The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) published a Final Rule establishing fees for the fingerprinting process and other security checks now required for CDL hazmat endorsements. (See the Federal Register, January 13, 2005) The rule went into effect January 31, 2005.
Drivers will have to pay fees to have their fingerprints taken and sent to the appropriate agency, as well as fees for a TSA threat assessment and FBI background check. Fees may vary, depending on whether a state is using TSA agents or collecting the information itself.
In states using TSA agents, the fee for all three security checks will total $94 ($38 for fingerprints, $34 for the TSA threat assessment, and $22 for the FBI check.)
States that don't have a TSA agent will establish their own fingerprinting fees.
The TSA threat assessment fee will be $34, regardless of whether or not the state has a contract with TSA for fingerprinting.
The FBI background check fee will be $22 in state using a TSA agent. In states without a TSA agent, there may be an additional $2 fee for handling costs.
Background checks are expected to take several weeks. Applicants not given the green light can appeal to TSA.