HazMat Regulations

TSA has granted a Temporary Exemption for TSA requirements for the Hazardous Materials Endorsement for those CDL drivers who are renewing their Hazardous Materials Endorsement until December 27, 2022.  This exemption does not apply to new HMEs.


SUMMARY: TSA is granting a temporary exemption from requirements regarding the expiration of TSA Security Threat Assessments (STAs) for Hazardous Materials Endorsement (HME) holders, subject to requirements set forth in this exemption. For the duration of this exemption, states may extend the expiration date of an HME that expires between July 1, 2022 and December 27, 2022, for a period of up to 180 days. TSA has determined it is in the public interest to grant the exemption at this time to ensure that the HME renewal process does not exacerbate the current difficulties with the transfer and movement of cargo nationwide and at the ports. TSA may extend this exemption depending on HME enrollment volumes and supply chain challenges.

DATES: This exemption becomes effective on September 15, 2022 and remains in effect through December 27, 2022, unless otherwise modified by TSA through a notice published in the Federal Register.

State Exemption. During the effective period of this exemption, states are exempt from the requirement in 49 CFR 1572.13(a) prohibiting renewal of an eligible individual’s HME for a CDL, unless the state receives a new STA (Determination of No Security Threat) from TSA. For the duration of this exemption, a state may extend the expiration date of an eligible individual’s HME for a period of no more than 180 days without a new STA. The state must notify each eligible individual that he or she is subject to an STA for renewal of the HME and that he or she must initiate the STA at least 60 days before the extended expiration date of the HME. If it is not practicable for a state to give individualized notice to drivers, the state may publish general notice, for example, on the appropriate website. TSA will continue to recurrently vet these individuals against terrorism and other governmental watch lists and databases and reserves authority under 49 CFR 1572.5(b) and 1572.13 to direct a state to revoke an individual’s HME immediately and at any time.

For purposes of this exemption, an eligible individual is defined as an individual who held a valid, unexpired HME with an STA (Determination of No Security Threat) on or after July 1, 2022, which HME has expired or would otherwise expire between that date and the close of the effective period of this exemption.

Limits of Exemption: This exemption does not apply to new HMEs nor does it affect any other requirements applicable to obtaining a commercial driver’s license under 49 CFR parts 383 and 384.


The TSA and the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) rules require background checks of commercial drivers carrying the HazMat endorsement on their CDL. The background check includes collecting the individual's fingerprints and verification of US citizenship, immigration eligibility or permanent legal residence in the United States.

Things to Know

  • The driver can complete the TSA HazMat driver application on the Hazardous Material Endorsement Enrollment web site at universalenroll.dhs.gov or call the toll-free Driver Help Desk at 1-855-347-8371 for assistance. The application must be completed prior to arriving at the fingerprint capture location.
  • The fee for the collection of fingerprints and driver application for a security check is $86.50, payable by credit card, electronic check or money order only (no cash will be accepted). If paying by money order, do not fill out.
  • Finger print processing is done by APPS for all HazMat applicants.
  • The RI location for fingerprinting is 1050 Warwick Avenue, Warwick, RI 02888, Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:30 am - 1:30 pm & 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • It takes approximately 4-5 weeks to process your application.
  • In order to renew your CDL with HazMat endorsement, transfer CDL/HazMat from state-to-state, or apply for a new CDL with HazMat, you must be approved by TSA.
  • In order to take the written test for the HazMat Endorsement, ELDT Theory for HazMat must be completed for all initial applications.
  • You must take the HazMat written test at the Cranston DMV to obtain the HazMat endorsement for both the initial application and renewal.