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Minnesota State Patrol

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

School Bus Safety

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Sto​​p for School Buses: It's the Law!

  • Report stop arm violations

    State law requires all vehicles to stop for school buses when the bus driver activates the flashing lights and has the stop-arm fully extended.
  • Drivers who violate the law face a $500 fine.
  • Drivers can face more severe criminal charges for passing a school bus on the right, passing when a child is outside the bus, or injuring or killing a child.  


  • Motorists must stop at least 20 feet from a school bus that is displaying red flashing lights and an extended stop-​arm.  Motorists traveling in the opposite direction on a divided roadway are not required to stop .
  • Motorists should slow down, pay attention and anticipate school children and buses, especially in neighborhoods and school zones.
  • The best way to be aware of your surroundings at all times is to put the distractions away.


  • When getting off a bus, look to be sure no cars are passing on the shoulder.
  • Wait for the bus driver to signal that it's safe to cross.
  • When crossing the street to get on the bus or to go home, make eye contact with motorists before proceeding.​

Citations by Year


Annual Stop-Arm Survey

Each year, bus drivers across the state participate in a one-day stop-arm Survey


​Number of Drivers​

​Number of Violations Observed

















Teaching Aids

School Bus A​​ware: The​​​​ Way to Success

Learn the school bus essentials. Share this brochure with your students and parents so everyone understands the fundementals of riding the bus safely. Click the image to see the full brochure. Click the title above to learn how to order printed brochures.  

Be​​ Ready to Ride

Drive​​rs and students share the responsibility of making the trip to and from school safely. Please watch and share this brief video describing how you can Be Ready to Ride




Lt. Brian Re​u
​(651) 350-2007
​Chief Inspector
CVI S​gt. Hudson
​(651) 350-2008

​​Regional Troopers​

Sgt. ​​Chad​ Dauffenbach
​(612) 516-0210
Sgt. ​Mike Krukowski
​(612) 615-2690
Sgt. ​Kelly Johnson
​(612) 516-4369​​​

Regional ​Inspectors​​ - 

See map for regions​​​

Patrick​ Bigelow​​
​(612) 432-8731​
Dan Hoesly
(651) 247-8156
Matt Lewandoski​
(952) 856-9096
Brad Jamison
(952) 923-4339
Daniel Kronick
​(651) 373-1005
​Mike Tester​
​​(952) 856-9162
Michael Hoberg
​(651) 276​​-2781​
Steven Nyberg
(507) 429-5008
​SouthwestTravis Luetgers
​(763) 710-1318
Whendy Gass
​(612) 655-5549
Cynthia Harms
​(320) 345-0018
​Lee Tradewell
​(218) 849-1377
Curtis Bye
(320) ​372-0370
Cassandra Dinehart​​​
​​(218) 780-9982​



Pre-Trip Inspection ​Forms​

School Bus Pre-trip Inspection Forms

Type III School Bus Pre-trip Inspection Forms 

Other Forms/Links 

Authorized Criminal History Check Providers

Pre-Registration Certificate​

Driver Applicant Affidavit

Medical Waiver Forms for School Bus Drivers

Post-crash Drug & Alcohol Testing Requirements - CDL Holder

Post-crash Inspection Requirements

Request for Presentation

Department of Public Safety Rules and State Laws Pertaining to Pupil Transportation

DVS vehicle inspection checklist (for CDL exam)

Driver Training File Requirements

Notification to Employer of Driving Violation - CDL Holder

Notification to Employer of Suspension, Revocation, Cancelation or Disqualification - CDL Holder

Notification to Employer of Driving Violation - Type III School Bus Driver​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​