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DOT HAZMAT Endorsements

With the recent changes for HAZMAT Endorsements, it’s easy to get confused about what steps need to be done and when.

First, you’ll need to determine if the new requirements apply to you.

If your state follows federal procedures we’ll go into basics on what this will entail. States where you’ll need to go to your local DMV for proper procedures currently consist of Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin, but you may want to make sure things haven’t changed between when this article was written, and today.

For those that will follow federal procedures, here are the steps you’ll want to take:

  1. Go to the TSA website to fill out an application and schedule an appointment for a background check. This will usually take a bit of time (usually 45-60 days after being fingerprinted), so you may want to consider doing this first.
  2. Take training through an approved ELDT (Entry Level Drivers Training) provider who will then submit their ELDT certificate to the FMCSA registry, where the DMV can access proof to later issue your HAZMAT endorsement on your license.
  3. Once both have been completed and certificate has been entered into the system, go to the DMV for the knowledge test and endorsement. If you prefer to do this before hearing back from TSA, please know that the test results are only valid for 3 months, but you cannot receive the endorsement until steps 1 and 2 have been completed.
  4. Finally, you’ll need your safety certification. 49 CFR 172 and 49 CFR 177 can both be taken online with Compliance Training Online.

You will also need some sort of safety training. The regulations don’t specify what type, so if you already have a safety program, this would depend on the hazards you would be dealing with. Many of our clients will take the GHS Hazard Communication (Worker Right to Know) course that we offer.

While Compliance Training Online does not currently offer all of these resources to satisfy your new approved training, we are always here to help. Please contact us at any time for clarification or guidance.

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