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5 steps on how to get a hazmat endorsement
How to get a Hazmat Endorsement
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November 8, 2016

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.

How to get a hazmat endorsement:

  1. Complete the application
    • 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
  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. Take hazmat examination
    • Go to your local DMV and take the hazmat examination.

Schneider’s reimbursement and pay for hazmat endorsement

Tanker drivers

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.

Intermodal drivers

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.

Van Truckload drivers

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.

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