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Virginia HazMat Endorsement Guide with ELDT Training

Virginia HazMat Endorsement Guide

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

Knowing where to start to gain your Virginia HazMat endorsement can be a challenge! This step-by-step Virginia Hazardous Materials endorsement guide includes all requirements that you need to know about to get your Virginia HazMat AND meet the new ELDT requirements for 2022 and beyond since the rules have changed as of February 7th, 2022. We will include information on how to access a course with sample HazMat test questions and answers.

So beware, If you are reading a "how to" article on getting a Virginia HazMat (H) endorsement written before 2022, it is most likely now WRONG!

Don't get caught heading to the local Virginia licensing agency only to be turned away! There is likely to be one extremely important step that you are missing without this guide.

Make sure you follow the CORRECT steps on How to Get a Virginia Hazardous Materials (HazMat) Endorsement with the guide below.

What is a HazMat Endorsement?

You will need a Virginia HazMat endorsement to haul hazardous materials in your freight. These loads carry hazardous substances that can have adverse effects on you and the environment. They require a special endorsement to be added to your Virginia 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 Virginia 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.

NEW: HazMat Theory Requirement & ELDT Mandate

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

The program must be provided by a company/entity on the official Training Provider Registry and will 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 at the BMV or DMV.

Prior to February 7, 2022, these were the steps to obtain a Virginia 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 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 a Virginia 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 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
  • Employment Authorization Document to earn a hazardous material endorsement
  • A valid CDL

C1 Truck Driver Training, a school on the official Training Provider Registry, offers a Virginia 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 Virginia 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 Virginia licensing office.

Don't Get Turned Away at the Virginia BMV, DMV, or local licensing agency!

Please note that outdated information is out there, and anyone seeking a Virginia 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