On Friday, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has extended its hazardous materials endorsement exemption that allows states to issue an extension of up to 180 days. The automatic 180-day exemption was due to expire on July 31, 2020.
That means the exemption will now apply to hazmat endorsements that would have normally expired between March 1 and October 29, 2020. Hazmat endorsements that expire during this time period will have an automatic 180-day extension.
The Texas Department of Public Safety is the process of making updates to their website to reflect the extended exemption.
Although waivers are in place, the HME holder must return to the driver license office 60 days before the extension expires to begin the renewal process.
For example, if the HME expires May 1, 2020, the 180-day exemption is good until October 31, 2020. The HME holder must return to the driver license office to begin the renewal process no later than August 31, 2020.
While the Texas Department of Public Safety (TX DPS) has not resumed normal operations, TX DPS is accepting drive license applications including renewals by appointment. Click here for appointments. Appointment availability may be limited based on your geographic location.