The Uniting & Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (USA PATRIOT) Act was signed into law on October 25, 2001. This Federal law addresses terrorism and national security and includes provisions that require commercial drivers who transport hazardous materials to have their fingerprints taken and successfully complete a Federal criminal history background check (federal security threat assessment). The federal security threat assessment and hazardous material knowledge test is required for new (initial) H endorsement holders, transfer applicants, and renewal applicants. The federal security threat assessment and hazardous material knowledge test is required each time a H endorsement holder renews their CDL.
Two key dates are important to remember:
|1.||January 31, 2005- New Federal requirements take effect for drivers who apply for an initial Hazardous (H) material endorsement. The driver must first obtain a North Dakota commercial permit or a North Dakota commercial license. When this is done, he or she can then initiate the federal security threat assessment. Drivers who obtain the North Dakota commercial license and pass the security assessment are eligible to take the Hazardous material knowledge test in order to put the H endorsement on their North Dakota CDL license.|
|2.||May 31, 2005- Commercial drivers who are renewing the H endorsement on their North Dakota CDL or transferring an out-of-state CDL with an H endorsement will be required to undergo the federal security threat assessment. Out-of-state CDL applicants will need to obtain a North Dakota CDL in order to initiate the security assessment; however, if the prior state of record can confirm that a security assessment was already done, North Dakota may honor that assessment pending the time remaining on it. When the security assessment is passed, the driver can then take the Hazardous material knowledge test in order to put the H endorsement on their North Dakota CDL license.|
initiate the federal security threat assessment and obtain information
on fees and TSA fingerprint collection site locations, visit the federal
website at www.hazprints.tsa.dhs.gov or
call the federal Help Desk at 1-877-429-7746. North Dakota fingerprint
collection sites are at the following locations. Call the number listed
to make an appointment.