Renewing hazmat registration
is an annual event that generally requires completing paper forms,
writing a check, and taking that check and form to the Post Office
prior to the July 1 registration date. Is there an easier way?
and carriers of hazardous materials can register on the Internet.
The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Research and Special
Programs Administration (RSPA) offers an online hazmat registration
site called "HAZMAT".
The e-government site is
a secure way for businesses to pay the registration fee electronically
and offers many benefits, DOT says. For example, the electronic
fee payment form is a user-friendly menu-driven "fill-in-the-blank"
form, eliminating the need to complete the paper form, write a
check, and mail the check and form. The site is easy to use, accessible
24-hours a day, seven days a week, and allows businesses to receive
an immediate acknowledgement of payment.
Are you a small business?
For the registration year
2002-2003, which begins July 1, the hazardous materials registration
fees remain $300 for small businesses and $2,000 for all other
businesses. Both include a $25 processing fee.
A DOT spokesman said a
small business is defined by a combination of factors, including
the businesses' standard industrial classification (SIC) code,
the type of material delivered, the license year and personnel
versus profit. DOT uses the U.S. Small Business Administration's
(SBA) size standards to determine which businesses qualify for
the small business registration fee.
SBA describes the system
this way: "Effective October 1, 2000, the SBA's small business
size standards are no longer based on industries as they are described
by the SIC system. SBA's size standards are now based on industries
as they are described by the North American Industry Classification
System (NAICS). Although you will still use the SIC code on your
HAZMat application, this change affects how you find the correct
size standard for your business for the license year that begins
July 1, 2001.
"For example, if your
business delivers fuel oil, your SIC code is 5983, Fuel Oil Dealers.
Finding your size standard depends on the license year for which
you need it: either 2000 or 2001. SIC code 5983 (for 2000) has
a size standard of $9 million in average annual receipts. And
for 2001, NAICS code 454311, Heating Oil Dealers, has the same
$9 million standard. If your average receipts over the last three
completed fiscal years is $9 million or less, you qualify as a
small business, but you still use the SIC code on your application.
If you are a trucking company, your SIC code is either 4212 of
4213. Depending on your business, the size standard is either
$10 million or $18.5 million. For license year 2000, you would
use either SIC 4212 or SIC 4213. For license year 2001, SIC codes
4212 and 4213 in the correspondence tables relate to six different
(but similar) NAICS codes, but among them they have the same two
different size standards. You should check to see which best fits
The hazardous materials
registration funds the DOT's Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness
(HMEP) grants program, which supports hazmat emergency response
training and planning activities by state, territorial, tribal
and local governments. More than 800,000 emergency responders
have been trained, in part, using HMEP grants funded by the registration
Also, more than 4 million
copies of the Emergency Response Guidebook have been distributed
to emergency response forces. The guidebook, also funded by the
hazardous materials registration fee, is a quick reference for
first responders during the initial phase of an incident involving
Registration with the department
may be accomplished on-line at http://hazmat.dot.gov/register.htm
or by phone, 1-800-942-6990. Registration forms are on-line, and
available upon request by phone at (617) 494-2545, (202) 366-4109,
or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration forms may also
be mailed to: U.S. Department of Transportation, Hazardous Materials
Registration, PO Box 740188, Atlanta, GA 30374-0188.