A Hazardous Materials Endorsement (HAZMAT) authorizes the operation of any vehicle carrying hazardous materials.
You must apply in person at a DMV office, and you must:
Note: You are required to pass the Hazardous Materials Endorsement Test every time you renew your license.
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Criminal Background Check
On May 5, 2003, the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and TSA published regulations under the USA PATRIOT Act of 2001 requiring all commercial motor vehicle operators to submit fingerprints and pass a TSA criminal background check to obtain a security clearance from TSA before issuance of a CDL that includes a HAZMAT endorsement:
- Applicants for a HAZMAT endorsement (including some applicants exchanging an out-of-state license that contains a HAZMAT endorsement) will be required to obtain a security clearance from TSA before issuance of a HAZMAT endorsement.
- HAZMAT endorsement holders must obtain a security clearance every five years to retain their HAZMAT endorsement.
The criminal background check can take 60 days or more to complete.
Applicants that currently have a HAZMAT endorsement in another state and wish to obtain an Oregon CDL with HAZMAT endorsement must obtain another background check unless DMV can verify that a HAZMAT security clearance was granted within the previous four years, nine months. If between four years, nine months and five years has elapsed since the security clearance was granted, the applicant may be eligible for a 60-day temporary permit authorizing them to haul hazardous materials while completing a new background check. Only one 60-day temporary permit will be issued. If you have already completed a background check in the previous state, DMV will verify the date of the check with TSA. If DMV cannot verify the background check results, DMV cannot issue a CDL with HAZMAT endorsement or issue a temporary permit.
Applicants issued a CDL without a HAZMAT endorsement may be eligible for a no-fee replacement to add the HAZMAT endorsement upon receipt of a favorable background check if the original CDL issuance date and the date the applicant starts the background check are within 30 days of each other.
In Oregon, HAZMAT background checks must be initiated online with TSA or by calling (855) 347-8371.
Note: If you already have a HAZMAT endorsement, do not initiate a background check until notified by DMV that you need to do so.
If you have already submitted an application, fingerprints and the fee for the security check, please direct questions about whether you passed the security check to the Transportation Security Administration, Department of Homeland Security. For further information about the program please visit www.tsa.gov/for-industry/hazmat-endorsement. To check the status of your case please visit https://universalenroll.dhs.gov.
For a copy of your criminal history record please visit www.tsa.gov/FOIA for instructions.
You may contact TSA at the phone number or web address below for additional information:
About Hazardous Material
The classification of hazardous material is very broad. It includes many items that do not present any immediate toxic or explosive effect. Food coloring, cottonseed, and bleach are common items that are classified as hazardous materials.
More Information on HAZMAT Endorsements
HAZMAT Endorsement phone inquiries: (503) 945-5000.