Hazardous materials endorsement (hazmat)
If you’re a commercial driver and wish to transfer, add, or renew a hazardous materials endorsement (HME) in Washington State, you must:
- Complete a background check through the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). We recommend starting the application process with TSA at least 90 days before your license expires.
- Complete the HME knowledge test.
TSA HME background clearance requirements
The TSA hazardous materials endorsement clearance is good for 5 years and 180 days. To get an HME on your Washington State license, you must meet the following TSA clearance criteria:
- To renew your HME: The background clearance date can’t be more than 180 days before your driver license expiration. (The HME background clearance date posted to your driving record may vary by a few days from the date of the eligibility notification TSA sends you.)
- To transfer your HME: The background clearance date can’t be more than 180 days before your next birthday.
- To add an HME: The time remaining on the driver license you’re adding an HME to will determine how long your background clearance will be valid. You may not be eligible for the full 5 years and 180 days.
- If you didn’t have an HME on your previous license, and you renewed the license more than 180 days before it expired, you must wait 1 to 180 days before you’re eligible to add the HME and start the TSA HME background process.
- If you complete a TSA HME clearance before you’re eligible, you’ll be required to complete and pay for a 2nd TSA HME background check.
How to apply
- Be eligible. Have a valid commercial driver license (CDL) or a commercial driver instruction permit (CDIP).
- Apply with TSA (fees apply):
- Get fingerprinted at a TSA Hazmat fingerprint location.
- Wait. TSA will mail the HME clearance notification letter to the address you provided on your application.
- If the TSA HME application is completed with a Washington driver license number, TSA also will send the results of your clearance to us.
- If the TSA HME application was completed with an out-of-state license number, we won’t be notified.
- Visit a driver licensing office after you get your HME eligibility notification from TSA, and:
- If necessary, complete the CDL application and testing process.
- Pay any required test and licensing fees.
- Get your CDL with hazardous materials endorsement.
|For questions about…
- HME application and fees.
- List of disqualifying offenses.
- Fingerprint locations.
- Status of your HME background check.
|Transportation Security Administration
- The HME clearance date showing on your Washington State driving record.
- How the HME clearance works with a Washington State license if you’re renewing, transferring, or adding an HME.
- When you should start the TSA HME background process if you renewed your last license without an HME more than 180 days early.
|Department of Licensing