In accordance with the USA Patriot Act, the federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) have adopted rules to secure the transport of hazardous materials. These rules require TSA to perform a security threat assessment on all commercial drivers who transport hazardous materials. The security threat assessment process includes collecting an individual's fingerprints and verifying citizenship, immigration eligibility or permanent legal presence in the United States.
An individual cannot be issued a Texas commercial driver license (CDL) with a hazardous materials endorsement (HME) until the individual completes the security threat assessment and obtains clearance from TSA. The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) does not receive detailed information on an individual’s security threat assessment. DPS is only notified if an individual’s assessment is approved or denied.
Individuals are not allowed to transfer the remaining validity period of an HME issued by another state. Since a new security threat assessment is required with a Texas CDL application, existing HME holders will be granted a 90-day temporary endorsement at the time of issuance if all other HME requirements are met.
The following individuals are not eligible to apply for an HME:
DPS will issue a CDL without the HME or with a 90-day temporary endorsement until TSA completes the threat assessment if the individual:
At the time of issuance or renewal, the individual will be provided the contact information for a fingerprinting location to begin the security threat assessment. Individuals may not initiate the fingerprinting process prior to receiving their Texas CDL. Failure to wait for the Texas CDL may cause significant delay in processing the security threat assessment.
NOTE: Incomplete applications, forms and fingerprints will be purged within six months from the date of application, and TSA will close the file.
DPS contracts with a vendor to capture fingerprints. To schedule an appointment with the vendor, please visit MorphoTrust USA. Click on the "Texas" link then the "schedule a fingerprinting appointment online" tab. Individuals may also call 888-467-2080 to schedule an appointment and pay the nonrefundable $78.20 fee. (The cost of the fee is subject to change. Individuals should confirm this cost when they schedule their appointment.)
During the appointment, individuals:
If an individual has not received any correspondence from DPS after 30 days from the date of fingerprinting then the individual should email DPS and ask about the status of their application.
Fingerprints are forwarded to the FBI, which will provide TSA with any criminal history data about the individual. This information will be used to help TSA make the final decision regarding HME eligibility.
Detailed information regarding the USA Patriot Act, including the waiver and appeal process, is available on the TSA website. For additional questions, please contact your local driver license office or call 512-424-2010.