School Bus Inspections

IDOT is responsible for regulating and overseeing both scheduled and non-scheduled school bus inspections.  Scheduled inspections are conducted at approximately 250 official testing stations located across Illinois.  In addition to these scheduled inspections, over 5,500 non-scheduled inspections are conducted by IDOT Vehicle Inspectors annually. Non-scheduled or "unannounced" inspections are performed wherever a school bus may be stored or parked.

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Laws and Regulations

Letters to School Bus Operators and Transportation Officials

Inspection Locations

Scheduled Inspections are performed by certified safety testers who are employed at Illinois Official Testing Stations.

Certificates of Safety are issued only after a school bus meets all of the prescribed inspection criteria established by IDOT.

Inspection Records

To obtain information about the bus inspection records, please contact our office at 217-785-1181.

Contact Us

Dan Thompson
Illinois Department of Transportation
Division of Transportation Safety
1340 North Ninth Street
Springfield, IL  62702
Phone:  (217) 782-3046