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I want to be a truck driver and some companies that requires hazmat endorsement requires passing the background check
It's not that simple. In a regular background check a hospital stay is not going to show up. However, if there was some kind of court action that forced you to go to the hospital then this could possibly show up.
There is no way for a company to know if you have ever been to a hospital for anything unless, it is made part of your criminal history or you disclose that information to them on your application (or physical exam for your medical card, for a truck driver)
You don't need a "hazmat endorsement" for anything other than a Class "A" commercial drivers license (CDL). To get a hazamat endorsement for a Class A CDL you must take an additional 8 hours training and pass a written test.
If your going to truck driving school to get your Class A CDL, the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier regulations, require you to disclose your medical history to secure your medical card. Without a valid medical card, a Class A CDL is suspended by way of federal law. You are required to carry both.
You may choose to "not disclose" all or part of your medical history when taking the physical for the medical card and nobody will ever know... maybe! If you have an accident while driving a truck with a Class A CDL it is quite possible that if the case goes to court, they will find out about ALL of your medical history.
It is a violation of Federal Law for you to withhold information or give false information on your application for a medical card. Depending on the circumstances you could be fined, imprisoned or both.
Federal Motor Carrier regulations do not prevent you from receiving a medical card for having been to a mental hospital if you have been properly discharged.
However, to be a truck driver you will probably have to tale a physical, and the paperwork you will out will ask " have you ever...."
Your medical records are not available to the public. No, they would not find that. How could they? There is no nation-wide registry that all mental hospitals report to.
If you were arrested in conjunction with this then that arrest will be found.