Rules, Regulations, and Licensing

State by State

Select your home state from the list below to get the latest information on safety rules, regulations, and requirements. Please note that any state regulations are in ADDITION to the federal guidelines. Crane operators in all 50 states are required to hold a nationally accredited crane operator license as well as be qualified to operate the crane at their work sites. Need a crane operator license? Click here to get started with Cranes101.


ALABAMA

As of today there are no state licensing requirements to operate a crane. Please note this could change at any time. Below are three links that can help keep you up to date for any changes to the AL laws.
» Government Link: http://www.alabama.gov/portal/index.jsp
» Department of Safety: http://dps.alabama.gov/Home/
» Alabama Articles

ALASKA

As of today there are no state licensing requirements to operate a crane. Please note this could change at any time. Below are three links that can help keep you up to date for any changes to the AK laws.
» Government Link: http://alaska.gov/ 
» Department of Safety: http://www.dps.state.ak.us/
» Department of Labor: http://labor.state.ak.us/
» Alaska Articles

ARIZONA

As of today there are no state licensing requirements to operate a crane. Please note this could change at any time. Below are three links that can help keep you up to date for any changes to the AZ laws.
» Government Link: http://az.gov
» Department of Safety: http://www.azdps.gov
» Department of Labor: http://azica.gov/divisions/labor-department
» Arizona Articles

ARKANSAS

As of today there are no state licensing requirements to operate a crane. Please note this could change at any time. Below are three links that can help keep you up to date for any changes to the AR laws.
» Government Link: http://www.arkansas.gov/
» Department of Safety: https://portal.arkansas.gov/agency/department-of-public-safety/
» Department of Labor and Licensing:  https://portal.arkansas.gov/agency/department-of-labor-and-licensing/
  » Arkansas Articles

CALIFORNIA

To operate a crane in CA, you need to submit certain documents including a copy of your Nationally Accredited Crane Certification.
» Government Link: http://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/dosh1.html
» California Articles

COLORADO

As of today there are no state licensing requirements to operate a crane. Please note this could change at any time. Below are three links that can help keep you up to date for any changes to the CO laws.
» Government Link http://www.colorado.gov/ 
» Department of Safety:  https://www.colorado.gov/publicsafety
» Department of Labor:  https://www.colorado.gov/cdle
» Colorado Articles

CONNECTICUT

You do need a state issued license to operate a crane over 5 tons. If your crane is 5 ton or under you may operate it with a Nationally Accredited Crane Certification. Below are links that will help direct you to the proper application.
» CT hoisting application
» Connecticut Articles

DELAWARE

As of today there are no state licensing requirements to operate a crane. Please note this could change at any time. Below are three links that can help keep you up to date for any changes to the DE laws.
» Government Link: http://delaware.gov
» Department of Safety: http://dshs.delaware.gov/
» Department of Labor: http://www.delawareworks.com/
» Delaware Articles

FLORIDA

As of today there are no state licensing requirements to operate a crane. Please note this could change at any time. Below are three links that can help keep you up to date for any changes to the FL laws.
» Government Link: hhttp://www.flgov.com/
» Department of Safety: http://www.flhsmv.gov/
» Department of Labor: http://www.stateofflorida.com/Portal/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabid=11
» Florida Articles

GEORGIA

As of today there are no state licensing requirements to operate a crane. Please note this could change at any time. Below are three links that can help keep you up to date for any changes to the GA laws.
» Government Link: http://georgia.gov/
» Department of Safety: http://dps.georgia.gov/
» Department of Labor: https://dol.georgia.gov/
» Georgia Articles

HAWAII

To operate a crane you need to submit certain documents including a copy of your Nationally Accredited Crane Certification
» Government Link: http://hawaii.gov 
» Hawaii Articles

IDAHO

As of today there are no state licensing requirements to operate a crane. Please note this could change at any time. Below are three links that can help keep you up to date for any changes to the ID laws.
» Government Link:http://www.idaho.gov/
» Department of Safety: http://dbs.idaho.gov/
» Department of Labor:  http://labor.idaho.gov/dnn/Default.aspx?alias=labor.idaho.gov/dnn/idl/
» Idaho Articles

