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.
- 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
FINGERPRINTING AND THE APPLICATION
- 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.
- 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
On-line check for Pending Haz Mat Endorsement Applications
- 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.
- 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.
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