A – Combination of vehicles with Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds provided the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of vehicle(s) being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
B – Single vehicle with GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing a vehicle not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
C – Single vehicle less than 26,001 pounds GVWR, or any such vehicle towing a vehicle not in excess of 10,000 pounds GVWR comprising of vehicles required to be placarded for hazardous materials or any bus designed to transport 16 or more passengers including the driver.
- Any holder of a valid CDL is automatically licensed to drive a Class “O” vehicles (any non-CDL vehicle, excluding motorcycles).
- Any holder of a Class “A” CDL is automatically licensed to drive a Class “B” and Class “C” commercial vehicle, if the appropriate endorsement(s) appears on the license.
- Any holder of a Class “B” CDL is automatically licensed to drive a Class “C” commercial vehicle, if the appropriate endorsement(s) appears on the license.
H - Hazardous Materials
N - Tank Vehicle
P - Passenger
S - School Bus
T - Doubles/Triple Trailers
X - Combination Tank Vehicle and Hazardous Materials
E - No Manual Transmission
I - Intrastate Only (Impaired)
K - Intrastate Only
L - Vehicles Without Air Brakes
M - Except Class A Bus
N - Except Class A & B Bus
O - Except Tractor Trailer
V - Medical Variance required
Z - No Full Air Brakes
Tank Vehicle Endorsement
Tank vehicle means any commercial motor vehicle that is designed to transport any liquid or gaseous materials within a tank or tanks that have an individual rated capacity of more than one hundred nineteen (119) gallons and an aggregate rated capacity of one thousand gallons (1,000) or more and that are either permanently or temporarily attached to the vehicle or the chassis. A commercial motor vehicle transporting an empty storage container tank, not designed for transportation, with a rated capacity of one thousand gallons or more that is temporarily attached to a flatbed trailer is not considered a tank vehicle.
Prior to the issuance of a Nebraska CDL with the hazardous materials endorsement, individuals will be required as per the U.S. PATRIOT ACT to have a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security threat assessment completed. Renewal CDL applicants with the hazmat endorsement who have not completed their security threat assessment process will be granted a one-time 90 day extension per renewal period. The extension will be a letter sent from DMV to the applicant on the actual expiration date of their current CDL. This letter must accompany their expired CDL. The DMV computer record will reflect the updated expiration date.
Security Threat Assessment Procedures
Prior to the issuance of a Nebraska Commercial Driver’s License with the hazardous materials endorsement, you will be required as per the U.S. PATRIOT ACT to have a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security threat assessment completed.
The security threat assessment procedures require you to pre-enroll and be fingerprinted – a fee will be charged. This process will be handled by a TSA third party agent – NOT THE DMV.
Please follow the procedures outlined below to have a security threat assessment completed
Contact the TSA by phone to pre-enroll at 1-855-347-8371. Their hours are 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. EST, Monday - Friday.
After completing pre-enrollment, access the following website to find a fingerprint collection location nearest you: https://universalenroll.dhs.gov/locator. This website will provide you fingerprint collection locations in Nebraska as well as other States.
The DMV will be notified by TSA when a “Determination of No Security Threat” is received. Upon receipt of that notification, individuals will be sent a letter informing them of such by the DMV. You may then proceed to any DMV exam office and after meeting all DMV requirements, a CDL with the hazardous materials endorsement will be issued.
Please remember that all questions related specifically to the security threat assessment should be directed to the TSA toll free number or the TSA website.
If you have driver licensing questions, please contact the Driver License Services at 402-471-3861.
Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT)
Beginning February 7, 2022, prior to administration of the knowledge test, individuals who have never previously had the hazardous material endorsement and are taking the hazmat knowledge test for the first time, are required to submit a request to the Nebraska DMV to have the TPR checked for proof of ELDT. Once a DMV employee has checked the TPR, the driver will be contacted via the e-mail address they provided to let them know if they are approved to head to a driver licensing office to take the hazmat knowledge test. To submit a request to have the Nebraska DMV check the TPR for proof of Hazmat ELDT, send your name and driver license number in an email to:
Drivers who wish to drive a vehicle having a design capacity to carry 16 or more people, including the driver, must have a passenger endorsement.
School Bus Endorsement
Drivers who wish to drive a school bus must have a school bus endorsement in addition to the passenger endorsement.
Effective 01/01/2019, the Department of Motor Vehicles no longer issues School Bus Permits.
Doubles and Triples Endorsement
Drivers who wish to pull double and triple trailers must have a double/triple trailers endorsement.