New York State Elevator Mechanics License

Effective January 1, 2022, new legislation requires businesses and occupations that engage in design, construction, installation, inspection, testing, maintenance, alteration, service, and repair of elevators and other conveyances to be licensed by the New York State Department of Labor (NYS DOL).


This legislation makes the following licenses available for qualified individuals. If you would like to apply for more than one license type, you must submit a separate application for each license.

  • Elevator Mechanic
  • Accessibility Lift Technician
  • Elevator Inspector, and
  • Elevator Accessibility Technician

Click here for more information and the requirements for Accessibility Lift Technician, Elevator Inspector and Elevator Accessibility Technician Licenses.

The following information pertains solely to the NYS Elevator Mechanic License.

Prerequisites for the Elevator Mechanic License

  1. You must have a valid NYS Driver’s License or NYS DMV ID number.
  2. For those who are Non-NYS Residents, you will need to apply for a NYS Non-Driver ID Card.
    • Go to to make an appointment
    • Click here for information on how to apply
    • Click here for the Non-Driver ID Card Application – You will need bring this completed form with you to your appointment.
    • There is a $10 fee to obtain a NYS Non-Driver ID Card


You must meet one of the three requirements:

  1. Proof that you successfully completed one of the following:
    1. USDOL registered apprenticeship program for Elevator Mechanics (NEIEP)
    2. New York State registered apprenticeship program for the Elevator Servicer/Repairer trade (IBEW Local 3 Elevator/Escalator Division).
      • If you are a former IBEW Local 3 member and need a replacement copy of your apprenticeship certificate, send an email to
    3. Successful completion of the National Association of Elevator Contractors (NAEC) mechanics examination or certification as a Certified Elevator Technician (CET).


  1. Proof that you worked on elevator construction, maintenance, or repair with direct and immediate supervision in New York State for a period of not less than four years immediately prior to January 1, 2022.
    1. Obtaining a letter from your current and/or previous employers
    2. The deadline to file for this provision is December 30, 2021. After this date, this option will no longer be available.


  1. Other equivalent Elevator Mechanic certifications.
    1. There is no further information at this time.

How to Apply

  1. Sign in or create a account.
    • For NYS Residents, you will need your Driver’s License Number.
    • For Non-NYS Residents, you will need the NYS Non-Driver ID Number.
  2. After setting up your account, click here to sign in and begin the application.
  3. Select the NYS Business Express option.
  4. Click Start Application and follow the prompts for the Elevator Mechanics License.
  5. The application fee is $100.
  6. After you apply and receive a confirmation, login to check your application status.


Additional Information

In order for your license to be eligible for renewal, you will be required to complete eight (8) credit hours annually over two (2) years for a total of sixteen (16) credit hours of NYS DOL approved continuing education training.

All continuing education will be available through NEIEP. It is important to make sure your NEIEP account is active. If you have any problems logging into NEIEP, please email

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