In order to ship hazardous cargo within the United States, logistics service providers must supply a driver that has a valid HME (Hazardous Materials Endorsement) license. The Texas Department of Public safety requires that drivers complete a four-step application process which includes:
- Completion and submission of HME application and required fees.
- Successful preparation and completion of the Hazardous Materials Endorsement Knowledge Exam.
- An in-person interview, background check with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for a security threat assessment and fingerprinting.
Because hazardous materials pose a critical threat to human health and the environment, and for assurances that hazardous cargo will not be used illegally, or for the purpose of acts of terrorism, or disposed of inappropriately, all shipments are closely regulated and monitored.