The Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) has granted a temporary exemption from requirements in 49 CFR part 1572 regarding expired hazardous materials endorsements (HMEs). The exemption runs through July 31.
For the duration of this exemption, a state may grant an extension of up to 180 days for an HME that expired or would otherwise expire between March 1 and the end date of this exemption, even if the individual was unable to initiate or complete the required renewal before the expiration date.
If the state grants an extension, the individual with an expired HME must initiate the HME renewal process no later than 60 days before the end of the state-granted extension.
TSA may extend this exemption at a future date depending on the status of the COVID-19 crisis.