Illinois (Chicago) Apprentice Crane Operator Contractor License

License without Examination:

  1. 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.
  2. Applicable fees can be located at
    • Click on: Application Services, then Chicago.
    • The professions are listed.
  3. Application fee. If by check or money order then make payable to the: City of Chicago.
  4. All applicants must work as a crane operator under the direct supervision of a licensed Crane Operator.
  5. Applicants must provide a notarized letter (on company stationery) from an employer of Licensed Crane Operators.


  1. Provide a notarized letter (on company stationery) from an officer of a training program that is approved by the Commissioner, stating that the applicant will receive training under the direct supervision of a Licensed Crane Operator
  2. Submit this form and mail with all supplemental documents to:
    City of Chicago
    Trade Licenses
    P.O. Box 388249
    Chicago, Illinois 60638-8249

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