Hazardous Materials (HazMat) License Endorsement
The federal requirements for Hazmat drivers include:
- Completion of a HAZMAT knowledge test
- Completion of a Federal Security Threat Assessment Application
- Proof of U.S. citizenship or proof of appropriate immigration status
- Fingerprints taken for the FBI database
- Federal criminal history background check; and
- Additional fees for fingerprinting and background check. See website www.hazprints.com
Each time a CDL with a HAZMAT Endorsement is issued, or renewed, the applicant is required to complete this process. Drivers who re-certify and have their fingerprints taken early allow ample time for the federal criminal history background check to be completed. Applicants who wait could risk having their license expire before DMV receives the necessary federal approval.
Procedure for obtaining a TSA Security Threat Assessment
Completing the Application:
Applicants must complete the TSA HazPrint Application online at https://hazprints.tsa.dhs.gov, or by calling the 877-HAZPRIN (877.429.7746) prior to taking the endorsements examination. The operator will guide the applicant through the process and ensure the application is completed correctly. The applicant can also call the Service Center at any time if he or she has any questions about the website. It is important to note that the application must be completed either on-line or via telephone through the Driver Service Center prior to arriving at the fingerprint capture location. It cannot be completed at the fingerprinting site.
There are over 100 fixed and mobile sites nationwide. The HazPrint website, https://hazprints.tsa.dhs.gov, or the Driver Service Center, 877.429.7746 provides the most up-to- date listings of current locations, operating hours and driving directions to the site of the applicant's choice. Applicants from any of the participating states can be fingerprinted at any of the fingerprinting sites, even sites outside of their home state. Applicants will be required to provide two (2) forms of identification prior to being fingerprinted. Please refer to the List of Acceptable Primary and Secondary Forms of Identification on the HazPrint website (https://hazprints.tsa.dhs.gov) or contact the Driver Service Center (877.429.7746) for details. In addition, the applicant will be asked at the fingerprint site to review and electronically sign the application to verify accuracy of the information.
Please Note: Staff at the fingerprint capture location will only be able to collect and forward the electronic TSA HazPrint Application and fingerprints. They do not have access to specific information about the program, nor will they receive status reports after the submission of the application and fingerprints are made.
Security Threat Assessment:
Based on the data provided on the TSA HazPrint Application, TSA will perform a threat assessment for each applicant. The results of this assessment will be provided directly to the applicant's State DMV. The applicant will also receive a letter from TSA with the results of the assessment.
If the applicant has not received a letter from TSA in approximately 4 weeks after he or she has been fingerprinted, information on the status of the application should contact the Driver Service Center.
Following these basic steps will improve both the timeliness and accuracy of the process and ensure the best overall service for all applicants.
Standards for Security Threat Assessment
A Hazardous Materials Endorsement may not be obtained, renewed or transferred if the applicant:
- Is not a citizen of the United States or a lawful permanent resident of the United States.
Has a disqualifying criminal offense (must be a felony) for which the applicant was either convicted or found not guilty by reason of insanity in any jurisdiction, civil or military of any of the following:
- A crime involving a severe transportation security incident
- Improper transportation of a hazardous material
- Unlawful possession, use, sale, distribution or manufacture of an explosive, explosive device, firearm or other weapon
- Conspiracy to commit any of these; or
Has one of the following disqualifying criminal offenses (must be a felony) for which the applicant was either convicted or found not guilty by reason of insanity in any jurisdiction, civil or military, during the 7 years prior to the application; and/or was released from incarceration for any of the listed offenses during the 5 years prior to application:
- Assault with intent to murder
- Kidnapping or hostage taking
- Rape or aggravated sexual abuse
- Immigration violations
- Dishonesty, fraud, or misrepresentation, including identity fraud
- Distribution of, intent to distribute, possession, or importation of a controlled substance
- Violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO)
- Conspiracy to commit any of the above
- Has been adjudicated as a mental defective (including a finding of insanity by a court and a finding of incompetence to stand trial by reason of lack of mental responsibility) or committed to a mental institution (does not include commitment for observation or voluntary admission).
If an individual does not meet these standards or if the individual has been notified by TSA that he/she has been determined to be a security risk, they must return their CDL to any of DMV’s offices for the purpose of having their Hazardous Materials Endorsement removed from their license. A new CDL without the Hazardous Materials Endorsement will be issued.
Additionally, all commercial vehicle drivers with a HME have a continuing responsibility to report any change of status that takes them out of compliance to the Department of Motor Vehicles within 24 hours and surrender the Hazardous Materials Endorsement.
Questions regarding the record check process or the status of your application should be addressed to the Driver Service Center at 877.429.7746.