If you are applying for a commercial driver's license to transport hazardous materials, you may be paying up to $38 for the Information Collection Fee and $34 for the Threat Assessment Fee. And it'll be up to your state if you are paying $22 or $24 for the FBI Fee. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) proposed it, now they are promising new hazmat transportation fees to cover their increased security costs since the terrorist attacks of 9/11.
In a recent final rule, effective January 31, 2005, TSA established a fee for security threat assessments that TSA is required to perform on individuals who apply for or renew a hazardous materials endorsement for a commercial driver's license. TSA also established a fee for collection and transmission of fingerprints and biographical information, which TSA finds necessary to perform the security threat assessments. TSA intends to use the fees collected under this final rule to pay for the costs of the security threat assessments and the costs of collection and transmission of fingerprints and biographical information.
Under the final rule, a state that opts to collect fingerprints and applicant information itself in accordance with the Hazmat Program Rule is required to collect and remit to TSA the Threat Assessment Fee in accordance with the requirements of the final rule, and collect and remit to the FBI its user fee (FBI Fee) to perform a criminal history records check (CHRC) in accordance with established FBI procedures. Nothing in the final rule prohibits the state, under its own fee authority, from collecting a fee determined by the state to cover its costs of collecting and transmitting fingerprints and applicant information. TSA notes that a state may not collect a fee for its own costs under TSA's fee authority.
A state that opts to permit a TSA agent to collect and transmit fingerprints and applicant information is not required to collect and remit to TSA any fees under this final rule. Rather, a TSA agent will collect and remit to TSA the Threat Assessment Fee, collect and keep the Information Collection Fee, and collect and remit to TSA the FBI Fee for forwarding to the FBI.
In states where a TSA agent collects fingerprints and applicant information, the Information Collection Fee is $38. The Threat Assessment Fee is $34. The FBI Fee is $22 if a TSA agent collects or $24 if the state collects the fee.
INFO: For payment eligibility questions, contact TSA's George Peterson at 517-227-2251.