U.S. starts HAZMAT fingerprinting

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has started fingerprinting U.S. truck drivers applying to renew or transfer hazardous materials endorsements on their commercial driver’s licenses.

This is the final phase of the agency’s hazmat threat assessment programme. In the programme’s first phase, TSA conducted name-based security threat assessments on the 2.7 million U.S. licensed hazmat drivers. Phase Two added a fingerprint-based FBI criminal history records check and immigration status check for new applicants. Checks began in January for drivers seeking first-time permission to haul hazmat.

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