TSA Revises HazMat CDL Threat Assessment Standards

Nov. 24, 2004
TSA ammends HazMat security threat assessment

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today published an interim final rule (IFR) in the Federal Register [RIN 1652-AA17] that amends the standards by which HazMat truck drivers are assessed for security threats. TSA is accepting comments until December 27 electronically at

The following changes have been enacted:

  • standards to permit certain aliens qualified to hold a CDL 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
  • individuals convicted of the most serious of crimes, such as treason, are prohibited from applying for a waiver
  • response time limits for appeals and waivers have been increased
  • the process of 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
  • the start date of the fingerprint-based checks for transfer and renewal applicants has been moved to May 31, 2005
  • reduction in the amount of advance notice the states must provide drivers who hold HazMat endorsements regarding the need for a security threat assessment upon renewal

    The IFR was issued without prior notice or public comment under section 4(a) of the Administrative Procedures Act.

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