How to get a hazmat license

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How to get a hazmat license
You can apply for a Hazmat license if you have a CDL. (inhalation hazard class 2 image by k9dg from

If you are a commercial truck driver with a Commercial Drivers License (CDL), you can apply for a Hazardous Materials (Hazmat) certification on that license. In order to get approved for this certification, you need to prove a number of things and you also must pay certain fees. While there are federal guidelines overseeing the distribution of these certificates, state laws apply, too.

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Things you need

  • CDL License
  • Residency and citizenship documents

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  1. 1

    Check your citizenship eligibility. Hazmat license certifications are only given to natural and naturalised American citizens. In order to prove this, you will need a passport, a birth certificate or a naturalised citizen card (if you immigrated from a foreign country).

  2. 2

    Check your criminal background history, if applicable. There are some crimes that will prohibit you from operating with hazardous materials. These crimes include: treason, espionage, sedition and terrorism.

  3. 3

    Visit your local Registry of Motor Vehicles. You must submit to an eye exam, a mental aptitude test and a general intelligence test. You must be deemed physically, emotionally and intellectually fit to be certified for a Hazmat license.

  4. 4

    Fill out the application for certification at your local Registry of Motor Vehicles. You must already carry a CDL. You will also need to submit a fingerprint sample and consent to an FBI background test. This test will determine what threats, if any, you pose to National Transportation Security or National Security.

  5. 5

    Pick up your Hazmat certified CDL license from the Registry of Motor Vehicles when approved. The process may take some time. A background check for these certifications is extensive. After the U.S. Patriot Act was passed, the guidelines for approving licenses became far more stringent.

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