Renew a hazardous materials (HazMat) endorsement

Please Note: Federal hazardous material requirements have been extended by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Individuals with a hazardous materials endorsement (HME) that expired March 1, 2020 or later have additional time to be fingerprinted to complete the background check required for TSA's security threat assessment. Individuals whose HME expired prior to March 1, 2020 are not granted additional time to meet TSA requirements. For more information, please visit the Federal Register.

How do I renew my hazardous materials (HazMat) endorsement?

We will normally mail you a renewal notice for your HazMat endorsement, which is separate from the notice to renew your CDL. Follow the instructions in the HazMat endorsement renewal notice to apply for the background checks.


How often do I need to get a background check?

To keep the HazMat endorsement, the driver must provide fingerprints and pass the background checks every five years.  1


How do I provide my fingerprints for the background check?

The required fingerprinting service is being provided by Identogo.  All HazMat endorsement applicants must be fingerprinted at one of the Identogo ID centers located throughout New York State. 2 3

Fingerprinting is done by appointment only. You must contact Identogo to select a fingerprinting location and schedule an appointment.  Visit  https://uenroll.identogo.com or by calling 1-877-472-6915. 

Attain Fingerprinting Services Information (HAZ-600) to make your appointment.  Bring your NYS CDL and one of the second proofs of ID that are listed on form HAZ-600.

How long will the background checks take?

Background checks can take 30 days or more to complete. If your endorsement expires, it will not be restored until the criminal history background checks are completed and you have been re-qualified by both the TSA and the DMV.

How will I be notified of the results?

The Federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will notify you by mail of the results of the background check based on federal standards only. The TSA website has information about the federal background checks for the HazMat endorsements. Please do not request the results of background checks from the DMV, Identogo, or the TSA. Wait to receive the notifications in the mail.

Can I get a temporary HazMat endorsement before the background checks are complete?

No. We cannot issue the HazMat endorsement until the background checks are completed and approved.  We will provide a CDL with the HazMat endorsement that is valid for 90 days only if

  • you applied to renew a current NYS CDL with a HazMat endorsement, and
  • the background checks are not completed and approved before the endorsement expires.

Do I need to take another written test?

To keep your HazMat endorsement, you must pass the test again within two years before your CDL expires.  You can take the test when you apply to renew your CDL, or you can take the test up to two years before the expiration date of your CDL. 4

If you need to take the test, you can study the hazardous materials section of the NYS Commercial Driver License Manual (CDL-10), or study the Hazardous Materials Manual (CDL-11).

What if I do not pass the written test or the background checks?

If you do not pass the written test or the background checks, the DMV will issue a CDL that does not have a HazMat endorsement.

It is important that a driver whose address has changed promptly file a change of address with the NYS DMV. See Address Change for more information.

What if I no longer need the HazMat endorsement?

If you do not need a HazMat endorsement, do not take the written test and do not apply for the background checks.  When it is time to renew your CDL, follow the instructions provided with your CDL renewal notice and pay the CDL renewal fee. The DMV will issue a CDL that does not have a HazMat endorsement.

Do it by phone

You can't renew a HazMat endorsement by phone.

You can call or email the HazMat unit with questions at

1-518-408-2997 or dmv.sm.HazMatUnit@dmv.ny.gov

Do it by mail

You can renew a HazMat endorsement by mail. Read the information on this page and send your application to 

HazMat Unit
NYS DMV
6 Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12228

Do it at the DMV

You can't renew a HazMat endorsement at a DMV office.

For your convenience, many DMV PDF forms can be filled in online and then printed.