Important information for CDL drivers who already have or wish to apply for the hazardous material endorsement.

The USA PATRIOT Act, under the guidance of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requires that a state not issue to any individual a CDL license to
operate a commercial motor vehicle transporting in commerce a
hazardous material unless the Secretary of Transportation has first determined, upon receipt of a
notification that the individual does not pose a security risk warranting denial of the license.

Effective January 31, 2005, individuals applying for a
CDL license with a hazardous material endorsement for the first time (this includes individuals who have
previously had the endorsement but have since dropped it) must undergo and pass a criminal and other federal databases background check and meet certain
citizenship requirements before any state can issue the
hazardous material endorsement.

Effective May 31, 2005 all individuals renewing their
CDL license with the hazardous material endorsement must undergo and pass a criminal and other federal
databases background check and meet certain citizenship requirements before any state can renew the
CDL license with the hazardous material endorsement.

Prior to applying for or renewing their CDL license with a hazardous material endorsement you must fill out a background check application. You can only fill out the
application online or by phone. To fill it out online go to
www.hazprints.com or call 1- 877-hazprint (1-877-429-7746). You cannot fill the application out at the TSA
fingerprint site. After the application is filled out you can go to the TSA fingerprint site to submit your fingerprints. The TSA agent then forwards the application and
fingerprints to TSA and the FBI. TSA then notifies the individual and your state licensing agency of the results (TSA will only notify your state licensing agency of
Yes/Issue or No/Don ’ t Issue). Depending upon the results of the background check the person may then go to a driver license office and get the
hazardous
material endorsement
.

The cost for the background check which must be paid by the individual or his/her employer is $94.00. Payment by credit card can only be done over the internet or by
phone. The TSA agent will only accept money orders.

For locations or information involving the background check process, please visit
www.hazprints.com or call 1-877-hazprint (1-877-429-7746).

To see a list of disqualifying offenses and citizenship requirements click here

To contact TSA about the background checks please call 1-866-289-9673 or e-mail them at
patriotact@dhs.gov.

For those individuals who wish to appeal TSA ’ s decision or apply for a waiver, please call 1-866-289-9673 or e-mail them at
hazmatwaiver@dhs.com for more
information.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Individuals who already have the
hazardous material endorsement but would not pass the background check or are convicted of any of the
disqualifying offenses are required to immediately surrender their
hazardous material endorsement to any Driver License.
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