Hazmat driver security

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) published an interim final rule [RIN 1652-AA17] in the Federal Register November 24, 2004, that amends the standards used to assess hazmat truck drivers for security threats. Changes include the following: Start date of fingerprint-based checks for transfer and renewal applicants has been moved to May 31, 2005; process for new applicants remains January

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) published an interim final rule [RIN 1652-AA17] in the Federal Register November 24, 2004, that amends the standards used to assess hazmat truck drivers for security threats.

Changes include the following:

  • Start date of fingerprint-based checks for transfer and renewal applicants has been moved to May 31, 2005; process for new applicants remains January 31, 2005;

  • Certain aliens qualified to hold a CDL will be able to apply for a security threat assessment;

  • Simple drug possession is removed from the list of disqualifying crimes;

  • Unlawful purchase, receipt, transfer, shipping, transporting, import, export, and storage of a firearm or explosive is added to the list of disqualifying crimes;

  • Response time limits for appeals and waivers have been increased;

  • Transferring a hazmat endorsement from one state to another has been simplified so that, in some instances, drivers don't have to undergo a new background check when obtaining a license in a new state;

  • Reduction in the amount of advance notice states must provide drivers who hold hazmat endorsements regarding the need for a security threat assessment upon renewal;

  • Individuals convicted of the most serious of crimes, such as treason, are prohibited from applying for a waiver.


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