HazMat Endorsement In Florida. TWIC Credential

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Michelle E.'s Comment
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I'm thinking of obtaining my Hazmat endorsement, I live in Florida.

I have my TWIC credential issued Dec. 18, 2020 the TSA states on their homepage that having the TWIC credential can satisfy the need for the background check.

Florida's Department of highway safety and motor vehicles website states a background check and fingerprinting must be done to obtain the HME and the process is done by the TSA but makes no mention of the TWIC credential as a way to save time on the HME process. Which I find confusing since my TWIC credential background check was done by the TSA

Does anyone have experience in this matter in regards to Florida accepting the TWIC credential?

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

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.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Michelle,

In some ways, Florida is 'much' like California; having of their 'own' rules & regs.

The only person that I can think of that would know this, Rick S., has been on 'hiatus' from TT for quite some time. I'll see if I can round him up, unless you've gotten your information already. Sorry!

I grew up in Manatee County, FL, but have been in Ohio for quite some time....so much has changed.

Wish you well; I'll try & yap him up!

~ Anne ~

Pacific Pearl's Comment
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Per TSA:

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced that holders of Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWICs) are no longer required to submit duplicative biographic and biometric information – and fees – to TSA when these drivers are applying for a state-administered hazmat endorsement.

Full announcement:

https://www.tsa.gov/sites/default/files/tsa-191230-3_4.1attachment_for_1978_exemption.pdf

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.

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.

Pacific Pearl's Comment
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Just to be clear - while the individual states get to issue the licenses and endorsements (and make their own rules) the background check is a Federal requirement. As such, the Feds make the rules. Individual states don't get to decide what background checks they will accept, nor perform their own background checks.

The change in the rules is relatively new (April 15, 2020). I'm guessing that for the Florida DMV updating their website during a pandemic is a low priority.

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.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Per TSA:

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced that holders of Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWICs) are no longer required to submit duplicative biographic and biometric information – and fees – to TSA when these drivers are applying for a state-administered hazmat endorsement.

Full announcement:

https://www.tsa.gov/sites/default/files/tsa-191230-3_4.1attachment_for_1978_exemption.pdf

Awesome!

From a WASHINGTONIAN, no less!!

Thanks....I didn't venture a guess......LoL!

Pacific Pearl to the Atlantic rescue; love it!!

~ Anne ~

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.

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.

Michelle E.'s Comment
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Thanks to everyone who responded. I felt the FEDERAL background should take precedence over the state, according to the TSA directive. I'm guessing the local licensing office was unaware of the update.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Thanks to everyone who responded. I felt the FEDERAL background should take precedence over the state, according to the TSA directive. I'm guessing the local licensing office was unaware of the update.

I didn't do 'much,' haha! But . . .

Indeed, you are correct....we've had some interesting conundrums with the re opening of the DMV offices in Ohio, since Covid inception, elimination, and now .. who KNOWS what! Sadly, there are so many unawares!

Glad that Pacific Pearl got you in the right direction; I was timid to hazard a guess.

Stick around TT, and let us know what supersedes!!

~ Anne ~

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.

Captain J.'s Comment
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I was wondering the same thing. I have an appointment for TWIC application tmw. and want to go to DMV to get my original CDL. I want to have both T and X endorsements when my original CDL is issued. But I don't want to pay $91.00 for Hazmat processing fee on top of the $125.25 TWIC fee since TSA issued an exemption for the duplicate background check. Also another thing which I am not sure is if I want to add the X endorsement after my CDL is issued, will I need to pay for the CDL fee -$81.25-again? Otherwise I could maybe have my CDL issued without the X endorsement until my TWIC application is processed and have the DMV add the endorsement once I have my TWIC card.

I'm thinking of obtaining my Hazmat endorsement, I live in Florida.

I have my TWIC credential issued Dec. 18, 2020 the TSA states on their homepage that having the TWIC credential can satisfy the need for the background check.

Florida's Department of highway safety and motor vehicles website states a background check and fingerprinting must be done to obtain the HME and the process is done by the TSA but makes no mention of the TWIC credential as a way to save time on the HME process. Which I find confusing since my TWIC credential background check was done by the TSA

Does anyone have experience in this matter in regards to Florida accepting the TWIC credential?

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.

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.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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I was wondering the same thing. I have an appointment for TWIC application tmw. and want to go to DMV to get my original CDL. I want to have both T and X endorsements when my original CDL is issued. But I don't want to pay $91.00 for Hazmat processing fee on top of the $125.25 TWIC fee since TSA issued an exemption for the duplicate background check. Also another thing which I am not sure is if I want to add the X endorsement after my CDL is issued, will I need to pay for the CDL fee -$81.25-again? Otherwise I could maybe have my CDL issued without the X endorsement until my TWIC application is processed and have the DMV add the endorsement once I have my TWIC card.

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I'm thinking of obtaining my Hazmat endorsement, I live in Florida.

I have my TWIC credential issued Dec. 18, 2020 the TSA states on their homepage that having the TWIC credential can satisfy the need for the background check.

Florida's Department of highway safety and motor vehicles website states a background check and fingerprinting must be done to obtain the HME and the process is done by the TSA but makes no mention of the TWIC credential as a way to save time on the HME process. Which I find confusing since my TWIC credential background check was done by the TSA

Does anyone have experience in this matter in regards to Florida accepting the TWIC credential?

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Captain J.,

Welcome to Trucking Truth!! Some Florida guys may chime in, but... in the mean time. . . this:

It's been quite awhile since my guy got his in Ohio... but pretty sure he 'still' paid the $80.00 ...... then again, that was in '03 ~ Might have changed; leniency via Covid has 'helped' some.. not sure about this one.

Best wishes!

~ Anne ~

ps: Standby for the Florida peeps; and those that know more than us 'Buckeyes!' LoL!

post post script: Who've you decided to get on with, in Florida?? I'm always looking for 'data' to 'accumulate!' (I'm from Florida!)

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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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