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Eligibility

HAZMAT Endorsement Threat Assessment Program

You must be a U.S. Citizen; natural, lawful permanent resident; naturalized citizen; or a nonimmigrant alien, asylee, or refugee who is in lawful status and possess valid and unrestricted documentation establishing eligibility for employment. You may not have a disqualifying criminal offense, be adjudicated as mentally incompetent, or be involuntarily committed to a mental institution. Additionally, you may not pose a threat to national or transportation security.

You must have a valid CDL license or CDL permit (as long as the permit number is the number that will be used on the permanent CDL license) prior to applying for a TSA Hazardous Materials Endorsement Security Threat Assessment.

The TSA security threat assessment is valid for up to five years. Commercial licenses and hazardous materials endorsements are renewed based on a cycle determined by the state in compliance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) rules and regulations. The FMCSA has issued a companion rule to TSA’s HAZMAT Interim Final Rule requiring states to limit their CDL renewal cycles to a maximum of 5 years. A state may require a renewal cycle of less than five years and certain states have done so, thus requiring you to  complete a TSA security threat assessment more frequently than once every five years.

Per state requirements, you may be required to satisfactorily complete written competency tests as a prerequisite to the issuance of a new, renewed, or transferred HME.  Each driver must be tested on their knowledge and skills for the commercial motor vehicle group(s) for which they desire a CDL.

Latest revision: 12 January 2013