Do I Go To Background Screening Before Going To DMV For Hazmat Test?

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Jacob H.'s Comment
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I set up my screening for the next time I'm home and paid the $67 fee online since I have a TWIC already. Do I go to this screening, wait for all that to be cleared and whatnot, then go to the DMV to test & get hazmat endorsement added? I'm in Alabama if that makes a difference.

I want to make sure I do this in the right order as I'm not home very often, an hour away from a screening center, and an hour away from a DMV that does CDL tests, and don't want to waste time running all over the place.

Side note: Always appreciative of the help given on this forum. Started driving for Prime in July, and love my trucking career!!! I'm not sure I would have taken the plunge and left my old job without this site. Hazmat endorsement is to take my career to the next level so I can hopefully land a regional driver job with Estes when my contract with Prime is up in a few months (though I am happy with Prime!). Woohoo!

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Big Scott's Comment
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Check with your states DMV. Most states want the background check first.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

andhe78's Comment
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Definitely call your dmv. My state had you take and pass the test first, then they would give you a form to take to get your background check and fingerprints, then you’d have to wait to get your approval in the mail, which then you’d take to the dmv to get your temp hazmat , then wait to get your license in the mail. Annoying process.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

icecold24k's Comment
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Same thing here in Tennessee when I got my Hazmat a few months ago. I had to complete the background process first. Then when I received my clearance letter from the TSA I took it to my local DMV and took the Hazmat test. After I passed they gave me a temporary license until my hard copy came in the mail.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Susan D. 's Comment
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In Kentucky, you make an appointment at one of 5 locations in the state for fingerprinting, pay a $115 fee and they fill out your TSA screening form, send that in and in 2-8 weeks you get 2 letters in the mail authorizing you to take your written exam. $5 fee.

So yup, each state can be VERY different.

millionmiler24's Comment
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In Kentucky, you make an appointment at one of 5 locations in the state for fingerprinting, pay a $115 fee and they fill out your TSA screening form, send that in and in 2-8 weeks you get 2 letters in the mail authorizing you to take your written exam. $5 fee.

So yup, each state can be VERY different.

This is very helpful Susan for when I end up movin to Louisville. Thanks again. I appreciate it. 😁

Susan D. 's Comment
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Million miles.. the Louisville fingerprint location is the driver testing facility by Bowman Field (not the big one) airport. The fee must be brought by money order or certified check made out to Kentucky State Treasurer. Call and get your appointment (must have KY CDL first) and don't wait on line, go straight to room 6.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
millionmiler24's Comment
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Million miles.. the Louisville fingerprint location is the driver testing facility by Bowman Field (not the big one) airport. The fee must be brought by money order or certified check made out to Kentucky State Treasurer. Call and get your appointment (must have KY CDL first) and don't wait on line, go straight to room 6.

Cool,Thanks. 😁

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
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