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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 inspection information.

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.


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