Hazardous Materials Endorsement
The Secretary of State's office adheres to the federally mandated fingerprinting and background check requirement for obtaining a Hazardous Materials Endorsement established by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). CDL holders applying for or renewing a Hazardous Materials Endorsement must submit to a fingerprint background records check prior to issuance of the endorsement. If you are renewing after the expiration date of the CDL, the Hazardous Materials Endorsement cannot be retained until the results of the background records check are received from the TSA. To renew a CDL with a Hazardous Materials Endorsement, please begin the process 30 days prior to the expiration date on the CDL.
Obtaining a TSA Security Threat Assessment
Integrated Biometric Technology (IBT) is the authorized contractor for the TSA's Hazmat Threat Assessment Program. Please follow the procedure below to apply for a security threat assessment. Applicants with or applying for a Hazmat Endorsement on their Illinois CDL will be unable to obtain the endorsement until a security threat assessment clearance has been received by the Secretary of State's office.
- Step 1-Completing the Application — Applicants should complete the TSA HAZPRINT application on the IBT Web site at https://hazprints.tsa.dhs.gov, or by calling the IBT Driver Service Center at 1-877-HAZPRINT. The operator at the IBT Driver Service Center will guide the applicant through the process and ensure the application is completed correctly. The application must be completed online or by telephone through the IBT Driver Service Center prior to arriving at the fingerprint capture location. The application cannot be completed at the fingerprinting site. The cost of the security threat assessment is $86.50 and must be paid by credit card (MasterCard, VISA, Discover) or money order payable to Integrated Biometric Technology, LLC. Cash is not accepted.
- Step 2-Fingerprint Process — The Hazprints Web site or the IBT Driver Service Center provides a listing of current IBT Fingerprint Vendor Locations, operating hours and driving directions. Applicants must provide two forms of identification prior to being fingerprinted. Please refer to the list of acceptable primary and secondary forms of identification on the hazprints Web site or contact the IBT Driver Service Center. The applicant will review and electronically sign the application to verify accuracy of the information. IBT staff at the fingerprint capture location will collect and forward the electronic TSA HAZPRINT application and fingerprints. They do not have access to specific information about the program, nor will they receive status reports after the submission of the application and fingerprints are made.
- Step 3-Security Threat Assessment — Based on information provided on the TSA HAZPRINT application, TSA will perform a threat assessment for each applicant. The results will be provided directly to the applicant's state Department of Motor Vehicles. The applicant also will receive a letter from TSA with the results of the assessment.
- Step 4-Status — The applicant should receive a letter from TSA about two weeks after fingerprinting. For information on the status of the application, please call the IBT Driver Service Center at 1-877-HAZPRINT.
The Secretary of State's office will not issue a Hazardous Materials Endorsement to your CDL until the results of your background records check are successfully completed by TSA and the Secretary of State's office is notified. Upon notification from TSA, the Secretary of State's office will notify you in order for you to return to a CDL Facility for issuance of a Hazardous Materials Endorsement.