ILLINOIS

As of today there are no state licensing requirements to operate a crane. Please note this could change at any time. Below are three links that can help keep you up to date for any changes to the IL laws.
» Government Link: http://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/default.aspx
Department of Safety:  http://idot.illinois.gov/transportation-system/safety/roadway/index
» Department of Labor:   https://www2.illinois.gov/idol/pages/default.aspx
» Illinois Articles 

INDIANA

As of today there are no state licensing requirements to operate a crane. Please note this could change at any time. Below are two links that can help keep you up to date for any changes to the IN laws.
» Government Link: https://www.in.gov/core/
» Department of Labor: http://www.in.gov/dol/iosha.htm
» Indiana Articles

IOWA

As of today there are no state licensing requirements to operate a crane. Please note this could change at any time. Below are three links that can help keep you up to date for any changes to the IA laws.
» Government Link: http://www.iowa.gov
» Department of Safety:  https://dps.iowa.gov/
» Department of Labor: https://www.iowadivisionoflabor.gov/
» Iowa Articles 

KANSAS

As of today there are no state licensing requirements to operate a crane. Please note this could change at any time. Below are three links that can help keep you up to date for any changes to the KS laws.
» Government Link: http://www.kansas.gov/
» Department of Safety: http://www.ksdot.org/burtrafficsaf/
» Department of Labor:  http://www.dol.ks.gov/ 
» Kansas Articles

KENTUCKY

As of today there are no state licensing requirements to operate a crane. Please note this could change at any time. Below are three links that can help keep you up to date for any changes to the KY laws.
» Government Link: http://kentucky.gov/Pages/home.aspx
» Department of Safety: https://transportation.ky.gov/Pages/Home.aspx
» Department of Labor:  https://labor.ky.gov/Pages/index.aspx
» Kentucky Articles

LOUISIANA

As of today there are no state licensing requirements to operate a crane. Please note this could change at any time. Below are three links that can help keep you up to date for any changes to the LA laws.
» Government Link:  http://louisiana.gov/
» Department of Safety: http://wwwsp.dotd.la.gov/Pages/default.aspx
» Department of Labor: http://www.laworks.net/
» Louisiana Articles

MAINE

As of today there are no state licensing requirements to operate a crane. Please note this could change at any time. Below are three links that can help keep you up to date for any changes to the ME laws.
» Government Link:  http://www.maine.gov/portal/index.html
» Department of Safety: http://www.maine.gov/dps/
» Department of Labor:  http://www.maine.gov/labor/
» Maine Articles

MARYLAND

As of today there are no state licensing requirements to operate a crane. Please note this could change at any time. Below are three links that can help keep you up to date for any changes to the MD laws.
» Government Link:  https://www.maryland.gov/Pages/default.aspx#gsc.tab=0
» Department of Public Safety: https://news.maryland.gov/dpscs/#
» Department of Labor:  https://www.dllr.state.md.us/labor/cranes/craneregs.pdf
» Maryland Articles

MASSACHUSETTS

You do need a state issued license to operate a crane. Below are links that will help direct you to the proper application.
» MA Hoisting Application
» Massachusetts Articles

MICHIGAN

As of today there are no state licensing requirements to operate a crane. Please note this could change at any time. Below are three links that can help keep you up to date for any changes to the MI laws.
» Government Link:  http://www.michigan.gov/
» Department of Transportation:  https://www.michigan.gov/mdot/0,1607,7-151-9615_11261—,00.html
» Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs:   http://www.michigan.gov/lara/
» Michigan Articles

MINNESOTA

To operate a crane you need to submit certain documents including a copy of your Nationally Accredited Crane Certification.
» Government Link: https://mn.gov/elicense/a-z/?id=1083-231569#/list/appId//filterType//filterValue//page/1/sort//order/
» Minnesota Articles
» Our Nationally Accredited Crane Certification Classes 

