Hazardous Materials Endorsement
In addition to a commercial driver's license (CDL), federal and state laws require a hazardous materials (HAZMAT) endorsement on your CDL before you can legally transport hazardous material. According to government regulations, hazardous materials may include:
- Some solids.
- Flammable and combustible liquids.
- Other materials that may cause harm.
Without a HAZMAT endorsement, you may be limited in what you are allowed to transport with a standard commercial driver's license.
To satisfy the requirement for a CDL HAZMAT endorsement, you must first meet the following basic eligibility criteria:
- You are a U.S. citizen or can provide proof of legal status in the United States.
- You have a valid U.S. commercial driver's license of the proper class.
- You are of legal age to operate a HAZMAT vehicle.
- You are willing to complete the TSA background check.
- You do not have a record of disqualifying criminal offenses; examples include:
- Warrants or indictment for a felony.
- Immigration violations.
Once you possess a Class A, B, or C CDL, you may begin the application process for a hazardous materials (HAZMAT) endorsement. While the process may differ slightly according to your state, below is an example of the basic steps:
- Fill out the hazardous material endorsement application (available through your state's DMV or the TSA).
- Complete a medical screening.
- Pass a written exam.
- Submit a TSA background security screening.
- This is the most crucial difference between HAZMAT endorsement applications and applying for other endorsement types. Please see below for details on this screening.
- Pay the proper fee.
Keep in mind that in order to operate special types of commercial vehicles with hazardous material, additional CDL endorsements may be required. A few of the common endorsements you may need to apply along with your HAZMAT endorsement (H) include:
- N Endorsement: Allows for operation of a tanker.
- X Endorsement: Allows for operation of a tanker and the transportation of hazardous material.
For each CDL endorsement you apply for, you'll need to pass a state examination. This examination will test your knowledge of:
- Federal and state HAZMAT regulations.
- Your role in the transportation process.
- How to safely load and unload shipments.
Before your state can issue a CDL with a hazardous materials endorsement, you are required to complete the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) security threat assessment. You can enroll or pre-enroll:
- Online by filling out an online pre-enrollment form HERE.
- In person* by making an appointment at your local enrollment center*. OR Calling (855) 347-8371.
Once you have enrolled or pre-enrolled (or visited your DMV if you are in one of the states listed above), follow the steps below:
- Visit an authorized application center .
- Provide your:
- Original or certified copy identification documents - please reference the TSA's complete list of acceptable documents HERE. This includes:
- 1 document from List A. OR 2 documents from List B.
- Have your photograph taken.
- Pay the following applicable fee, valid for 5 years:
- New applicants - standard: $86.50.
- Reduced rate: $67.
- You are eligible for the reduced rate fee IF you already have a valid TWIC card AND your state accepts the TWIC threat assessment instead of the HAZMAT assessment.