TSA imposes mandatory fingerprinting

Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2005

Effective Tuesday commercial truckers hauling hazardous materials in Alaska will be required to complete background checks and be fingerprinted by a federally approved agency as part of the new federal security requirements implement by The Transportation Security Administration in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Oversight for the state will be provided by the Division of Motor Vehicles.

Alaska drivers who have current Hazardous Material Endorsement on their commercial license or apply for an HME renewal or transfer must comply with the new requirements.

There are only three TSA approved places for fingerprinting in Alaska: in Anchorage from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at EMSI at 4050 Lake Otis Parkway, Suite 207; in Fairbanks from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Comnetix, Fairbanks Police Department at 800 Cushman St.; and in Juneau from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays at Comnetix at 326 4th St., Suite B.

Applicants are required to apply for background check online and pay a federal fingerprinting fee of $94 at www. hazprints.com prior to being fingerprinted. Applications and payment also can be processed by telephone toll free at (877) 429-7746.

Under the Patriot Act, a state will not be able to issue, renew or transfer a hazardous material endorsement until a driver completes the TSA security threat assessment. Applicants will receive notice of HME approval or failure in about three weeks. If an applicant is disqualified, the driver can appeal.

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