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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.

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.