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Reminder: All Safety Tests Required to Be Reported

A change to Indiana Code 22-15-5-4(d)(2) was implemented in 2021, affecting Form 34599, which now requires that applicants submit results of all applicable safety tests, including failed safety tests, for regulated lifting devices. Previously, failed safety test results were not required, but they are now. Please submit them along with the other tests during the renewal process using the Public Safety Portal.

Elevator Mechanic Written Competency Exam

The next exam date is scheduled for Feb. 15, 2023. Learn more below

About the Elevators & Amusement Rides Section

The Elevators and Amusement Rides Section regulates two of the safest modes of transportation that exist today: elevators and amusement rides. As with any mechanical device, accidents can occur. However, the safety requirements for these devices are robust and accidents infrequent. It has been estimated that 275 million people travel 95,000 miles every day by elevator.

There are approximately 20,000 regulated lift devices (such as elevators, escalators and amusement rides) in Indiana. Ensuring the safety of these mechanical devices are nationally certified inspectors. These inspectors perform inspections annually in office buildings, factories, hospitals, schools, nursing homes and in other not-so-common places such as TV towers, smokestacks, steel mills and grain storage buildings. These same inspectors will be found at fairgrounds, theme parks and indoor amusement parks inspecting amusement rides throughout the spring, summer, and fall and at ski lodges in the winter.

All National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials (NAARSO) are Level 1 certified amusement inspectors.

The amusement ride inspectors completed 1,782 amusement ride inspections in 2021.

Access the Public Safety Portal

Coming Soon: Planning is underway to transfer all transactional business with IDHS to a new Salesforce platform: IDHS Services Gateway. The project will occur in phases, and the first phase will deal only with the Code Enforcement operations now taking place in Public Safety Portal. Read more

Use the Public Safety Portal for permits, licenses and inspections for elevators and amusement rides. Please use browsers Chrome or Edge; other browsers may experience issues. Visit the Public Safety Portal Help page for tutorials on using the portal.

Public Safety Portal
Note: Visit the Application for Amusement & Entertainment Permit page for instructions on applying for amusement and entertainment permits. Questions should be sent to the Code Enforcement Section at codequestions@dhs.in.gov.

Elevator Mechanic Written Competency Exam

The next Indiana Elevator Mechanic Written Competency Examination is scheduled for Feb. 15, 2023, at Ivy Tech Public Safety Technology Training Center (9530 E. 59th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46216). If you are interested in taking this exam, you must notify IDHS by completing the form below and submitting it to elevamuse@dhs.in.gov by Feb. 8, 2023:

  • Notice of Intent to Sit for Exam
    Important: The form's Submit button will not work if you try to complete the form inside an Internet browser. Download the form to your computer and open it in a non-browser PDF reader instead.
2023 Exam Dates (Deadlines)
  • Feb. 15 (Feb. 8)
  • May 17 (May 10)
  • Aug. 16 (Aug. 9)
  • Nov. 15 (Nov. 8)
Eligibility Requirements

Passing the examination, alone, does not qualify you for a mechanic license; you must also meet the training or work experience requirements in Indiana Code 22-15-5-12(b)(2)(A), submit an application and pay the $100 licensing fee. Please be aware, IDHS does not confirm whether you meet the training or work experience requirements prior to sitting for the test or applying for a license. Therefore, it is strongly suggested that you personally confirm your ability to: (1) meet one the below listed eligibility requirements; and (2) provide the required information, prior to sitting for the examination, as failure to meet these requirements will result in denial of your application for a license.

Have at least 3 years of documented work experience in the elevator industry in construction, maintenance, and service or repair.

Required Information
  • Period of relevant work experience. (e.g., May 1, 2017 – July 1, 2020)
  • Specific overview of the duties you performed during this period.
  • Any relevant documentation proving work experience, including:
    • A signed letter(s) by your employer(s), or the mechanic(s) overseeing your work, that details your work experience (job duties, period of employment); or
    • Copies of tests, reports or job tickets identifying you as performing construction, maintenance, and service or repair during the requisite period.

Have at least 18 months experience in the elevator industry in construction, maintenance, and service or repair and have at least 3 years of experience in a related field that is certified by a licensed elevator contractor.

Required Information
  • Period of relevant work experience in: (1) the elevator industry; and (2) a related field (e.g., construction, maintenance, and service or repair of other regulated lifting devices).
  • Specific overview of the duties performed in: (1) the elevator industry; and (2) a related field.
  • Any relevant documentation proving work experience in the elevator industry including:
    • A signed letter(s) by your employer(s), or the mechanic(s) overseeing your work, that details your work experience (job duties, period of employment); or
    • Copies of tests, reports or job tickets identifying you as performing construction, maintenance, and service or repair during the requisite period.
  • Any relevant documentation proving work experience in a related field including:
    • A signed letter(s) by a licensed elevator contractor(s) certifying 3 or more years of work experience in construction, maintenance, and service or repair of regulated lifting devices.

Completion of an apprenticeship program that is registered with the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training of the United States Department of Labor or a state apprenticeship program and that the commission determines is at least equivalent to 3 years work experience in the elevator industry in construction, maintenance, and service or repair.

Required Information
  • Certification of completion of the approved apprenticeship program.
  • Copy of the approval of the program by the Commission.

Resources

NoteSubmit a public records request to obtain elevator database information.