The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is granting a temporary exemption
for expired Hazardous Material Endorsements (HMEs) on Commercial Driver’s Licenses (CDLs). Under the exemption, a State may grant an extension of up to 180 days for an HME that expires between March 1, 2020 and July 31, 2020.
Typically, an individual seeking renewal of an HME must initiate an HME Security Threat Assessment (STA) at least 60 days before expiration of his or her HME. The exemption applies, however, if an individual was unable to initiate or complete the required HME STA before July 31, 2020.
The exemption allows States to provide commercial drivers with up to four months of relief from TSA’s STA renewal requirements during the COVID–19 crisis, and also provides TSA the 60 days it needs to process the individual’s HME application once it is submitted. The exemption permits, but does not require, States to extend the expiration date for HMEs.