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Old 09-18-2018, 11:58 AM   #1
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First conversion step, getting street legal?

Hello all!

I've got a bit of an odd question and would like some opinions on it. I'm looking at buying a bus soon. In Illinois, to drive something over 26,001 lbs GVWR, you'll need a Class B license. I've already taken my written exam and received the permit for a non-CDL Class B license, which will be valid for a year. In order to take the driving test, the bus needs to be in a street legal condition, which according to Illinois law, "recipient of such school bus shall be responsible for immediately removing, covering, or concealing the "SCHOOL BUS" signs and any other insignia or words indicating the vehicle is a school bus, rendering inoperable or removing entirely the stop signal arm and flashing signal system, and painting the school bus a different color."

Covering the SCHOOL BUS signs and disabling the stop arm and flashers should be easy enough, but painting might be a different story. Do people paint their bus so early in the process? Should I get the bus to a street legal state so I can take my drivers test? Or just wait until the bus is more-or-less complete and take the test then? I just worry that conversion will take longer than expected, and my permit will expire before I'm able to take my driving test.

Thanks for any responses!
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