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HAZMAT INFORMATION

Fingerprinting and the Application Process

Licensing Procedures

Waiting for the Results

Appeals

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Hazmat Poster (430KB File Size - Need Adobe Acrobat Reader)

On-line check for Pending Haz Mat Endorsement Applications


The federal USA PATRIOT Act requires Commercial Driver License (CDL) holders to pass a national background check administered by the Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) before their licenses may be endorsed for transport of hazardous materials.

IMPORTANT DATES
  • Effective January 31, 2005, new or expired HAZMAT endorsement applicants must be fingerprinted, pass the required national-level background check, and present proof of residency prior to receiving the hazardous materials endorsement.


  • Effective April 1, 2005, all persons whose current HAZMAT-endorsed CDL expires on or after May 31, 2005, must be fingerprinted, pass the required national-level background check, and present proof of residency prior to receiving the hazardous materials endorsement.

FINGERPRINTING AND THE APPLICATION PROCESS

  • Fingerprinting must be done in a Driver License office at the same time the application for a HAZMAT endorsement is made.


  • An application form must be completed and turned in at the time of fingerprinting to be sent to TSA. The application is available on this site and at the Driver License offices. We suggest you download the application from this site and complete it, except for your signature, before reporting to the Driver License office for fingerprinting.

  • An application fee of $91 will be charged to cover costs of the background check process, in addition to the standard issuance fees for the CDL and for each endorsement.


  • Driver License Office Locations
    Hazmat Application Form
LICENSING PROCEDURES
  • New or Expired HAZMAT Applicants: You will be issued a Commercial Driver License without a HAZMAT endorsement on the day you apply. If your background check is approved by TSA, you will be mailed a new license with the HAZMAT endorsement.


  • Renewal of HAZMAT-endorsed CDLs: You must begin the background check process at least 30 days in advance of the expiration date on your license to avoid possible ineligibility to transport hazardous materials while awaiting the results. Your renewal notice will advise you of that date. When you apply for the background check, you will be issued a new license with a time-limited HAZMAT endorsement. If your background check is approved by TSA, you will be mailed a new license with a HAZMAT endorsement that is valid until your license next expires. CDLs with HAZMAT endorsements must be renewed every four years, and may be renewed up to one year before they expire.
WAITING FOR THE RESULTS
  • After completing the fingerprinting and application process, your information will be submitted to TSA to make the determination of eligibility.


  • Our Department will have no information on the status of TSA's assessment process until their final determination has been made.
On-line check for Pending Haz Mat Endorsement Applications
APPEALS
  • If you receive information from TSA that you did not pass the background check, you may apply for an appeal, or in some cases apply for a waiver.


  • The appeal must be made through TSA.
  • APPEAL PROCESS GUIDELINES
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