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HAZMAT Endorsement Threat Assessment Program

TSA will not authorize a state to issue, renew, or transfer an HME if it determines that you do not meet the security threat assessment standards described in 49 C.F.R. Section 1572.5. TSA will generate a Preliminary Determination of Ineligibility (PDI) letter (containing the reasons(s) for the issuance of the determination and directions on how the applicant may request an extension of time, request releasable materials TSA used to make its decision, submit an appeal, or request a waiver.)

After a review of certain records, TSA may make a determination that you are potentially ineligible because of one or more of the following:

  • You may not qualify because of your lawful presence status
  • There is a significant discrepancy in your name as listed on your application and that contained in other records available to TSA
  • Potentially disqualifying open disposition/conviction (your criminal history record shows that you were convicted of a disqualifying criminal offense)
  • Lacking mental capacity (records available to TSA indicate that you have been committed to a mental institution or hospital)


You may provide any official records or documentation that you believe TSA should consider in reviewing the basis for the security threat assessment, such as:

Criminal History

  • The open disposition did not result in a conviction;
  • The criminal conviction referenced in your Preliminary Determination of Ineligibility (PDI) letter is incorrect, you received a pardon, or the conviction was expunged or overturned on appeal.


Mental Incapacity

  • You were not found to be lacking mental capacity or were not committed to a mental institution.


Lawful Presence Status

  • You are a citizen of the United States who nor renounced or lost his or her United States citizenship;
  • You are a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. as defined in section 101(a)(20) of the Immigration and Nationality Act;
  • You are in a lawful nonimmigrant status and possesses valid evidence of unrestricted employment authorization; or
  • You are a refugee admitted under U.S.C. 1157 and possesses valid evidence of unrestricted employment authorization or are an alien granted asylum.


All correspondence to TSA should have the TSA HAZMAT Request Cover Sheet attached to the front of your correspondence. This cover sheet may be found at the end of the Preliminary Determination of Ineligibility (PDI) letter and includes your TSA case number, full name, mailing address, and CDL number. Please change any information on this cover sheet that is incorrect. You should check one of the request boxes on the cover sheet and attach it to the front of your correspondence.
Correspondence must be mailed to:

Transportation Security Administration
TSA HAZPRINT Processing Center
P.O. Box 8117
Fredericksburg, VA 22404-8117

You may submit a request (typed or legibly written) to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) seeking releasable materials within 60 days from the date of service of the Preliminary Determination of Ineligibility (PDI) letter.

Latest revision: 19 January 2013