Hazardous Materials Endorsement
The Illinois 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). Commercial Drivers’ License (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
Universal Enrollment Services (UES) coordinates the Hazmat Threat Assessment Program for TSA. Please follow the procedure below to apply for a security threat assessment. Applicants who have or are 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 Illinois Secretary of State's office.
- Step 1-Pre-Enrollment Process — Applicants should complete the pre-enrollment application on the UES web site at or by calling the UES Call Center at 855-347-8371. After the pre-enrollment process is completed, the applicant must make an appointment to visit a UES enrollment center to complete the application process, pay the appropriate fee and be fingerprinted for TSA approval. Upon completion of their application, applicants will be given a confirmation number for their records.
- Step 2-Application and Fingerprinting Appointment — After completing the pre-enrollment process, applicants must be fingerprinted and provide your identity/immigration documentation at one of the UES enrollment centers nationwide. Applicants must provide acceptable identification documents at the appointment to be fingerprinted. For a list of required identity and proof of citizenship/immigration eligibility documents, please visit the TSA web site. For information about and directions to your nearest enrollment center, please visit TSA's Enrollment Center Locator.
- Step 3-Security Threat Assessment — Based on information provided to UES on the TSA application, TSA will perform a threat assessment for each applicant. The Illinois Secretary of State’s office and the applicant will receive notification from TSA with the results of the assessment.
- Step 4-Status — The applicant should receive notification from TSA within two weeks of their UES fingerprinting appointment. For information on the status of the application, please call the UES Call Center directly at 855-347-8371.
The Illinois Secretary of State's office is prohibited from issuing or renewing a Hazardous Materials Endorsement until the results of your background records check are successfully completed by TSA and received by our office. Upon notification from TSA, the Illinois Secretary of State's office will notify the applicant/driver to visit a Secretary of State CDL Facility for the issuance of a Hazardous Materials Endorsement.