Possibility of a waiver for hazmat?

Discussion in 'Hazmat Trucking Forum' started by Quadrin, Mar 30, 2023.

  1. Quadrin

    Quadrin Bobtail Member

    Mar 30, 2023
    I am just now getting into trucking. I’ve read through the TSA website where it says I am disqualified from obtaining my HazMat endorsement if I was involuntarily placed into a mental health facility. It doesn’t really go into much more detail than that. I was placed on a few “72 hour holds” from 18-21 for untreated mental illness and drug addiction (5 years clean), but it’s never been longer than a 72 hour hold and 2 of the 3 times I went I put myself in, the third time I was suicidal from coming down on drugs and my mom called the police and was in for a 72 hour hold in the hospital because it’s my states law to do a 72 hour hold for suicidal subjects. I’ve taken the proper steps as I’ve gotten older (26 now) to treat myself with a psychiatrist. Is there a waiver process I could go thru to get around this with the proper documentation from a doctor / multiple doctors? I’ve been completely off depression meds for 2 years as most of my problems came from just drug addiction. I have absolutely nothing on my criminal record, never even been to jail or had a ticket. My “diagnosis” was generalized depression.
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  3. Dennixx

    Dennixx Road Train Member

    Feb 13, 2010
    twin cities
    I'm not an expert on the subject but doesn't sound like you would meet the disqualification standard.
    Maybe someone with more knowledge, either of the regulations or general mental health conditions pertaining to the haz mat endorsement.
    Kudos though, for being upfront and honest about the past, and good luck going forward in your trucking future.
  4. Quadrin

    Quadrin Bobtail Member

    Mar 30, 2023
    I’m still new and don’t really understand this stuff so I could just be overthinking. I figured without having hazmat is there even any point to want to try to make this a career?
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  5. ZVar

    ZVar Road Train Member

    Sep 10, 2010
    Flint, MI
    Compared to the total number of drivers, very few have Hazmat, and even fewer use it on a regular basis.
    You really don't need it. You can easily go your whole career and never need it.
  6. RockinChair

    RockinChair Road Train Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    CC, TX
    First, let me say that I'm proud of you for getting & staying clean and working with the psychiatrist to get treatment. Major respect.

    Second, I'm not sure if the 72-hour hold (the one you didn't volunteer for) counts as being "involuntarily placed into a mental health facility." You would have to ask a lawyer or a psychiatrist to be sure, but it may be that the hold is considered outpatient, and that you would have been placed into the institution instead of released to go home if your evaluation at the end of the hold period had not gone well.
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  7. Cat sdp

    Cat sdp . .

    Apr 8, 2012
    Orion's Belt
    Don’t need hazmat to have a career in trucking
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  8. TNSquire

    TNSquire Medium Load Member

    Oct 13, 2016
    Decatur, TN
    First off, good for you getting clean.
    Excellent first step.
    Ain't no room on these roads for anyone cracked out on anything. It's dangerous enough as it is, no need to make that worse.
    Not having Hazmat isn't a big deal.
    Does it make you money? Absolutely.
    Get your physical done and signed off by the doc.
    That ensures you're able to get a cdl.
    Then, find a school to get trained.
    Pay for it yourself.
    This has 2 huge benefits...
    First, you're not tied to anyone and can roll with whomever you want, no strings attached.
    Second, you get the success of handling it yourself, which is more psychological than anything else... YOU built YOURSELF A BIG FAT WIN! It feels AWESOME to build wins for YOU.
    Celebrate those wins, and you'll get more of them.
    The more wins you get, the better being clean will feel, as you grow yourself professionally.
    Then, determine what direction you want to go with your career.
    It's not always about the money.
    Find a company you can roll with and learn from.
    Grow as a driver and a person.
    Smooth and steady wins this one.
    Every. Time.
  9. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

    Tons of truck drivers don't have HazMat. Not having HM will barely cause a problem for you.
  10. diesel guy454

    diesel guy454 Medium Load Member

    Oct 18, 2011
    salina ks
    Haz mat is more trouble than it's worth.
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  11. Dennixx

    Dennixx Road Train Member

    Feb 13, 2010
    twin cities
    That $86.50 plus the endorsement fee of 2.50 in my states a deal breaker..lol
    Not to mention that pesky tsa precheck.

    And we won't mention what you or your company can't haul. But I get it.
    Making an appointment and all.
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