If you intend to carry or transport hazardous materials, you’ll be required to get HAZMAT Endorsement. Hazardous materials are those that may pose a risk to health, safety and property during transportation, as defined by the U.S. Government Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). Examples of hazardous materials are gases, explosives, transmission fluids and flammable liquids among others.

 

Basic Requirements to Get HAZMAT Endorsement

You may apply for HAZMAT Endorsement if you are any of the following:

  • US citizen
  • Lawful permanent resident 
  • Naturalized citizen
  • Nonimmigrant alien
  • Asylee or refugee who is in lawful status

You must also meet the following general requirements:

  • Have a valid CDL license or permit (Class A, B or C).
  • Must be 21 years old or older
  • Must have valid identification. You can check here for more details.
  • Must be fingerprinted
  • Pass background check
  • No disqualifying offense 
  • Not adjudicated as mentally incompetent or was involuntarily committed to a mental institution
  • Valid medical examiner’s certificate (DOT Card)
  • Medical waiver, if applicable
  • Pass vision test
  • Pass HAZMAT written exam
  • Payment of applicable fees

 

Steps in Getting HAZMAT Endorsement

If you meet the above basic requirements as well as the additional requirements your state may have, you can go ahead and start getting HAZMAT Endorsement by following these steps:

1. Completing the TSA HAZPRINT driver application online or by calling the HAZPRINT Help Desk.

This step should be done before going to a fingerprint capture location. If you have questions about the online application form, you may also contact the Help Desk for assistance.

2. Getting Fingerprinted.

There are over 200 fixed and mobile sites across the United States where fingerprints are collected. You can check out the Hazardous Materials Endorsement Enrollment website or contact the Help Desk for more information on your nearest fingerprint location. 

To be fingerprinted, you’ll need to provide a valid identification: one primary identification or two secondary identifications and one of them should be your CDL or instruction permit. 

3. Security Threat Assessment

Based on the information you provided in your HAZPRINT application, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will conduct a threat assessment. The result of this assessment will be available through the TSA’s online portal. You will also receive a letter from TSA indicating the result of your assessment. You’ll have to take this letter to the Motor Vehicle Division office as proof that you have been cleared for issuance of the HAZMAT endorsement.

TSA’s target date to complete the threat assessment is 30 days from the date you submitted your fingerprints. It may take longer if there are issues with your eligibility or documents. Do not contact your DMV if you do not have the result of the assessment yet.

4. Written Exam

The hazardous materials written exam should be taken at your state’s DMV office and you can only take it after completing the TSA assessment. 

Cost to Get HAZMAT Endorsement

The total cost of getting HAZMAT Endorsement is around $100 and may slightly vary by state. You can pay using a credit card or electronic check, but not cash.

 

Considering the more expensive rate of transporting hazardous materials, it is worth considering getting HAZMAT Endorsement.