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Chicago 304 – Crane Operator | Written Exam and Renewal, Class I & II



As of June 1, 2022, all new applications and renewals for crane operator licenses must be submitted through the City of Chicago’s Inspections, Permits, and Licensing web portal.

An overview of the crane operator license is available on the City of Chicago Department of Buildings web site.

New Applicants

To apply to take the written examination, please create an online account and apply for a license.

Note: when creating an online account, make sure the name and address you use matches the information on the government-issued photo ID that you will show when you arrive for the written examination.

The written examination is given on announced dates (see below). After passing the written examination, you will also need to schedule and pass a practical examination before you can receive a license.

Study Guide: Crane Operator Written Examination Study Guide (Class I and Class II)

All fees must be paid through the web portal.

Renewing An Existing License

If you have an existing license, please create an online account and claim your license.

To access your renewal information, please enter: BCRI   plus the numeric portion only of your current license

All renewals must be submitted and paid for through the web portal. Renewals will not be accepted by mail or over the phone.

Exam Information:

Exam Title Exam Date Deadline City Fees
Written Sept 14, 2022 Aug 1, 2022 Chicago, IL $150.00
Written Nov 16, 2022 Oct 3, 2022 Chicago, IL $150.00
Written Jan 18, 2023 Dec 1, 2022 Chicago, IL $150.00
Written Mar  8, 2023 Jan 20, 2023 Chicago, IL $150.00
Written May 3, 2023 Mar  31, 2023 Chicago, IL $150.00

Applications must be received by the close of business on the deadline date.

Exam Contact:

Name: Olivia Porras
 Email Us
Phone: 800-359-1313
Ext:  103


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