How to Get a Hazmat Endorsement

By The Schneider Guy Nov 8, 2016
Schneider Tanker Driver

Schneider is one of the safest carriers in the industry. Every day our fleet of 10,120 tractors travels 8.2 million miles hauling 19,318 loads in 33,830 trailers and 17,720 containers. Between our drivers, their loads and the motoring public, there’s a lot that needs protecting.

That’s why the Big Orange’s number-one core value is Safety First and Always. And we couldn’t live up to that standard if it weren’t for our drivers, who don’t just know safety, they deliver it.

It should come as no surprise that Schneider encourages drivers to obtain a Hazardous Materials (hazmat) endorsement on their Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). Schneider even requires certain drivers to obtain this endorsement, depending on location and load type. Regardless, a hazmat endorsement is beneficial to all drivers, as it opens up more freight opportunities, creating more options for better loads.

Drivers are eligible to apply for a hazmat endorsement if they are a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident, naturalized citizen or a nonimmigrant alien, asylee or refugee who is in lawful status and have a CDL issued by a U.S. state. Drivers must be of legal age to operate a hazmat vehicle. It’s a good idea to check with the state in which your license was issued for additional citizenship or lawful presence requirements stricter than the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) before applying.

Drivers must provide information such as fingerprints and successfully pass a security threat assessment conducted by the TSA. The security threat assessment considers convictions, arrests, warrants and indictments for certain offenses and other background information.

5 steps to get a hazmat endorsement and join Schneider’s culture of safety:

  1. Complete the application online or in person at an application center.
    • Residents of Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin need to check with their local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). These states may have a slightly different process for obtaining a hazmat endorsement. 
  2. Schedule an appointment online or call (855) 347-8371 weekdays, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET. 
  3. Visit an application center to:
    • Provide required documentation
    • Get fingerprinted (drivers who have already been fingerprinted for their TWIC may use the same prints)
    • Present your current U.S. passport, driver’s license, birth certificate or other acceptable documents
    • Pay a non-refundable fee valid for five years with a credit card, money order, company check or certified/cashier’s check
  4. Check your status online
  5. Go to your local DMV and take the hazmat examination.

Schneider’s reimbursement and pay for hazmat endorsement

Schneider reimburses Tanker drivers 100% for the cost of fingerprinting and the background check. Drivers are responsible for paying a nominal fee to cover the hazmat examination cost.

Schneider’s Intermodal division does not compensate drivers for the initial cost or renewal of obtaining their hazmat endorsement; however, drivers will receive $10 per hazmat load.

Schneider’s Van Truckload division compensates company drivers for the initial hazmat endorsement and renewals, as well as paying drivers for calling a hazmat hotline. Drivers call the hazmat hotline from the shipper when they are picking up a hazmat load. During the hazmat call, we confirm that the driver has compliant paperwork, any required permits and the correct placards prior to leaving the shipper. Also during the hazmat call, we remind the drivers of requirements for hazmat routing, where to store the paperwork and completing tire and lock checks while hauling a hazmat load.

Looking to raise the bar even higher for your driving career? Check out Schneider’s wide range of driving opportunities and discover what it truly means to live Safety First and Always.

Are you prepared to obtain your hazmat endorsement?


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