Initial inspections are required prior to issuance of license plates and registration. All school vehicles must be inspected by the MVC School Bus Inspection Unit.
To apply for S1 or S2 license plates and registration for the first time:
Vehicles registered for school transportation are inspected twice a year. View a sample inspection checklist [213k pdf].
If you cannot make your scheduled inspection, you must notify the School Bus Inspection Unit in writing at least 24 hours prior to the inspection. Fax all notifications to (609) 984-9532
Any vehicle used to transport school children must comply with the inspection requirements, certified by displaying the MVC issued inspection sticker. If you do not display the sticker, your vehicle is subject to penalties and fines.
Unannounced inspections are performed monthly as part of the Governor’s School Bus Safety Task Force.
Use the related links on the right to find more information about school buses in New Jersey's Administrative Code.
You must report an accident involving a School Bus within 72 hours to the School Bus Inspection Unit (609) 633-9473.