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How long is a DOT (Department of Transportation) physical good for?

A DOT physical is good for 2 years and will be accepted by DMV (including for testing purposes) as long as valid.

Can I use a Universal Medical Form for the physical required to get a school bus endorsement?

A Universal Medical Form will be accepted for Type II School Bus endorsements only. While they are good for the duration of the license (4 years mandatory) they must be submitted to DMV (when adding or renewing the school bus endorsement) within 6 months of date of physical.

Do school bus drivers need to have a physical done each year?

Physicals are required to be submitted to the driver's school annually.