Limitations on the Issuance of Commercial Driver's Licenses With a Hazardous Materials Endorsement
Interim final rule; delay of compliance date; request for comments.
The FMCSA amends the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) prohibiting States from issuing, renewing, transferring or upgrading a commercial driver's license (CDL) with a hazardous materials (hazmat) endorsement unless the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has first conducted a background records check of the applicant and determined the applicant does not pose a security risk warranting denial of the hazardous materials endorsement. The compliance date provisions being revised require States to collect fingerprints from individuals applying for, renewing, upgrading or transferring a hazmat endorsement for a CDL beginning November 3, 2003. FMCSA and TSA are changing that date to April 1, 2004, and TSA may postpone that date, in individual cases, to not later than December 1, 2004.