Safety Tip of the Week: What is Type 2 Driver Licensing?

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This week Wendy Couture, the district’s safety and risk reduction manager, shares information about Type 2 Driver Licensing.

What is Type 2 Driver Licensing?

Did you know that in an effort to ensure the safety of students and staff and to meet a reasonable standard of care, our Transportation Department has developed a Type 2 Driver Licensing protocol? Employees who may need to drive a district vehicle, either to transport students or for some other work-related activity, are invited to complete a short training course through the district Transportation Department. The 1.5 hour class consists of an explanation of district requirements and a presentation on defensive driving. While not a mandatory class, this is provided to those interested in learning more about Type 2 Driver Licensing.

The last class of the school year is on Wednesday, June 7 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Transportation Department, 3000 R.W. Johnson Road in Tumwater. If interested in taking this course, register by emailing the school district’s driver trainer at

Type 2 Requirements

Drivers must meet and continue to meet the requirements of this district as follows:

  • Valid Washington state driver’s license.
  • Successfully complete Type 2 Authorization Course through Transportation or Safe Schools as required by the Transportation Department.
  • Proof of personal vehicle insurance.

Why is this important? Student and staff safety is our top priority! If you were unaware of the safety requirements surrounding transporting students in a district vehicle and are interested in learning more, please contact the district Transportation Department at (360) 596-7700 or see information on the district website Staff Resources page.