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HazMat Endorsements

Federal requirements for Hazmat drivers include:

  • Completion of a HAZMAT knowledge test
  • Completion of a Federal Security Threat Assessment
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship or appropriate immigration status
  • FBI Fingerprint check
  • Federal criminal history background check; and
  • Additional fees for fingerprinting and background check.

Please complete the Federal Security Threat Assessment at least 2 weeks before your scheduled appointment. Applicants must complete the Federal Security Threat Assessment online at, or call 855-DHS-UES1 (855-347-8371) between 8am – 10pm prior to taking the Vermont endorsement examination. 

Procedure for obtaining a TSA Security Threat Assessment

Applicants must complete the  Federal Security Threat Assessment online at, or call 855-DHS-UES1 (855-347-8371) between 8am – 10pm 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 prior to arriving at a fingerprint capture location. It cannot be completed at the fingerprinting site.

Security Threat Assessment

Based on the data provided on the Federal Security Threat Assessment 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, the applicant should call 855-DHS-UES1 (855-347-8371) between 8am – 10pm, Mon. – Fri.

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.

Hazardous Materials Endorsement Renewal

At license renewal time, those commercial vehicle drivers who wish to keep their hazardous materials endorsement must take and pass the hazardous materials endorsement knowledge test. This ensures that drivers who transport hazardous materials or hazardous waste are knowledgeable about regulations concerning the handling of hazardous materials.

This test must be passed before you renew your commercial driver license. If you do not take the hazardous materials endorsement test, or you do not pass the test, your CDL can be renewed without the hazardous materials endorsement. The endorsement can be added to the CDL after the test has been passed. However, you cannot transport placarded hazardous materials without this endorsement.

NOTE: To assure sufficient time to schedule this test, appointment scheduling should be made well in advance.

The U.S.A. Patriot Act mandates that a background check be conducted prior to issuance of a CDL Hazmat endorsement (this includes renewals).

A threat assessment is required for any driver seeking to obtain, renew and transfer a hazardous materials endorsement on a state-issued commercial driver’s license.

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How can I get a new photo on my License, Permit or ID?

You must get a new picture taken at least once for every other renewal. You may get a new photo at any time for any reason (for a fee). Complete the required documents and schedule an appointment to visit an office.

What is REAL ID?

Passed by Congress in 2005, the REAL ID Act enacted the 9/11 Commission's recommendation that the Federal Government “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver's licenses.” The Act established minimum security standards for state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for official purposes licenses and identification cards from states that do not meet these standards. These purposes are:

  • Accessing Federal facilities
  • Boarding federally regulated commercial aircraft
  • Entering nuclear power plants
Will CDL drivers be required to surrender their unexpired license if they renew early?

No. The current license will be voided and handed back. You should carry the old license with your temporary until the new license arrives. 

Can a driver holding a valid out-of-state license (either CDL or non-CDL) drive a Type II School Bus in the State of Vermont?

If the driver meets all qualifications for a Vermont Type II School Bus endorsement a card will be issued to the individual allowing them to drive a Type II School Bus in this state. These requirements include attending a Vermont school bus clinic, passing all required tests (knowledge, vision, and skill tests), and submitting a medical form.

Can a school bus endorsement be added to an out-of-state CDL?

No, the school bus endorsement must be added by the state that issued the CDL.

Can a driver holding an out-of-state CDL drive a school bus for a Vermont school?

Yes, if their license has both an "S" (school bus) and "P" (passenger) endorsement. There are no additional requirements.