How to Get the Hazardous Materials Endorsement

That “H” on your license is an essential requirement for all hazardous equipment drivers with ATC. That one letter means our drivers have worked harder to become more qualified to carry hazardous materials that could cause extensive damage to people and the environment.

It’s against the law to drive such cargo without that “H,” and ATC ensures that each of our drivers abides by that law! A Hazardous Materials Endorsement (HME) qualifies drivers to haul these dangerous materials wisely and efficiently. According to the DOT, the general requirements to obtain an HME are as follows:

  • Be 21 or older
  • Hold a valid CDL or CDL permit
  • Have no disqualifying criminal offenses (these are extensive, so click here to review carefully before applying)
  • Complete the TSA Threat Assessment

Obtaining an HME is a small investment with big return. Including the test, drivers can expect to pay $110-$120, an investment that can increase a driver’s yearly salary by approximately$10,000. Your hazardous freight increases your risk, and you’re worth every dollar someone will spend to transport it. That “H” on your license means you are more marketable and can be more particular about the jobs you will take.

Click here if you’re ready to apply for your HME. It could be the perfect next step to advancing your truck driving career! ATC offers access to classes and provides fee reimbursement, meaning you can rest assured that you are receiving the proper training. PLUS, we also pay extra for hazmat moves.

At ATC, we take the lives of our drivers and our citizens very seriously. A hazmat endorsement is typically good for five years, and we ensure that every one of our drivers is properly qualified for the cargo they transport.

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