Welcome to the Illinois Department of Transportation's (IDOT)
School Bus Inspection Search website. The Department's goal is to offer school
bus inspection information to the public to enhance the Department's
transportation safety mission. This website is part of IDOT's ongoing effort to
provide information to the public. We appreciate your interest in school bus
IDOT's Division of Traffic Safety is responsible for regulating and overseeing
both scheduled and nonscheduled school bus inspections (roughly 60,000 are
performed annually). Scheduled inspections are conducted at approximately 250
Illinois Official Testing Stations located across the state of Illinois.
Scheduled inspections are performed by Certified Safety Testers who are employed
at Illinois Official Testing Stations. In addition to these scheduled
inspections, over 5,500 nonscheduled inspections are conducted by IDOT vehicle
inspectors annually. Nonscheduled or "unannounced" inspections are performed
wherever a school bus may be stored or parked.
The School Bus Inspection Search provided on this website is designed to search
by a specific school bus license plate number and offer scheduled inspection
information. The information displayed will indicate the last scheduled
inspection that resulted in a Certificate of Safety being issued to the school
bus displaying that license plate on the day of that inspection. Certificates of
Safety are issued only after a school bus meets all of the prescribed inspection
criteria established by the Department.
Information on this site is believed to be accurate but is "unofficial," as
updates often involve a time lag. Official documents are maintained at the
Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety. Should you
have any questions concerning the results displayed, please contact the Division
of Traffic Safety, Vehicle Inspection Unit at (217) 785-1181.