shall be computed as follows:

  1. The first refresher training following initial training must be completed within one year (365 days) from the date of initial training. The date of the first refresher training will be known as the refresher date.
  2. In the event that an individual completes subsequent refresher training between the actual refresher date and 60 days prior to that refresher date, the next annual refresher date will not change. In the event refresher training is completed more than 60 days prior to the refresher date, the date the driver completes the refresher training will become the new annual refresher date.

Source: Amended at 35 Ill. Reg. 7412, effective April 21, 2011

If Their Bus Driving Permit Lapses

(Example: expired May 1 and it’s now May 15)

  • They have a 30-day grace period from the expiration date, to get all paperwork completed and turned in.
  • They cannot continue to drive during this grace period. They can only drive after the school bus driver’s permit has been reinstated.
  • If this timeline is not met (30 days), the driver would have to start over at the initial training stage as if they had never driven a bus before.

2018 Bus Driver Training Schedule

Additional Initial classes may be add if necessary - contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pre-registration is required for all classes by completing the pre-registration form online at roe51.org.

Bus employers will be charged for drivers who are a "no show" at classes for which they are registered

Classes may be cancelled do to  insufficient enrollment

Class         Registration Deadline Date of Class Time            Location
Initial Registration deadline Friday January 18, 2019 5:00pm Tuesday, January 22, 2019 and Thursday January 24, 2019 5:15pm - 9:15pm ROE #51 Conference Room, 2201 South Dirksen Parkway, Springfield , IL 62703
Refresher Registration deadline Thursday February 7, 2019 Wednesday, February 13, 2019 6:00-8:00 Auburn High School Cafeteria, 511 North Seventh Street, Auburn, IL 62615
Refresher Registration deadline Thursday February 15, 2019 5:00pm Thursday February 21, 2019 5:30-7:30 Glenwood Intermediate School, 465 Chatham Road, Chatham, IL
Refresher Registration deadline Thursday February 21, 2019 5:00pm Wednesday, February 27, 2019 5:30-7:30

Pleasant Plains High School Cafeteria, 500 North Cartwright Street, Pleasant Plains, I

Initial Registration Deadline Thursday, April 4, 2019 1:00pm Monday, April 8, 2019 8:00 am- 4:00 pm ROE #51 Conference Room, 2201 South Dirksen Parkway, Springfield, IL 62703
Refresher Registration deadline Thursday March 21, 2019 5:00pm Wednesday March 27, 2019 6:00-8:00 Porta Transportation Bus Barn 1120 B North 4th Street Petersburg IL
Refresher Registration deadline Thursday May 9, 2019  - 5:00pm Tuesday, May 14, 2019 5:30-7:30 First Student Bus Service - 555 South Dirksen Parkway Building #2, Springfield, IL 62702
Initial Registration deadline Thursday June 13, 2019 - 5:00pm Tuesday, June 18, 2019 8:00-4:00 ROE #51 Conference Room, 2201 South Dirksen Parkway, Springfield , IL 62703
Initial Registration deadline Wednesday July 3, 2019 - 5:00pm Wednesday July 10, 2019 8:00-4:30 ROE #51 Conference Room, 2201 South Dirksen Parkway, Springfield, IL 62703
Refresher Registration deadline Wednesday July 17 2019 - 5:00pm Monday, July 22, 2019 6:00-8:00 PORTA Transportation Building 1120 North Fourth Street, Petersburg, IL 62675
Refresher Registration deadline Wednesday July 17 2019 - 5:00pm Tuesday, July 23, 2019 6:00-8:00 Riverton Middle School Cafeteria, 1014 East Lincoln Street, Riverton, IL
Initial Registration deadline Wednesday, July 25, 2019 Monday, July 29, 2019 8:00-4:00 ROE #51 Conference Room, 2201 South Dirksen Parkway, Springfield, IL 62703
Refresher Registration deadline Monday July 29, 2019 - 5:00pm Friday, August 2, 2019 9:00-11:00 First Student Bus Service - 555 South Dirksen Parkway Building #2, Springfield, IL 62702
Refresher Registration deadline Friday, August 2, 2019 - 5:00pm Thursday August 8, 2019 9:00-11:00 New Berlin High School Library 300 East Ellis Street, New Berlin IL
Initial Registration deadline Monday, August 12, 2019-noon Tuesday, August 13, 2019 8:00-4:00 Regional Office of Education #51, Conference Room, 2201 South Dirksen Parkway, Springfield, IL 62703
Refresher Registration deadline Wednesday September 11, 2018 - 5:00pm Monday September 16, 2019 5:30-7:30 First Student Bus Service - 555 South Dirksen Parkway Building #2, Springfield, IL 62702
Refresher Registration deadline Friday, October 4, 2019 - 5:00pm Wednesday October 9, 2019 5:30-7:30 First Student Bus Service - 555 South Dirksen Parkway Building #2, Springfield, IL 62702
Refresher Registration deadline Friday, November 8, 2019 - 5:00pm Wednesday, November 13, 2019 5:30-7:30 Rochester Elementary School Cafeteria 2-3 Center - 456 Education Avenue
Rochester, Illinois 62563

Pre-registration is required for all classes by completing the pre-registration form on line. Direct questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (217) 753-6620.

Directions to Training Locations:

ROE 51 Office: 2201 South Dirksen Parkway, Springfield, IL 62703

From North: Travel South on I-55 take Exit 96B for Illinois 29 toward South Grand Ave. Merge IL-29W toward South Grand Avenue – Turn left onto South Dirksen Parkway travel about 1 mile – ROE #51 is on right

From South: Keep right at the fork to stay on I-55 North, follow signs for I-73East/Chicago/Decatur. Take exit 96B for IL-29W toward South Grand Avenue – Turn left onto South Dirksen Parkway travel about 1 mile – ROE #51 is on right

Ball Chatham Bus Garage

From North: Travel South on 5th Street (5th Street becomes I-55 South), Continue on I-55 South, Take Exit #88.East Lake Drive veer right onto Palm Road, go 1.2 miles turn right on Chatham Road, Go 0.5 miles to 481 Chatham Road, Turn right into the Chatham Intermediate School Parking Lot, Follow the Drive on the West end of the parking lot behind the school to the Bus Garage.

From South: Travel North on I-55, Take Exit #88 East Lake Drive turn left onto Palm Road, go 1.4 miles turn right on Chatham Road, Go 0.5 miles to 481 Chatham Road, Turn right into the Chatham Intermediate School Parking Lot, Follow the Drive on the West end of the parking lot behind the school to the Bus Garage

First Student: 555 South Dirksen Parkway Building #2, Springfield, IL 62702

From North:From I55 South take Exit 98B for Illinois 97 West Clear Lake Ave, Merge onto IL 97 E / East Clear Lake Ave, Turn Left onto South Dirksen Parkway Destination will be on the right.

From South: Enter Springfield on I-55 North. Take Exit 96B to merge onto Illinois 29 North towards South Grand. Turn right onto South Dirksen Parkway. Destination will be on the left.

Bus Driver Training Online Payment

Independent Bus Drivers Only.

Online payment is available for your convenience.

Please note that the online registration must be completed for us to process your request.

Bus Driver Training $10.00

School Bus Driver Manual

School Bus Driver Manual
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