Hazmat CDL deadline postponed

Dec. 1, 2003
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is postponing and changing its Interim Final Rule that had established standards, including fingerprinting, for those applying for, renewing, or transferring a hazardous materials endorsement for a Commercial Driver's License. According to the TSA website, the agency will add a new definition and move the start of the fingerprint-based record check

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is postponing and changing its Interim Final Rule that had established standards, including fingerprinting, for those applying for, renewing, or transferring a hazardous materials endorsement for a Commercial Driver's License.

According to the TSA website, the agency will add a new definition and move the start of the fingerprint-based record check to April 1, 2004, from the original deadline of November 3, 2003. If a state is unable to collect this information by April 1, 2004, it must submit a request for an extension to TSA on or before April 1, 2004.

The move comes as no surprise to most industry observers, who doubted TSA could develop a plan in such a short time for states on how to fingerprint the nation's more than 1-million hazmat endorsed CDL drivers.

TSA would not supply further details, and officials said more information will be posted in the Federal Register

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