How to become a HAZMAT driver
To transport hazardous substances the driver must have enough experience and be trained with handling, delivering and disposing of toxic items.
It is one of the most highly paid specializations in the trucking industry. Drivers often receive a premium for their qualifications.
The applicant must have an active CDL – Class A. But it is necessary to have HAZMAT certification.
The requirements include:
- Being 21 years of age
- Completing medical/eye exams
- Supplying proof of citizenship (or legal residence)
- Successful passing a HAZMAT test
The fee for undertaking this application ranges from $80-$110.
There will be an intensive TSA background check during the application period. It can take up to 60 days.
If the application is approved, the driver will start hauling Hazmat.
The hazardous chemicals can be also transported in tankers.
It is therefore recommended to have “H” (hazmat) and “N” (tanker) endorsements on your CDL. They can be coupled as an “X” endorsement.
Many trucking companies looks for drivers with an “X” CDL. It should be borne in mind that the personal account has its own requirements for the transportation of hazardous substances.
You should consider that State requirements for hauling Hazmat are different. So, check your State laws.