HAZMAT Endorsement Requirements
To be eligible for the HAZMAT endorsement, you must be a U.S. citizen or have legal status in the U.S. with a valid U.S. CDL. You must be of legal age to operate a HAZMAT vehicle and pass the TSA background check. To pass the background check and be eligible, you must not have a record of disqualifying criminal offenses, including robbery, warrants, indictment for a felony, or immigration violations.
You will need the following to receive the CDL HAZMAT endorsement:
- Valid commercial driver’s license for the state in which you are applying. Your CDL should not have serious road violations.
- Proof of your legal name.
- Proof of identity and date of birth.
- Proof of Social Security number.
- Proof you are a U.S. citizen or have permanent legal status.
- Valid medical examiner’s certificate or DOT medical card.
- Medical waiver, if applicable.
- Pass the Hazardous Materials Endorsement Knowledge Test.
- Pass vision screening test.
- Pass TSA criminal background check. This may take up to 60 days and has an additional fee.
Pay applicable endorsement and test fees
There are three types of CDL classes that determine the type of vehicle you may drive and how much you may tow. A Class A CDL class allows you to operate a vehicle with a GCWR of 26,001 if the vehicle you tow weighs more than 10,000 and a Class B CDL allows you to operate a vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds or operate any vehicle towing another vehicle that weighs less than 10,000 GVWR. With a Class C CDL, you can operate a Class C vehicle that transports hazardous materials.