The federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation have issued rules to secure the transport of hazardous materials, including explosives. This letter is intended to serve as notification of these new requirements.
The rules require a security threat assessment on commercial drivers certified to transport hazardous materials (Hazmat). The security threat assessment includes the collection of an individual’s fingerprints, and verification of United States Citizenship, immigration eligibility or permanent legal presence in the United States. A summary of the CDL Hazmat endorsement application process and a list of disqualifying crimes have been included with this mailing. Additional information concerning these new federal rules can be found at www.tsa.gov.
Under current federal regulations, states were required to implement the security threat assessment requirements on January 31, 2005 for new applicants, and no later than May 31, 2005 for renewal and state-to-state transfer applicants. After the implementation deadlines, no CDL with a Hazmat endorsement may be issued unless the applicant has first undergone the security threat assessment and obtained clearance from the Transportation Security Administration.
Current holders of a CDL, with a Hazmat endorsement, who do not meet the qualification requirements described in this notification, are required to proceed to the nearest Deputy Registrar agency for immediate removal of the endorsement from the CDL. If otherwise qualified and all applicable fees are paid, the applicant may be issued a CDL without a Hazmat endorsement.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recommends that applications for a security threat assessment be filed at least 30 days prior to the expiration of a Commercial Driver's License, with a Hazmat endorsement, to allow time for a security threat assessment to be completed. However, recently it has taken up to seven weeks for drivers to receive their threat assessment results from TSA. Therefore, Ohio is strongly recommending that CDL drivers begin their renewal process, upon receipt of this notification, to avoid the possibility of being ineligible to maintain a Hazmat endorsement when renewing their Commercial Driver’s License.
Ohio CDL drivers must also complete a hazardous material written examination, given at any Driver Examination Station, to maintain their Hazmat endorsement at renewal. CDL written and skill test results are valid for 180 days.