Applying for a Pennsylvania CDL - Endorsement H (Hazardous Materials)
In order to drive large-sized vehicles in the United States, you need a Commercial Driver’s License . More specifically, most vehicles with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of over 26,001 pounds require a CDL to drive. Specialty vehicles like school busses or hazardous material transports require additional licensing on top of a CDL. These additional privileges are known as endorsements. In order to drive vehicles that deal with hazardous materials (Hazmat), the CDL holder must also hold Endorsement H . Another related endorsement is Endorsement N , which allows the holder to drive tank vehicles. Driving a tank with hazardous materials requires both of these endorsements, which are referred to together as Endorsement X .
Qualifying and Applying For A Pennsylvania CDL
The requirements to apply for a basic CDL in Pennsylvania are fairly simple and less strict than in some other states. All you need is a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license, a social security card, proof of identity and residency, and the completed forms (available online from the Pennsylvania DMV). These forms are taken in to a Driver’s License Center to apply for a CDL Learner’s Permit . Part of this form involves submitting medical information in the form of a Medical Examiner’s Certificate (DOT Physical Card) issued under the regulations of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
Qualifying and Applying For Endorsement H In Pennsylvania
The requirements for Endorsement H are the strictest amongst all of the endorsements. After passing the knowledge test, you must pass a Federal Security Threat Assessment, be fingerprinted at an approved station, and not have any disqualifying criminal convictions. The Security Threat Assessment is filled out through a form and submitted along with a fee. Fingerprinting in Pennsylvania is now handled by 3M Cogent; an FBI approved company, rather than the police force.
H2. Fees for Applying For a CDL w/Endorsement H In Pennsylvania
The basic application fee for applying for a CDL with Endorsement H is $74.50 for the initial permit plus a 4 year license, as well as an additional $60 that applies specifically to Endorsement H. There is a $60 fee for the Security Threat Assessment, a $34 fee paid to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for the fingerprinting processing, and a $26 FBI fee collected by 3M Cogent.
Other Information for Obtaining a CDL with Endorsement H in Pennsylvania
Keep in mind that Endorsement H does not allow you to operate tanker vehicles. If you plan on driving tankers that carry hazardous materials, you will need to obtain Endorsement N as well. This only requires an additional knowledge test, and of course, an additional fee.