As of December
27, 2013, DMV no longer conducts TSA Threat Assessments and fingerprinting for
persons applying for HAZMAT endorsements. Part 383.23 (c) (3) of the Federal
Motor Carrier Safety Regulations prohibit a person with a CDL beginner’s permit
from obtaining a hazardous materials endorsement (HAZMAT). Also, any applicant
requesting a Hazmat endorsement (X or H) on an original CDL must submit
fingerprints, submit to a background check and obtain security clearance from
the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) before issuance of an
original CDL that includes a Hazmat endorsement.
The South Carolina
Department of Motor Vehicles (SCDMV) implemented provisions of the USA PATRIOT
Act (Public Law 107-56 enacted by Congress on October 25, 2001) that apply to
commercial drivers transporting hazardous materials.
DMV cannot issue,
renew or upgrade a commercial driver's license with a HAZMAT endorsement until
the driver completes a new application, is fingerprinted and the background
check is complete. DMV provides an information sheet (DL-400-IS) regarding the requirements for
obtaining hazardous materials endorsements. Please note that office locations
and information is subject to change based on TSA requirements.
The primary impact
to CDL drivers is the need for a background records check before a hazardous
materials endorsement can be issued or renewed. Drivers must submit a
background records check application to the TSA for approval. The TSA
background records check fingerprint fee is $86.50. This cost does not include
the regular application, license and knowledge test fees at a DMV office.
For more information
about HAZMAT, click here.
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