A CDL Hazmat endorsement allows you to transport hazardous materials. These typically include gases, explosives, or flammable or combustible materials.
If you wish to transport transport hazardous material, you must have a Hazmat endorsement. This endorsement ensures you can safely operate a vehicle carrying dangerous material. It protects you, the public, and the company you work for safe from harm or legal action should something happen. Additionally, the federal government requires the Hazmat endorsement tfor anyone transporting hazardous material.
Before you start the application process, you must have a valid CDL license or learner’s permit. Additionally, you must be at least 21-years-old, be a US citizen or permanent legal resident, and have a clean background.
To obtain your CDL Hazmat endorsement, there are a number of steps you must complete. Though every state has a slightly different process, the steps to obtain your CDL Hazmat endorsement typically include:
Complete a CDL Hazmat endorsement application. Your state will require you to complete this application at your local DMV or TSA office. Check your state’s Hazmat endorsement requirements before you begin.
Pass a medical screening. You need to show you’re physically able to operate a vehicle containing hazardous material. Passing the medical screening results in obtaining a Department of Transportation Medical card.
Take and pass the CDL Hazmat test. Prepare for your CDL Hazmat test by reading your state’s CDL handbook and taking online Hazmat practice tests. You’ll be tested on your knowledge of federal and state hazmat regulations, driver responsibilities, and how to safely unload and load hazardous material.
Submit TSA security clearance. Once you’ve passed your CDL Hazmat test, you must undergo and submit a TSA Background Security Clearance. You can register for this screening either online or at your local DMV. Additionally, you must provide your fingerprints and photograph.
Obtain your Hazmat endorsement. TSA will give you and your state official notice of completion after they’ve received all required documents. After your state gets their copy, you’ll have your CDL Hazmat endorsement.
You will be required to submit state-issued identification such as a driver’s license, social security card, or birth certificate as part of your application. The cost to obtain your Hazmat endorsement is typically between $80-$110.
Your CDL Hazmat endorsement is valid for up to five years. Renewing your endorsement typically involves taking a knowledge exam and undergoing training every three years.
Earning a Hazmat endorsement helps you stand out among other CDL drivers. It shows potential employers that you are qualified and dedicated to your job. Additionally, it provides more job opportunities, higher pay, and more favorable routes.