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Shipper Verification of the Validity of a Carrier's Hazmat Safety Permit

HM-218D, Section (173.22(b))

Currently, HM-218D, Section (173.22(b)) states "No person may offer a motor carrier any hazardous material specified in 49 CFR 385.403 unless that motor carrier holds a safety permit issued by the FMCSA". Section 173.22(b) does not indicate how the shipper should check for a valid HMSP. According to 49 CFR 385.417, a motor carrier, upon request, must provide the number or their HM Safety Permit to a person who offers a HM listed in §385.403 for transportation in commerce.

SAFER Website

FMCSA created a validation system to provide a service and assist shippers to meet the requirement of §385.417, which further provides that "...A motor carrier's safety permit number will also be available to the public on the FMCSA Safety Fitness Electronic Records System." Due to security concerns, this type of information will only be made available to shippers. The validation system provides HM shippers with a means "to exercise due diligence and responsible care with respect to selecting motor carriers." A shipper may access the SAFER website to access carrier HMSP validation. The shipper may enter the DOT number of the carrier, which will result in a response that the carrier currently DOES HAVE an Active Hazardous Material Safety Permit issued by FMCSA; or that the carrier currently DOES NOT HAVE an Active Hazardous Material Safety Permit issued by FMCSA. No other information concerning the carrier will be provided.

Shippers may call the FMCSA Hazmat Division at 202-366-6121, to receive verification if the carrier or carrier/shipper has a valid HM safety permit. No other information concerning the carrier will be provided.

Updated: Tuesday, April 8, 2014