Renew a hazardous materials (HazMat) endorsement

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 MorphoTrust Enrollment Solutions.  All HazMat endorsement applicants must be fingerprinted at one of the MorphoTrust ID centers located throughout New York State. 2 3

Fingerprinting is done by appointment only. You may contact MorphoTrust to select a fingerprinting location, schedule an appointment, and get information about the required fee at www.identogo.com or by calling 1-877-472-6915. The fees are $140.75 for the background checks and a fee for L-1 to perform the fingerprint service. By contract, the L-1 service fee is subject to change every six months, but the L-1 fee cannot exceed $11.75. The fees are separate from and in addition to the fees to get or to renew your CDL.
   
Complete form Request for NYS Fingerprinting Services - Information Form (HAZ-600) and bring it to your appointment along with your NYS CDL and one of the second proofs of ID that are listed on form HAZ-600. If you did not pay the fees when you scheduled your appointment, you must pay the fees at the time you are fingerprinted.


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, MorphoTrust, 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.

  • 1. Federal and State laws require fingerprint-based background checks for anyone who wants a hazardous materials endorsement, to determine whether that person has a criminal history and/or poses a security threat that warrants denying him or her the authorization to transport hazardous materials. No hazardous materials endorsement may be issued, transferred or renewed unless the background checks result in a determination by the Federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and New York State that the person applying for the endorsement is authorized to transport hazardous materials. To initiate background checks, the rules require that the applicant be fingerprinted, and that his or her United States citizenship or permanent legal presence in the United States be verified. The background checks include a check of criminal history data from the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). There is also a background check by the federal Transportation Safety Administration (TSA).
  • 2. You must provide fingerprints even if you provided fingerprints for another application, for example for a pistol permit or employment as a security guard.
  • 3. You do not need to provide fingerprints for the Farm HazMat (Z). You must only provide fingerprints for an H endorsement or an X endorsement on your CDL.
  • 4. You must answer 80% or more of the questions correctly to pass the test. You can take the test as many times as necessary until you pass the test, but you must pay a $5 fee for each test you take.

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.