MISSISSIPPI

As of today there are no state licensing requirements to operate a crane. Please note this could change at any time. Below are three links that can help keep you up to date for any changes to the MS laws.
» Government Link:  https://www.mississippi.gov/
» Department of Safety:  https://www.driverservicebureau.dps.ms.gov/
» Department of Transportation:   https://mdot.ms.gov/
» Mississippi Articles

MISSOURI

As of today there are no state licensing requirements to operate a crane. Please note this could change at any time. Below are three links that can help keep you up to date for any changes to the MO laws.
» Government Link:  http://www.mo.gov/
» Department of Safety: http://dps.mo.gov
» Department of Labor:  http://www.labor.mo.gov/
» Missouri Articles

MONTANA

To operate a crane you need to submit certain documents including a copy of your Nationally Accredited Crane Certification.
» Government Link: http://boards.bsd.dli.mt.gov/cra#1?1
» Montana Articles

NEBRASKA

As of today there are no state licensing requirements to operate a crane. Please note this could change at any time. Below are three links that can help keep you up to date for any changes to the NB laws.
» Government Link: http://nebraska.gov/
» Department of Safety:  https://www.dol.nebraska.gov/Safety
» Department of Labor:  http://dol.nebraska.gov
» Nebraska Articles

NEVADA

To operate a crane you need to submit certain documents including a copy of your Nationally Accredited Crane Certification.
» Special Mobile Equipment (includes forklifts):  https://dmv.nv.gov/mcsme.htm

» Certification of Operators: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/nac/nac-618.html#NAC618Sec402

» Nevada Articles

NEW HAMPSHIRE

As of today there are no state licensing requirements to operate a crane. Please note this could change at any time. Below are three links that can help keep you up to date for any changes to the NH laws.
» Government Link:  http://www.nh.gov/
» Department of Safety: http://www.nh.gov/safety/
» Department of Labor:   http://www.nh.gov/labor/
» New Hampshire Articles

NEW JERSEY

To operate a crane you need to submit certain documents including a copy of your Nationally Accredited Crane Certification.
» Government Link:  http://lwd.dol.state.nj.us
» New Jersey Articles

NEW MEXICO

To operate a crane you need to submit certain documents including a copy of your Nationally Accredited Crane Certification.
» Government Link:  https://public.psiexams.com/index_login.jsp
» New Mexico Articles

NEW YORK

To operate a crane you need to submit certain documents including a copy of your Nationally Accredited Crane Certification.
» Government Link:  http://www.labor.ny.gov
» New York Articles

NORTH CAROLINA

North Carolina has a state OSH. View updates to regulations with the link below.
» Government Link:  https://www.labor.nc.gov/
» North Carolina Articles

NORTH DAKOTA

As of today there are no state licensing requirements to operate a crane. Please note this could change at any time. Below are three links that can help keep you up to date for any changes to the ND laws.
» Government Link:  http://www.nd.gov/
» Department of Safety:  https://www.nd.gov/living-nd/safety
» Department of Labor:  http://www.nd.gov/labor/
» North Dakota Articles

OHIO

As of today there are no state licensing requirements to operate a crane. Please note this could change at any time. Below are three links that can help keep you up to date for any changes to the OH laws.
» Government Link: http://ohio.gov/
» Department of Safety: http://publicsafety.ohio.gov/
» Labor Law:  https://ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/site/jobs/topic-hubs/labor-law/labor-law
» Ohio Articles

OKLAHOMA

As of today there are no state licensing requirements to operate a crane. Please note this could change at any time. Below are three links that can help keep you up to date for any changes to the OK laws.
» Government Link:  http://oklahoma.gov/
» Department of Safety: http://www.dps.state.ok.us/
Department of Labor: http://www.ok.gov/odol/
» Oklahoma Articles

OREGON

As of today there are no state licensing requirements to operate a crane. Please note this could change at any time. Below are three links that can help keep you up to date for any changes to the OR laws.
» Government Link :http://www.oregon.gov/
» Department of Safety: http://www.oregon.gov/DPSST/
» Department of Labor:  https://www.oregon.gov/BOLI/Pages/index.aspx
» Oregon Articles

