TSA Grants Exemption from HME Regulations

Today, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has granted an exemption that permits State licensing entities to extend the validity period of Hazardous Materials Endorsements (HMEs) by up to 180 days. This exemption comes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic causing the widespread closure of state DMV's and other locations necessary for the HME renewal.






The exemption reads, "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, 2020 and the end date of this exemption, even if the individual was unable to initiate or complete the required STA before the expiration date. If the state grants an extension, the individual with an expired HME must initiate the process of renewing his or her STA for an HME 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."

Note that a state must adopt this exemption for an HME to be extended. This exemption only applies if a state adopts it.

 Click here to read the full exemption.