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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has developed a program for conducting security threat assessments on drivers who transport hazardous materials. The program is a result of amendments to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and Transportation Security Regulations, based on the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001. (USA PATRIOT Act). The amendments establishes security threat assessment standards for determining if an individual poses a security threat warranting denial of an endorsement to transport hazardous material. The program also establishes procedures for an individual to request a waiver from the standards and for appealing a security assessment determination.
Persons making “new” applications for a hazardous material endorsement are required by TSA to undergo a security threat assessment prior to the issuance of the endorsement. Ohio will be utilizing TSA agents to collect and transmit required applicant information, fingerprints and fees to TSA. There is a fee of $89.25 to perform the required security threat assessment for Hazardous Material Endorsement (HME) applicants.
An application must be completed prior to arriving at a TSA agency for fingerprint collection. To complete your application or obtain additional information about the process, please contact the TSA Call Center at 855-DHS-UES1 (855-347-8371) or visit their Website at https://hazprints.tsa.dhs.gov.
Drivers who wish to renew or transfer their hazardous material endorsements must visit a TSA agent to complete the required security threat assessment. A driver will also be required to visit a Driver Exam Station to complete a written examination to continue to maintain a hazardous material endorsement. Once the applicant successfully completes the written test and has been cleared by TSA to transport hazardous material, the individual may proceed to a Deputy Registrar to apply for the renewal of the endorsement.
A driver will receive a renewal notification from the Ohio BMV approximately 60 days prior to the expiration of the hazardous material endorsement. In an effort to avoid the possibility of the driver’s hazmat endorsement expiring prior to receiving security clearance from the TSA, Ohio will be encouraging the driver to begin the renewal process, as soon as possible, after receipt of their 60-day renewal notice.
The Ohio BMV will not be involved with the TSA's hearings, appeals, or waivers. If a driver wishes to appeal the TSA decision to deny the hazardous material endorsement, their request must be submitted, in writing, along with any requested supporting written documentation, directly to the TSA at the address listed below:
Transportation Security Administration Headquarters
Hazmat Waiver/Appeal Process
601 South 12th Street
Arlington, VA 22202
Please disseminate this information to all of your employees that currently hold a commercial driver's license with a hazmat endorsement or to any individual that may be considering obtaining a hazmat endorsement in the future. See Attachment A for information regarding disqualifying criminal offenses and citizenship status requirements.
For further information you may visit the TSA Web site at www.tsa.gov or call the TSA Contact Center at 1-866-289-9673. If you would like to review the entire Patriot Act, you can find the information on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Web site at www.fmcsa.dot.gov. For questions regarding the regulations, you may send electronic inquiries to the Transportation Security Administration at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
New rules require persons making new applications for a Hazardous Material endorsement to their CDL to undergo the Security Threat Assessment, which includes a background check and fingerprinting. Current holders of CDL hazmat endorsements will also be required to undergo the screening.
For up-to-date information on enrollment center locations, where you must submit your fingerprints and complete your enrollment, and the program enrollments they offer, please visit https://universalenroll.dhs.gov. Individuals may contact TSA to inquire about their enrollment status by calling 855-DHS-UES1 (855-347-8371) 8am – 10pm Eastern, Monday through Friday.For more information, license holders and applicants are encouraged to contact TSA at email@example.com. The regulations are available for review on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website at www.fmcsa.dot.gov or by visiting the TSA website.