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Chicago 308 – Supervising Elevator Mechanics


Chicago  308  Supervising Elevator Mechanics

Due to a Department of Buildings computer system upgrade, we are not currently processing new applications or renewals for Supervising Elevator Mechanics licenses. Existing Supervising Elevator Mechanics licenses which expired in April, May or June of 2022 will be honored through July 1, 2022. We expect processing of applications and renewals to resume by June 1, 2022. Please check this webpage for updates.


Important Note: Effective September 24, 2018, the requirements for licensing of Supervising Elevator Mechanics have changed.  A City of Chicago examination is no longer required.

Applicants for licensure must submit proof that the applicant: (1) either (a) has worked as an elevator mechanic for at least four years or (b) has completed an elevator constructor mechanic apprenticeship program that is recognized by the United States Department of Labor; and (2) is certified as an elevator inspector in accordance with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ ASME QEI-1 2013 standard.


  • Submit two (2) current identical color photographs approximately 1 1/2 by 1 1/2 inches.
  • Only passport photos will be accepted.
  • Please put your name on the back of each photograph.


  1. All applicants must be 21 years of age.
  2. Provide an original signed letter (on company stationery) from your current or former employer(s) or apprenticeship provider.  This  letter must verify the dates of employment and establish a minimum of four (4) years work experience as an elevator mechanic or the completion of a US Department of Labor approved elevator constructor mechanic apprenticeship program.
  3. Mail your application,, payment, and all supplemental documents to:  Remember to keep a copy of your application and supplemental documents.
    City of Chicago
    Trade Licenses
    P.O. Box 388249
    Chicago, Illinois 60638-8249
  4. Applicable fees.  See below.  Payment is by check or money order, made payable to the City of Chicago.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.


Application Fees:

Fee Amount Comments
Initial License  $300.00
License Renewal $150.00 Licenses which have been expired for more than 2 years require a  new application
Transfer Employer $100.00
Late Penalty $50.00 per year
ID Card Replacement $50.00  
Certificate Replacement

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