PENNSYLVANIA

To operate a crane you need to submit certain documents including a copy of your Nationally Accredited Crane Certification.
» Government Link: http://www.dos.pa.gov
» Pennsylvania Articles
» Our Nationally Accredited Crane Certification Classes 

RHODE ISLAND

You do need a state issued license to operate a crane. Below are links that will help direct you to the proper application.
» State Hoisting application
» Rhode Island Articles

SOUTH CAROLINA

As of today there are no state licensing requirements to operate a crane. Please note this could change at any time. Below are three links that can help keep you up to date for any changes to the SC laws.
» Government Link:  https://sc.gov/
» Department of Safety:  https://sc.gov/health-safety
» Labor Licensing Regulations: https://llr.sc.gov/professions.aspx
» South Carolina  Articles

SOUTH DAKOTA

As of today there are no state licensing requirements to operate a crane. Please note this could change at any time. Below are three links that can help keep you up to date for any changes to the SD laws.
» Government Link: http://sd.gov/
» Department of Safety: http://dps.sd.gov/
» Department of Labor: http://dlr.sd.gov/
» South Dakota Articles

TENNESSEE

As of today there are no state licensing requirements to operate a crane. Please note this could change at any time. Below are three links that can help keep you up to date for any changes to the TN laws.
» Government Link: https://www.tn.gov/
» Department of Safety:  https://www.tn.gov/safety/
» Department of Labor:  https://www.tn.gov/workforce.html
» Tennessee Articles

TEXAS

As of today there are no state licensing requirements to operate a crane. Please note this could change at any time. Below are three links that can help keep you up to date for any changes to the TX laws.
» Government Link:  https://texas.gov/
» Department of Safety: http://www.dps.texas.gov/
» Department of Labor: http://www.twc.state.tx.us/
» Texas Articles

UTAH

As of today there are no state licensing requirements to operate a crane. Please note this could change at any time. Below are three links that can help keep you up to date for any changes to the UT laws.
» Government Link: http://le.utah.gov/~2007/bills/sbillenr/sb0255.htm
» Utah Articles

VERMONT

As of today there are no state licensing requirements to operate a crane. Please note this could change at any time. Below are three links that can help keep you up to date for any changes to the VT laws.
» Government Link:  http://vermont.gov/portal/
» Department of Safety: http://dps.vermont.gov/
» Department of Labor: http://www.labor.vermont.gov/
» Vermont Articles

VIRGINIA

As of today there are no state licensing requirements to operate a crane. Please note this could change at any time. Below are three links that can help keep you up to date for any changes to the VA laws.
» Government Link: https://www.virginia.gov/
» Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation:  https://www.virginia.gov/services/licenses/professional-and-occupational/
» Department of Labor and Industry: http://www.doli.virginia.gov/
» Virginia Articles

WASHINGTON

To operate a crane you need to submit certain documents including a copy of your Nationally Accredited Crane Certification.
» Government Link:  https://lni.wa.gov/licensing-permits/other-licenses-permits/construction-cranes
» Washington Articles
» Our Nationally Accredited Crane Certification Classes 

WEST VIRGINIA

As of today there are no state licensing requirements to operate a crane. Please note this could change at any time. Below are three links that can help keep you up to date for any changes to the WV laws.
» Government Link:  https://labor.wv.gov/Pages/default.aspx
» West Virginia Articles

WISCONSIN

As of today there are no state licensing requirements to operate a crane. Please note this could change at any time. Below are three links that can help keep you up to date for any changes to the WI laws.
» Government Link: http://wisconsin.gov/state/
» Department of Safety: https://dsps.wi.gov/pages/Home.aspx
» Department of Labor: http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/
» Wisconsin Articles

WYOMING

As of today there are no state licensing requirements to operate a crane. Please note this could change at any time.
» Government Link:  http://www.wyomingworkforce.org/
»Wyoming Articles

*It is essential that you check with your local government and confirm that the information listed above is still good today. This information should only be used as a tool to help you figure out what type of license you need to operate certain types of equipment.

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