Last week, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) extended its hazardous materials endorsement exemption, allowing states to issue an extension of up to 180 days. The automatic 180-day exemption was due to expire on October 29, 2020.
That means the exemption will now apply to hazmat endorsements that would have generally expired between March 1 and December 31, 2020. Hazmat endorsements that expire during this time period will have an automatic 180-day extension.
The Texas Department of Public Safety is in the process of making updates to its website to reflect the extended exemption.
Although waivers are in place, the HME holder must return to the driver's license office 60 days before the extension expires to begin the renewal process.