Drivers: Depending on the state in which you hold a hazardous materials endorsement (HME) on a state-issued commercial drivers license (CDL), it may be time to renew.
The Transportation Safety Administration’s (TSA) Hazardous Materials Endorsement Threat Assessment Program conducts a security threat assessment for any driver seeking to obtain, renew, or transfer a HME on a CDL.
The program began January 2005 as part of the USA PATRIOT Act, and it prohibits states from issuing a license to transport HAZMAT unless a determination has been made that the driver does not pose a security risk. The TSA security threat assessment is valid for up to five years, but CDLs and HMEs are renewed based on a cycle determined by the state. Thus, in the states that have chosen to require a renewal cycle of every four years, like Illinois and Minnesota, it is time to renew.
If you seek to obtain, renew, or transfer an HME on your CDL, you must apply for a security threat assessment. TSA rules require you to begin applying for the security threat assessment at least 30 days prior to the expiration of your CDL. Click here for more information.
(Source: The Agricultural Retailers Association)