How Much Does the Hazmat Endorsement Cost?

Written by: Staff
Last Updated:  August 7, 2018

In addition to the commercial driver’s license, federal and state laws require all drivers to carry a hazmat endorsement to transport any hazardous material.  This material, according to the federal government, will include explosives, gasses, some solids, flammable liquids and any other material which may cause harm.

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How much does the hazmat endorsement cost?

The price of a hazmat endorsement is going to vary from state to state.  On average, you can expect to pay anywhere from $80 to $165 to complete the entire Hazmat endorsement process.  This will include the background check, known as the security assessment process, which is about $67 to $85, and the application fee, which is often less than $30 in most states.

PAM Transport says the overall cost to get your hazmat endorsement is about $100 when you factor in the TSA screening cost of $86,50.

Hazmat endorsement overview

Once you receive your Class A, B or C CDL, you can begin the application process for your hazmat endorsement and start the background check/fingerprinting process.  Depending on the state you live in, the process will be slightly different, but on the whole, most of the requirements, as noted below, will be the same.  Most applications can be completed online through most DMV offices, but in some states, it may need to be done in person.  As for the background check, it can’t be started until your fingerprints are taken, and this will need to be done in person.  Appointments can be made by visiting the official website.

Most processes will go in the following order:  the application, pass the knowledge exam, get fingerprints and pass the TSA security threat assessment.  The overall time, in most states, will be anywhere from as little as 30 to 45 days to complete.

Most endorsements will be valid for up to eight years before it has to be renewed.

How to get the hazmat endorsement

You must have a valid CDL in good standing in the state you’re applying in.

Able to provide proof of your full legal name.  No photocopies will be accepted.

Furnish proof of your U.S. citizenship.

Able to prove your date of birth and identity.

Proof of social security number.

Provide a valid DOT medical card.

Depending on the state, you may need a medical waiver.

Must be able to pass the Hazardous Materials Endorsement Knowledge Test.

Pass a vision test.

Pass the TSA criminal background check.

What are the extra costs?

While most of the material will be found in the hazmat section of your CDL handbook, some drivers opt to purchase additional study materials.  These materials and hazmat study tests can cost anywhere from $10 to $50, depending on the company.

Renewal fees will apply in the future.

Keep in mind that to operate other special types of commercial vehicles may require other common endorsements such as the H, N or X endorsement.  H refers to transporting placarded hazardous materials, N is designed for tankers carrying more than 119 gallons of hazardous liquids or gas, and X is a combination of hazardous materials and tank endorsements.

Helpful hazmat endorsement study guides

Tips to know

The criminal background check can take up to 60 days, so be sure to give yourself a lot of time when applying for your CDL and/or endorsements.

Take as many practice tests as you can because many drivers have reported that every question on these practice test questions were on the DMV test.  Try your hardest to get every question right before taking the actual test.  This will help you save time and money.

Being convicted of any crime will prevent you from getting this endorsement.

How can I save money?

If you already have a TWIC card and your state accepts it, the TSA will reduce its security assessment process fee to $67, a $20 deduction from the standard $87.50 fee.

If you’re working with a trucking company already, see if they will reimburse you for this endorsement.

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