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Hazardous Material Requirements

The Uniting & Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (USA PATRIOT) Act was signed into law on October 25, 2001. This Federal law addresses terrorism and national security and includes provisions that require commercial drivers who transport hazardous materials to have their fingerprints taken and successfully complete a Federal criminal history background check (federal security threat assessment). The federal security threat assessment and hazardous material knowledge test is required for new (initial) Hazardous (H) material endorsement holders, transfer applicants, and renewal applicants. The federal security threat assessment and hazardous material knowledge test is required each time a H endorsement holder renews their CDL


1. To apply for an initial Hazardous (H) material endorsement, the driver must first obtain a North Dakota commercial permit or a North Dakota commercial license. When this is done, he or she can then initiate the federal security threat assessment. Drivers who obtain the North Dakota commercial license and pass the security assessment are eligible to take the Hazardous material knowledge test in order to put the H endorsement on their North Dakota CDL license.
   
2. Commercial drivers who are renewing the H endorsement on their North Dakota CDL or transferring an out-of-state CDL with an H endorsement will be required to undergo the federal security threat assessment. Out-of-state CDL applicants will need to obtain a North Dakota CDL in order to initiate the security assessment; however, if the prior state of record can confirm that a security assessment was already done, North Dakota may honor that assessment pending the time remaining on it. When the security assessment is passed, the driver can then take the Hazardous material knowledge test in order to put the H endorsement on their North Dakota CDL license.
   
To initiate the federal security threat assessment and obtain information on fees and TSA fingerprint collection site locations, visit the federal website at https://universalenroll.dhs.gov or call the federal Help Desk at 1-855-347-8371.

North Dakota and Surrounding Area Fingerprint Sites are located below:

 
Fingerprint Collection Site Phone Number
Bismarck, North Dakota call 701-223-4424 for an appointment
Dickinson, North Dakota call 701-483-6559 for an appointment
Minot, North Dakota call 701-839-4730
Aberdeen, South Dakota see federal website for details
Sidney, Montana see federal website for details
St Cloud, Minnesota see federal website for details