If I currently have a hazardous materials endorsement, do I need to apply for a background record check before I renew?

You should apply for a federal background records check with the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) Universal Enrollment Services at:   https://universalenroll.dhs.gov/ approximately 45-60 days before you renew your license.

If you receive the TSA letter of approval by the time you wish to renew, bring the letter with you when you visit a Secretary of State office to renew. You should receive your photo license with the hazardous materials endorsement within two weeks of your renewal application.

If your photo license has not expired and you wish to renew before receiving TSA's letter, you may renew your license and will  receive a 90-day temporary operator permit (TOP) with a hazardous material endorsement. Your photo license will not be produced until the Secretary of State receives TSA's response.  If the Secretary of State does not receive a TSA response  and you do not receive a TSA letter prior to the expiration of the 90-day TOP, you must return to a Secretary of State office and re-apply for a driver license without the hazardous material endorsement.

§  If  the Secretary of State receives a TSA response of "approved" prior to the expiration of the 90-day TOP, you will  receive your photo license with the hazardous materials endorsement within two weeks of the Secretary of State receiving the TSA response; or

§  If the Secretary of State receives a TSA response of "denied"  prior to the expiration of the  90-day TOP, you will receive your photo license without the hazardous material endorsement, within two weeks of the Secretary of State receiving the TSA response.

If your photo license is expired when you renew, you will receive a 60-day TOP without a hazardous material endorsement. You will be allowed drive other vehicles and will receive a photo license without the hazardous materials endorsement. When you receive a TSA response of "approved" you  must return to a Secretary of State office and pay a fee to add the hazardous materials endorsement. 

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