Regulatory Assistance for Transporters
What you Need to Know if you are a Transporter
Transportation of hazardous waste without the proper authorizations is a serious violation subject to fines and penalties. DTSC enforcement staff operate “stings” to capture illegal transporters.
In general, if you want to transport hazardous waste for hire in California, you need to be registered as a hazardous waste transporter with DTSC. See our Hazardous Waste Transporters web page dedicated to registering with DTSC. Helpful staff at the DTSC Transportation Registration Program may be reached at:
Phone: (916) 440-7145
Fax: (916) 255-4703
In many cases, you will also need to register with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) as a hazardous materials transporter. Please contact the CHP at (916) 445-1865 and ask for the hazardous materials transportation program. Staff at the HazMat program can give you information on any required licensing, training, packaging, placarding, etc.
You do not need to be a registered hazardous waste transporter to transport:
- Universal waste to another universal waste handler or recycler (22CCR 66273.50 et seq.)
- Latex paint to another latex paint handler or recycler (HSC 25217 et seq.)
- Transport automotive batteries to a battery collector or recycler
- Non-PCB ballasts
- PCB-containing light ballasts
- Mobile maintenance (HSC 25250.12)
* Keep in mind that transportation of any wet cell batteries or liquid mercury have stringent DOT hazardous materials transportation requirements.
- Hazardous Waste Transporter Requirements
This fact sheet provides regulatory compliance background, criteria for becoming and maintaining the status of “transporter” as well as contacts should you have any questions.
- Hazardous Waste Transportation Variances
General information explaining the two main transportation variances granted by DTSC, (Regulatory Exemptions for Certain Transportation Operations, referred to as “TRE,” and Statutory Transportation Variances) and contact information.
- Consolidated Transporters
SB 271 changed the manifesting requirements for consolidated manifesting, effective Sept. 4, 2007. This fact sheet provides general instructions and procedures, as well as reporting requirements.
- Guide Sheet: Obtaining Identification Numbers for Hazardous Waste Transporters
Listed on the Guide Sheet are instructions for obtaining an ID number for transporting hazardous waste.
- Managing Hazardous Wastes at Transfer Facilities
This fact sheet provides general guidance to transporters and TSDFs on state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to transfer facilities.
- Security Enhancements for Hazardous Waste Handling
This fact sheet highlights regulatory changes associated with the safety of transporting hazardous waste that could be used as, or to create a weapon of mass destruction.
RAO Related Links
- Advisory on Used Oil Filters
- Compressed Gas Cylinders
- Discarded Battery Management at Facilities Handling Solid Waste and Recyclable Materials
- FAQ for Used Oil Collection Centers
- SB-14 Information (Archived)
- Solar Panels Information and FAQs
- Toxics in Products
- Used Oil Management
- Find a Registered Hazardous Waste Transporter
- DTSC Online Reference Library (DORY)