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Michigan HazMat Endorsement Guide with ELDT Training

Michigan HazMat Endorsement Step by Step Guide

  1. NEW REQUIREMENT: Pass a Michigan ELDT HazMat Course
  2. Undergo a TSA background check
  3. Complete HazMat application through Michigan DMV or TSA
  4. Complete a medical screening
  5. Pass the DMV written exam
  6. Submit a TSA Background Security Screening

Need to get your Michigan HazMat Endorsement? We have created a complete guide to help you understand the requirements for obtaining a Michigan HazMat Endorsement. All of these steps meet the NEW ELDT Mandate rules which have CHANGED the HazMat Endorsement testing process as of February 7th, 2022. As a bonus, this guide also includes links to access sample Michigan HazMat Theory test questions and answers via our online ELDT training course.

IMPORTANT:  If you have read another article on how to get a Michigan HazMat (H) Endorsement written prior to 2022 it is probably now WRONG!

Many people are still not aware of the Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) requirements.  Specifically, there is likely to be one extremely important step that is missing or just flat-out incorrect. Let's face it, there would be nothing worse than thinking you're prepared to test and heading to your local Michigan licensing agency only to be turned away!

So let's get started with learning the CORRECT steps on How to Get a Michigan Hazardous Materials (HazMat) Endorsement in 2022 (and beyond).

What is a HazMat Endorsement?

Let's first make sure we understand the purpose behind a HazMat Endorsement. You, a professional CDL driver, need a Michigan HazMat endorsement to haul hazardous materials in your freight. These loads carry hazardous substances that can have adverse effects on you and the environment. In order to meet safety and compliance standards, this means they require a special endorsement to be added to your Michigan CDL in order to transport them. Additionally, a driver with a hazardous materials endorsement is subject to specific responsibilities beyond the standard requirements set by the Department of Transportation (DOT) of a standard CDL driver without a HazMat endorsement.

HazMat Driver Additional Responsibilities Include:

  • Maintaining Shipping Papers

  • Placarding and Marking the Vehicle

  • Loading and Unloading

  • Ensuring Compatibility Requirements

  • Blocking and Bracing

  • Completing Incident & Accident Reports

  • Complying to a Security Plan

  • Employee Training - HazMat Theory

The hazardous materials endorsement on a Michigan CDL means the driver has passed the mandatory training and tests to transport all classes of hazardous materials. The driver must keep a copy of the HazMat table in their truck to properly categorize types of loads on all paperwork and comply with Hazardous Materials Requirements (HMR).

Types/Classes of Hazardous Materials Include:

  • Class 1 – Explosives

  • Class 2 – Gases

  • Class 3 – Flammable Liquid

  • Class 4 – Flammable Solids

  • Class 5 – Oxidizing Substances / Organic Peroxides

  • Class 6 – Poisonous (Toxic) and Infectious Substances

  • Class 7 – Radioactive Material

  • Class 8 – Corrosives

  • Class 9 – Miscellaneous Dangerous Goods

    Environmentally hazardous substances, elevated temperature material, hazardous wastes, marine pollutants

The FMCSA conducts over 154,000 annual roadside inspections each year to ensure safety guidelines are met while transporting the materials. Carrying a HazMat endorsement comes with increased responsibilities, including a thorough understanding of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to avoid violations. The new HazMat Theory training regulation has been mandated to ensure that all drivers are trained and meet a consistent safety standard and training to transport hazardous materials.

IMPORTANT: HazMat Theory ELDT Mandate Update

As part of the new ELDT requirements that went into effect on February 7, 2022, all drivers seeking a Michigan HazMat endorsement are required to complete a Hazardous Materials theory training program BEFORE testing at a local Michigan DMV or licensing agency.

The HazMat Theory training program must be provided by a company/entity on the official Training Provider Registry in order to fulfill the necessary theory instruction needed to take the knowledge test as part of the Federal Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) requirements. As part of the ELDT requirements, this training is now required before taking the written test for the HazMat endorsement test at the BMV or DMV in Michigan.

Prior to February 7, 2022 these were the steps to obtain a Michigan HazMat endorsement:

  1. Undergo a required Federal Security Threat Assessment (well-known as TSA: background check)
  2. Fill out the "Hazardous Materials Endorsement" application through the DMV or TSA, depending on which is required in your state
  3. Complete a medical screening
  4. Take and pass the Michigan DMV written exam (varies by state)
  5. Submit a TSA Background Security Screening either online or in-person

After February 7, 2022, these are the steps to obtain aMichigan HazMat endorsement:

  1. Pass a HazMat theory knowledge exam
  2. Undergo a required Federal Security Threat Assessment (well-known as TSA: background check)
  3. Fill out the "Hazardous Materials Endorsement" application through the Michigan DMV or TSA, depending on which is required in your state
  4. Complete a medical screening
  5. Pass the DMV written exam (varies by state)
  6. Submit a TSA Background Security Screening either online or in-person
  7. Wait for TSA to send an official notice of completion. Once the state receives a copy, you will then obtain your hazmat endorsement.

Before you begin these steps you need to have held at least one of the following:

  • Commercial learners permit and/or a temporary license in Michigan
  • Employment Authorization Document to earn a hazardous material endorsement
  • A valid Michigan CDL

C1 Truck Driver Training, a school on the official Training Provider Registry, offers a Michigan Hazardous Materials (H) endorsement theory training online course for $99 per individual or for a group rate to businesses.  This will help you meet the ELDT requirement and includes sample Michigan HazMat Endorsement test questions and answers. 

C1 Truck Driver Training will automatically transmit results to the Training Provider Registry upon completion of the program. Once these results are accepted, the driver will be permitted to take the required knowledge test for obtaining a HazMat endorsement at a local Michigan licensing office.

Don't Get Rejected at the Michigan BMV, DMV, or local licensing agency!

NOTE: outdated information has been published everywhere, and anyone seeking a Michigan HazMat endorsement will be turned away from the DMV if the individual has not completed the new HazMat theory training program requirement.

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* Course not valid for the state of Washington