STATE OF CALIFORNIA
DEPARTMENT OF CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL
CHP 296A (Rev 01/98) OPI 062
HOW TO OBTAIN OR RENEW
A SCHOOL BUS CONTRACTOR’S LICENSE
INITIAL OR RENEWAL LICENSE APPLICATION (required for new service, change of ownership or
control, or for annual renewal of an existing license)
Complete the application for a SCHOOL BUS CONTRACTOR’S LICENSE (CHP 296). Please
use a typewriter or print legibly. Any questions concerning the application or the issuance of the
license should be directed to the California Highway Patrol, Commercial Vehicle Section, by telephone
at (916) 445-1865, hearing impaired 1-800-735-2929 TT/TDD), or by mail to P. O. Box 942898,
Sacramento, CA 94298-0001.
The completed application accompanied by the appropriate fee shall be mailed to the California
Highway Patrol, Accounting Section, P. O. Box 942902, Sacramento, CA 94298-2902. Do not send
cash. Checks and money orders should be made payable to the California Highway Patrol.
There is no grace period for a license and the operation of school buses must cease immediately
upon expiration of the license. A contractor who has mailed the application (CHP 296) and paid the
license fee, including the penalty fee for a late renewal, may use either of the following as a temporary
license for not more than 30 days following expiration:
a copy of the completed application for a license and a copy of the check or money order
indicating payment of the fee; or,
telegraphic money order receipt or copy thereof, made payable to the California Highway Patrol
indicating payment of appropriate fee for the license.
RIGHT TO PRIVACY (Information Practices Act)
Information requested on the application (CHP 296) is required by the California Code of Regulations
and the California Vehicle Code. Failure to provide the information will be cause for not issuing a
license. The information is required to establish license eligibility.
Information collected may be
released to other law enforcement agenci