HAZMAT Threat Assessment Requirements

Threat Assessment Requirements

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. 

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