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HAZPRINT PROGRAM

 

QUESTION:

What is the HazPrint Program?

ANSWER:

This is a program, mandated by TSA and administered by MorphoTrust USA, to fingerprint drivers who wish to hold a commercial license with a hazardous materials endorsement, as part of their threat assessment background checks.  The program employs a network of HazPrint Enrollment Centers in many states across the nation, which allows drivers from participating states to complete their applications in any participating state.

 

QUESTION: 

What is a participating state?

ANSWER:     

A participating state is any state in the HazPrint network of states.  For a complete list click on the "Locations" tab at the top of this page.

 

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APPLICATION

 

QUESTION:

Is there a TSA-required time frame for applying for my threat assessment?

ANSWER:

TSA rules require that you apply at least 30 days before your license is due to expire.

 

QUESTION: 

How do I apply for my Hazardous Materials Endorsement (HME) background check?

ANSWER:     

Begin by completing an electronic application by clicking on the "Apply Now" tab at the top of this page, or by calling the Drivers Helpdesk, at 855-347-8371, where you can complete your application over the phone.

 

QUESTION: 

What if I am in the middle of completing my application on-line and I have a question?

ANSWER:     

You can call the Drivers Helpdesk, at 855-347-8371, for assistance.

 

QUESTION: 

What if I cannot find some required information at the time I am completing my application?

ANSWER:     

You can add or change anything on your application, before you are fingerprinted, by calling the Drivers Helpdesk at 855-347-8371, or at the HazPrint Enrollment Center where you will review your application for accuracy and completeness.

 

QUESTION:  

What can I do if I have mistakenly applied twice?

ANSWER:     

Call the Drivers Helpdesk, at 855-347-8371, to make a correction.

 

QUESTION:

Is the electronic application all that I need to complete in order to receive my HME?

ANSWER:

No, unless you are applying for comparability.  You must also be fingerprinted at one of the HazPrint Enrollment Centers located across the United States.  Click on the "Locations" tab at the top of this page or call the Drivers Helpdesk, at 855-347-8371, for locations.

 

QUESTION:

What if I already hold an HME and just need to renew?

ANSWER:

Congressional regulations require that you complete a full HME application, with fingerprints, each time you apply for a new or renewed HME.  If you are renewing your HME, you must also complete the online application, provide payment, and submit new fingerprints at one of the identified HazPrint Enrollment Centers.

 

QUESTION:  

What happens once I have completed my electronic application?

ANSWER:     

You must now be fingerprinted.  Upon completion of your electronic application, you will be given a confirmation number for your records.  You may also want to make note of the list of acceptable forms of identification which appears at the end of your application and in the Acceptable Forms of ID section.  You will need to present either one primary or two secondary forms of identification at th HazPrint Enrollment Center. 

 

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ACCEPTABLE FORMS OF IDENTIFICATION

 

QUESTION:

What identification must I take to a HazPrint Enrollment Center?

ANSWER:

The list of required identity and proof of citizenship/immigration eligibility documents can be viewed at http://www.tsa.gov/stakeholders/acceptable-enrollment-documents.

 

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PAYMENT

 

QUESTION:  

Is there a fee for the HME background check?

ANSWER:     

Yes.  It is $86.50.

 

QUESTION:  

How can I pay?

ANSWER:     

You can pay by credit card or eCheck at the time you are completing your electronic application, or by taking a money order for the exact amount of $86.50 to the HazPrint Enrollment Center fingerprint site.

 

QUESTION:  

What if I cannot afford to pay at the time I submit my electronic application?

Answer:       

The fee of $86.50 is due prior to being fingerprinted.  You do not have to pay when you submit you electronic application, but will need to submit payment before your fingerprints are taken.  Please note the forms of payment vary depending upon when you pay.

 

QUESTION:  

Can I pay with cash or personal check?

ANSWER:

No. The only acceptable forms of payment are credit card or eCheck at the time you complete your electronic application, or by presenting a money order at the HazPrint Enrollment Center.

 

QUESTION:  

If I elect to pay by money order, who do I make it payable to?

ANSWER:     

MorphoTrust USA.

 

QUESTION:  

What if I want to pay by credit card or eCheck after I have completed my electronic application?

