The City of Chicago has implemented a new Crane License Operator Ordinance. This ordinance will be fully implemented by March 1, 2016. The ordinance requires that any person operating crane equipment, within the City of Chicago, with a rated lifting/hoisting capacity of over 2,000 pounds to obtain a Chicago Crane Operators License. The ordinance also establishes two classes of licensure for large and small hosting equipment and by providing an option to obtain 1-year to 5-year license term. The ordinance also clarifies and establishes new classifications of cranes that a crane operator is now certified to operate.
City of Chicago Crane Operator
Class I and Class II Written License Examination
To qualify to take the City of Chicago Crane Operator's Class I or Class II Written License
Examination, the applicant must provide the following information.
- The applicant is at least 21 years old (Provided a Valid Photo ID)
- A valid Social Security Number
- The applicant must have documented work experience as a crane operator of at least
- 2,000 hours during the preceding 48-month period, or the applicant must have evidence of the completion of a crane apprenticeship program that is recognized by the City of Chicago Board of Crane Operators Examiners. The applicant must provide original signed letter(s), on company letterhead, from their current and/or former employer’s that document the applicant’s dates of employment and establish a minimum of two thousand hours of work experience as a crane operator during the preceding 48-month period.
- The applicant has not had a crane operator's or comparable license suspended or revoked by the City of Chicago or any other jurisdiction; provided, however, that upon good cause shown and after a full investigation, the City of Chicago Commissioner Department of Buildings may waive this prohibition;
- The applicant has no history of substance abuse during the preceding three years or that the applicant has successfully completed a certified substance abuse rehabilitation program;
- The applicant has the present physical ability to safely operate a crane; and
- The applicant has the ability to read, write, speak and understand English at a level that allows effective communication on the job site.
All applicants meeting the above qualifications shall be allowed to take the City of Chicago Crane Operator's Class I or Class II Written License Examination upon payment of the required fee and submittal of the proper documentation.
Instructions on how to apply for the City of Chicago Crane Operator’s Class I and Class II Written License Examination.
Click on this link: Chicago Crane Study Guide Included in the Chicago Crane Study Guide is information about Class I and Class II equipment classes, written and practical examination requirements, and license designation.Click on this link to review the City of Chicago License Conversion Chart.
Choose either the Class 1 or Class II Written License Examination. The Class 1 License fulfills the requirements for both the Class I and the Class II Written License Examination. The Class II Written License Examination only fulfills the requirements for Class II Written License Examination.
Go to the Application Fee Table below to determine what fees are applicable to your examination. Payments of fees are to be made to: City of Chicago.
Payment can be made by bank, business, or personal check, or money order. NO ACTION WILL BE TAKEN ON YOUR APPLICATION UNTIL A PROPER, ACCEPTABLE, AND VALID FORM OF PAYMENT IS RECEIVED.
Fees, the application form, and supporting documentation must be mailed to:
City of Chicago
P.O. Box 388249
Chicago, Illinois 60638-8249