Hazardous Materials Endorsement (H)
The Illinois Secretary of State's office adheres to the federally mandated fingerprinting and background records check requirement for obtaining a Hazardous Materials Endorsement established by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
Commercial Driver's License (CDL) applicants and CDL holders who wish to obtain or maintain a Hazardous Materials (H) or Combined Tank/Hazardous Materials (X) Endorsement must have a TSA security threat assessment on file prior to taking the written test for the endorsement. The hazardous material endorsement test and the security threat assessment are both required at every renewal for all CDL holders with the H or X endorsement who wish to maintain the endorsement. When renewing a CDL with a H or X endorsement, the driver must begin the process 60 days prior to the expiration date on the CDL.
All out of state CDL holders that are transferring into Illinois and wish to obtain an Illinois CDL with an H or X endorsement must either provide proof of a current TSA security threat assessment or secure a new approval prior to being permitted to take the written test for the endorsement. The current TSA security threat assessment expiration date must match or be greater than the expiration date of the new Illinois CDL. If the date does not match or is not greater, then driver will be required to complete a new security threat assessment and receive approval, prior to an Illinois CDL being issued with the H or X endorsement.
If a driver no longer wishes to maintain the H or X endorsement on their CDL then the TSA security threat assessment in NOT required for renewing their CDL.
Obtaining a TSA Security Threat Assessment
Universal Enrollment Services (UES) coordinates the Hazmat Threat Assessment Program for TSA. Please follow the steps below to apply for a security threat assessment. Applicants who have or are applying for a H or X endorsement for their Illinois CDL will not be able 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 — You are required to complete the pre-enrollment application on the UES web site or call the UES Call Center at 855-347-8371.
- Step 2-Select Location and Schedule In-Person Fingerprint — After the pre-enrollment process is completed, you must schedule an in-person fingerprint appointment. This can be done on the UES web site or by calling the UES Call Center. The UES web site provides the list of locations and directions to the nearest enrollment center. The payment of the appropriate fee can be done at this time with a credit card.
- Step 3-Items needed for the In-Person Fingerprint Appointment — At your in-person fingerprint appointment, you are required to provide fingerprints, identity documents, citizenship/immigration documents and payment (if not previously done on-line) in order to complete the HME application process. The UES web site and TSA web site provide the list of required identity and proof of citizenship/immigration eligibility documents. The in-person payment of the fee is required by money order. Renewal Applicants - Steps 1 and 2 are required to be completed at least 60 days before your CDL expires.
- Step 4-Security Threat Assessment — After TSA has collected your fingerprints, acceptable identity documents, citizenship/immigration documents and payment fee, TSA will perform a security threat assessment. This can take several weeks. For renewal applicants, it is required that you start this process no later than 60 days before the expiration date of your CDL license.
- Step 5–Check Status — To inquire on the status of your security threat assessment, you can visit the UES web site and click on the "Check Status" link to see if you have been approved. If you do not have access to the website, please call the UES Call Center directly at 855-347-8371.
The issuance or renewal of a CDL with an H or X endorsement is prohibited until approval is granted by TSA. After receiving notification from TSA, the Illinois Secretary of State, will notify you to visit a Secretary of State CDL Facility for the applicable testing and the issuance of the CDL with the proper endorsement.