CDL drivers will be required to submit to a criminal background check in order to get their Hazmat endorsement or TWIC cards.
Background checks will be administered by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
The drivers criminal history, as well as wanted or warrant status, and terrorist watch list status, will be checked.
There are two levels of offenses that can disqualify a driver from getting a Hazmat endorsement or TWIC.
Higher level 'A' offenses will permanently disqualify a driver, while lower level 'B' offenses disqualify a driver temporarily.
Reasons or criminal offenses that the TSA may use to permanently disqualify a truck driver from getting a TWIC card include: From the TSA document: "An applicant will be disqualified if he or she was convicted, pled guilty (including ‘no contest’), or found not guilty by reason of insanity for any of the following felonies regardless of when they occurred:"
Convictions for any of the following is disqualifying if the applicant was convicted, pled guilty (including 'no contest'), or found not guilty by reason of insanity within the past 7 years, OR if the applicant was released from prison after conviction within the last 5 years:
A person will be disqualified if he or she is wanted or under indictment in any civilian or military jurisdiction for a felony listed under Part A or Part B until the want or warrant is released or the indictment is dismissed.
A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:
Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations
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:
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.
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.
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