ANSWER:     

Call the Drivers Helpdesk, at 855-347-8371, before you go to be fingerprinted, and the payment can be added to your application.

 

QUESTION:  

What if I change my mind and want to get my money back?

ANSWER:     

Once a payment has been made, it cannot be refunded.

 

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GETTING FINGERPRINTED

 

QUESTION:  

How soon can I be fingerprinted after I have completed my electronic application?

ANSWER:     

You can be fingerprinted the same day, usually within one hour or less.

 

QUESTION:  

Where can I get fingerprinted?

ANSWER:     

You can be fingerprinted at a HazPrint Enrollment Center in any HazPrint participating state.

 

QUESTION:

Where can I find a list of HazPrint Enrollment Centers?

ANSWER:

Click on the "Locations" tab at the top of this page or call the Drivers Helpdesk, at 855-347-8371.

 

QUESTION:

Do I need to make an appointment?

ANSWER:

Most HazPrint Enrollment Centers provide a walk-in service; however, some require, or permit, appointments.  See each individual Enrollment Center listing for specific details.

 

QUESTION:

What do I need to take to a HazPrint Enrollment Center?

ANSWER:

You will need to take your driver's license and one primary or two secondary forms of identification.  (Your driver's license will serve as a secondary form of identification.)

 

QUESTION:

Instead of one primary form of identification, can I present two secondary forms of identification?

ANSWER:

Yes, you can.


QUESTION:

Do I have to take a copy of my application with me?

ANSWER:

No.  The operator at the HazPrint Enrollment Center will access your electronic application using your driver's license number, so be sure to have your license with you.

 

QUESTION:

What next?

ANSWER:

Your fingerprints will be captured electronically, added to your electronic application, and transmitted to the FBI for evaluation.

 

QUESTION:

How can I be certain my fingerprints have been successfully captured?

ANSWER:

During and at the end of the fingerprint session, the operator will verify all your fingerprints are acceptable.

 

QUESTION:

What happens if my fingerprints are rejected by the FBI?

ANSWER:

You will be notified immediately by letter or telephone, if you have provided a contact number on your application, to return to any HazPrint Enrollment Center to be reprinted.  You can reprint, at no cost, within 2 months of being notified.  You can reprint at any HazPrint Enrollment Center in the HazPrint network, regardless of where you originally fingerprinted.

 

QUESTION:

What if my fingerprints are of equally poor quality the second time I get fingerprinted?  Will I have to keep getting fingerprinted over and over?

ANSWER:

No.  The FBI requires only one reprint after the initial reject.  After that a threat assessment is completed based on all the other information available in your application.

 

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COMPLETION OF THE HAZMAT THREAT ASSESSMENT

 

QUESTION:

How long does it take to complete the Hazmat Threat Assessment?

ANSWER:

TSA's target date for completion of threat assessments is 30 days from the date your fingerprints are submitted.  Issues with your eligibility or insufficient paperwork may delay this turnaround time.  Please wait at least two weeks before calling  the Drivers Helpdesk, at 855-347-8371, to make sure your fingerprints have been received and that your case is processing accordingly.

 

QUESTION:

Will my state's driver's licensing agency be notified when my threat assessment is complete?

ANSWER:

Yes.  Your state's licensing agency will be notified electronically by TSA at the same time a letter is sent to you.

 

QUESTION:

Where can I get additional information?

ANSWER:

Please visit TSA’s website for the hazardous materials endorsement threat assessment program at:  http://www.tsa.gov/stakeholders/hazmat-endorsement-threat-assessment-program

 

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COMPARABILITY

 

QUESTION:

Are the background checks for an HME the same as the background checks conducted for individuals applying for a TWIC Security Threat Assessment (STA)?

ANSWER:

Yes.  They have the same eligibility requirements, share a consistent waiver and appeal process, and leverage the same fingerprint-based criminal history records check.  As a result, the HME and TWIC STAs have been deemed comparable.

 

QUESTION:

Do applicants with HMEs have to repeat the STA if they are applying for TWICs?

ANSWER:

No.  Applicants who apply for a TWIC do not have to pay the full price for the TWIC STA if they apply successful clearance results from their most recent HME STA, and as a result, the fee for the TWIC is reduced by $27.25.  All TWIC applicants must pay the fees that cover the other components of the TWIC program, including enrollment and card issuance. Applicants are always offered the option to apply for a full-fee TWIC STA if they determine it is more cost- and time-effective to do so.

