With the threat of losing millions in federal highway money,
Gov. Mike Rounds has signed a bill into law to bring South Dakota into line
with recently enacted federal standards for certain commercial driver’s
Federal law mandates
a fingerprint-based background check on all truck drivers who haul hazardous
materials. The cost of the check is estimated at about $100, depending on which
state you are licensed in.
The fee is made up of three parts: a fee for the collection
of fingerprints and applicant information; a fee for threat assessment, during
which the Transportation Security Administration decides whether the person is
a security threat; and a fee for the FBI to run the fingerprints through its
Under the new law, anyone seeking a CDL with an endorsement
to haul hazardous materials for the first time needs such a background check.
The requirements kick in after May 31 for drivers renewing their endorsement or
transferring a hazmat endorsement from one state to another.
Had South Dakota failed to adopt the new standards, the
state stood to lose $7 million the first year of noncompliance, the Argus Leader reported. Subsequent
penalties would have been doubled.
government could even have taken away South Dakota’s authority to issue CDLs.
The new law,
previously HB1061, makes the needed changes in state law.