If you're planning to drive students in the State of South Carolina, you must follow the information found in the charts below. These requirements apply when transporting students to or from school, school-related activities, or child care.

Type of
Facility 
Type of
Vehicle Required
The Number of Passengers the  
Vehicle is Rated to Transport 

 10 to 15  16 or more
 CDL Required
School
(Public or Private)
School bus*
(any size)
No CDL required,
driver will need
USDOT Medical Certificate
CDL with
passenger
endorsement
required,
either a Class B
or Class C,
depending on
the gross vehicle
weight registered
of the vehicle
Daycare School bus*
(any size)
 No CDL required,
driver will need
USDOT Medical Certificate
Church
with daycare
School bus*
(any size)
No CDL required,
driver will need
USDOT Medical Certificate
Church
without daycare
No school bus
required
No CDL required
 *A school bus is identified by the manufacturer's label located inside the vehicle.
The label should have a classification or vehicle type which would indicate a school bus.
The label must say the vehicle meets federal school bus standards.

 SC Code Section 56-5-195