 

QUESTION:

Do applicants with TWICs have to repeat the STA if they are applying for HME STAs?

ANSWER:

Effective February  2012, applicants who apply for an HME STA do not have to pay the full price for an HME STA if they apply successful clearance results from their most recent TWIC STA and they obtain an HME in a State that can offer comparability.  Applicants must fill out the HME STA application online or over the phone (depending on existing application procedures within the State in which the individual is applying) and confirm the TWIC STA is valid and there is sufficient time, one year or four years depending on state, remaining prior to the TWIC expiration date. Applicants are always offered the option to apply for a full-fee HME STA if they determine it is more cost- and time-effective to do so.

 

QUESTION:

If applicants already have TWICs and qualify for comparable HME STAs, what is the application fee?

ANSWER:

Overall, the application fee is reduced by $19.50.  The programmatic portion of the threat assessment fee is reduced by $5, because this is the historical cost of the portion of the threat assessment that is satisfied by previously conducted TSA vetting services.  In addition, the $14.50 FBI fee is not required because the applicant is not submitting fingerprints for a criminal check.

For individuals licensed in the 39 States and the District of Columbia that use the TSA-contracted agent for this program, the HME STA application fee is $86.50 (this fee covers the TSA threat assessment only and your State may charge additional fees for the HME application process, including testing and license issuance).  If applicants already have TWICs and qualify for comparable HME STAs, the application fee is reduced by $19.50 to $67.00.
 
As of February 2012, the only States offering comparability to their drivers are part of the group of States serviced by the TSA-contracted agent.  As States not serviced by the TSA-contracted agent begin to offer comparability at a future date, the HME STA fee will be reduced by $19.50 (not including any additional fees charged by those States for the HME application process).
 
All HME STA applicants must pay the fees that cover the other components of the HME Threat Assessment Program (HTAP), including application fees and any other fees charged by their respective States for license testing and issuance.
 
Note: Individuals should consider the expiration date of their current TWIC in order to determine if it is more cost- and time-effective to apply for a full or a comparable/reduced fee HME STA.

 

QUESTION:

Since HME requirements are specific to the individual States, are all 50 States and the District of Columbia offering individuals who hold TWICs a reduced fee when applying for an HME STA?

ANSWER:

No.  Due to specific State statutes, license cycles, and system limitations, not all States will be able to offer a reduced fee for the HME STA to their HME applicants as of June 2013. Applicants in a State that can offer comparability will be provided notice during the application process, and the application itself will offer individuals the option to pay a reduced fee by electing to use a comparable TWIC STA. As of June 2013, the following 14 jurisdictions (including the District of Columbia) can support comparability when at least one year remains on the TWIC STA:

1. Arizona

2. California

3. Delaware

4. District of Columbia

5. Hawaii

6. Missouri

7. Nebraska

8. Nevada

9. New Mexico

10. North Carolina

11. Oregon

12. South Dakota

13. Utah

14. Virginia

15. West Virginia

16. Wyoming

 

As of June 2013, the following jurisdictions can support comparability when at least four years remain on the TWIC STA:

1. Alabama

2. Colorado

3. Kansas

4. Minnesota

5. Montana

6. New Jersey

7. North Dakota

8. Oklahoma

9. Vermont

 

QUESTION:

If TWIC holders choose to use comparable HME STAs, when will their HMEs expire?

ANSWER:

The HME will be issued with the same expiration date as the individual’s TWIC.  Therefore, individuals should consider the expiration date of their current TWIC to determine if it is cost- and time-effective to apply for a comparable HME STA.

 

QUESTION:

How do TWIC holders who are applying for HME STAs know if the State where they are applying for the HME STA offers comparability?

ANSWER:

Please see the listing of States above.  Applicants can ask States about comparability during their application process, or they can contact the HazPrints help desk at (877) 429-7746 (7AM-9PM Eastern, Monday - Friday). Effective February 2012, the online application (available at https://hazprints.tsa.dhs.gov) for the HME STA will also identify whether particular States offer comparability once applicants specify the State in which they are licensed.

 

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