TSA conducts 1 million driver background checks
Jan 2, 2009 11:21 AM
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has completed over 1 million fingerprint-based background checks on truck drivers required to carry a hazardous material endorsement on a commercial driver license, according to TSA information.
Since starting operations almost four years ago, the hazmat threat assessment program has completed a review of over 1.015 million applications and approved more than 1 million.
TSA said that applicants who initially may not meet the eligibility requirements can take advantage of a robust redress program without losing their hazmat endorsement in the process. TSA rules give states the flexibility to extend endorsements for drivers whose background assessments are still pending, providing applicants the opportunity to continue to work should they request an appeal or waiver. Applicants that are disqualified by TSA may seek a review by the Coast Guard Advocate Law Judge.
Some examples of shipments classified as hazardous materials include gasoline, explosives, radioactive and infectious substances, propane, chlorine, acids, ammonia, and other poisonous gases. Drivers must renew the TSA background assessment at least every five years, although a state may require renewals that are more frequent.
More information about the program, how to apply, and a full list of eligibility criteria can be found online at tsa.gov.
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