Are the Tests Difficult? The information contained in this handbook is very technical. A general working knowledge of commercial motor vehicles and their operation may not be sufficient preparation for the CDL tests. Even seasoned, professional commercial drivers NEED to study this handbook before making application fora CDL. (A person should also be familiar with the section titled Special Requirements for Texas Commercial Motor Vehicles. This same information is also found in Section 14 of this CDL Handbook). Where Do I Go? Not all driver license offices offer skills tests. Office addresses and telephone numbers are located in the telephone book under Texas Department of Public Safety or Drivers Li- cense” or visit our website at www.dps.texas.gov. USA PATRIOT ACT The Uniting and Strengthening America by providing Appropriate Tools Required To Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism USA Patriot) Act was enacted on October 25, Section 1012 of the USA of the USA PATRIOT Act amended 49 U.S.C. Chapter 51 by adding anew section a titled Limitation on issuance of hazmat licenses Section 5103a(a) (1) provides: A State may not issue to any individual a license to operate a motor vehicle transporting in commerce a hazardous material unless the Secretary of Transportation has first determined, upon receipt of a notification, under subsection (c)(1)(B), that the individual does not pose a security risk warranting denial of the license. Section 5103a(a)(2) subjects license renewals to the same requirements. Section 5103 ad) requires the Attorney General, upon the request of a State in connection with issuance of a HME, to carryout a background records check of the individual applying for the endorsement and, upon completing the check, to notify the Secretary (as delegated to the Administrator of TSA) of the results. The Secretary then determines whether the individual poses a security risk warranting denial of the endorsement. The background records check must consist of (1) A check of the relevant criminal history databases (2) in the case of an alien, a check of the relevant databases to determine the status of the alien under US. immigration laws and (3) as appropriate, a check of the relevant international databases through Interpol-U.S. National Central Bureau or other appropriate means.