How do I apply for a Hazmat endorsement in Texas? Texas

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A HAZMAT CDL endorsement is necessary if you wish to use your Texas CDL to work in a position that involves transporting hazardous materials such as dynamite, gasoline, ammunition, propane, or display fireworks.

A CDL Class A, B, or C license does not allow for transporting hazardous materials unless you have this special endorsement on the commercial license. In fact, it is a crime for any CDL driver to operate a vehicle needing hazardous materials placards unless he or she has a HAZMAT endorsement.

HAZMAT Testing

Just as if you were getting any other kind of CDL, getting a CDL with a HAZMAT endorsement requires taking a special CDL test.

You can find CDL practice test questions for obtaining a Hazmat CDL endorsement in the commercial driver handbook published by the TX Department of Public Safety (DPS). There are also a number of third-party Web sites offering online CDL practice tests, if you feel like you need additional assistance mastering the material for the Hazmat test.

HAZMAT Background Checks

Your CDL test isn't the only one you'll have to pass. A background check is needed for a Hazmat endorsement as determined by the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (USA Patriot) Act. This federal law checks to see if you pose a potential security risk before allowing you to receive your CDL endorsement. You will need to be fingerprinted as part of this process.

HAZMAT Endorsement Fee

The standard fee to receive a Texas CDL is $60 for a six-year license. There is an additional $10 fee for the hazardous materials endorsement or any other endorsements you wish to add. Separate charges apply for the background check; contact your TX DPS office for details.

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