California Hazmat

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Crispin G.'s Comment
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So I plan on going to CDL school in a few months. I wanna get my permit and all endorsements before school though so I can just focus on the truck. Can I do the TSA background check before I even have my permit?? Also can I take the hazmat test the same day I take the permit test??

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

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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So I plan on going to CDL school in a few months. I wanna get my permit and all endorsements before school though so I can just focus on the truck. Can I do the TSA background check before I even have my permit?? Also can I take the hazmat test the same day I take the permit test??

This may help, a bit:

" The hazardous materials written exam must be taken at your state DMV office. It can only be taken after the TSA assessment has been completed. The knowledge exam must be passed before issuance of the CDL license with the HAZMAT endorsement."

Kind of confusing, but seemingly, you've got to get your CDLP first.

~ Anne ~

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

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.

Pacific Pearl's Comment
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I think you're confusing the TSA assessment with the HAZMAT knowledge exam - they're two separate requirements. The TSA assessment requires you to show up at a TSA site and submit your fingerprints. You'll get a letter a few weeks later saying, "Congratulations! You are NOT a terrorist" (actual wording may be slightly different). The letter will tell you that a letter was also sent to your state's DMV letting them know it's alright for you to take the HAZMAT knowledge exam. The letter also advises you to wait a week or two to make sure your state's DMV has sufficient time to receive the letter from TSA and add you to the list of eligible HAZMAT knowledge exam takers.

Yes, you can start the TSA background check before you obtain your permit. Yes, you can take your HAZMAT knowledge test the same day you take your permit test IF the TSA has already completed your background check, notified your state's DMV and your DMV has added you to their list.

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

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

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.

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