Obtain a: Private Elevator Inspector Agency License


In order to obtain a Private Elevator Inspection Agency Director License, you must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be at least eighteen (18) years old
  • Be able to read and write the English language
  • Be fit to perform the work authorized by the license
  • Have good moral character so as not to adversely impact your fitness to perform the duties and responsibilities of a Private Elevator Inspection Agency Inspector
  • Have a minimum of seven (7) years of satisfactory experience within the ten (10) years immediately preceding the exam application date in the assembly, installation, repair, design, or inspection of elevators or as an elevator mechanic

NOTE: Please see Chapter 28 of the NYC Administrative Code Section 28-421 for the full requirements for licensure, except as modified by Section 101-07(c)(4) of Title 1 of the Official Compilation of the Rules of the City of New York


You must pass a written exam LIC41, in order to become an Agency Inspector. To do this you must complete the exam application, check the box that indicates you are an Agency Inspector candidate and submit the application with the $525.00 fee, payable by money order only, to:

NYC Department of Buildings
Licensing & Exams Unit - Exams
280 Broadway, 1st Floor
New York, NY 10007



After submitting your exam application, you must next schedule your exam.

  • If your application is accepted, you will receive an email from the exam administrator in one (1) to two (2) weeks with instructions on how to schedule your exam. Exams are given at several different locations in the State.
  • The exam consists of multiple-choice questions that assess your knowledge of the installation, operation and repair of new, existing and relocated dumbwaiters, elevators, escalators, moving walkways, wheelchair and stair chair lifts, and special hoisting and conveying equipment. You will be allowed to use approved reference materials during the exam.
  • To pass the exam you must score at least a seventy (70) percent. You will be notified of your score immediately upon finishing the exam.


To become an Agency Inspector, you must pass a background investigation. Submit the documents listed below, either by mail (priority mail, FedEx, UPS or another trusted delivery service) or drop-off to:

NYC Department of Buildings
Licensing & Exams Unit
ATTN: Exams
280 Broadway, 1st Floor
New York, NY 10007

*Note: Drop-off your application package between 9:00 am and 1:30 pm.*

You must include all the following for your application to be processed:

  • LIC51 application
    NOTE: Applicants may fill out the LIC51 Voluntary Authorization for Service of Process by email even if they reside within the City of New York and would like to to receive Notices of Violation (NOV)/Summonses via email.
  • Examination Score Report Form
  • Experience Verification Forms from all supervisors for the years you are claiming as experience
    NOTE: Experience Verification Forms from company Human Resources will not be accepted
  • Social Security History of Earnings for the years you are claiming as experience - this is NOT the Social Security Statement.
    NOTE: There is a fee charged by the Social Security Administration for this service. You must request the report to be run by ‘company name’. You may request the information by mail or in-person (ordinarily you can receive this instantly in-person).Visit http://www.ssa.gov/online/ssa-7050.html for more information
  • Current Photo ID (Driver’s license, State ID, permit, green card or passport)
  • Original Social Security Card
  • Proof of residence (utility bill, bank statement, lease, or deed) or a typed notarized letter and bill from the person with whom you are residing
    NOTE: Cell phone bills will not be accepted
  • Latest pay stub or W-2, if needed for qualifying experience
  • $500.00 Background Investigation Fee – for questions pertaining to your background investigation or to find out the status, please send inquiries to lbackgrounds@buildings.nyc.gov


Once you have you have passed the written exam and background investigation, you need to apply for your Agency Inspector license.

  • If you pass the written exam and the background investigation, you will be notified in writing by the Department’s Licensing and Exams Unit that you are eligible to apply for an Agency Inspector license.
  • If this is a new elevator company you will be required to submit the following business documentation:

    All license holders must submit insurance certificates for general liability, worker’s compensation and disability. Please read our ‘Insurance Guidelines’ section for more information.

    - Copy of Certificate of Incorporation, certified by New York State Department of State
    - Copy of Filing Receipt or Certificate of Good Standing
    - Copy of by-laws or Articles of Agreement (if none, an affidavit on corporation stationery stating such)
    - Copy of minutes stating the elected officers, including time, date and location of meeting

    - Copy of Filing Receipt or Certificate of Good Standing
    - Copy of Articles of Organization
    - Copy of Operating Agreement (if none, an affidavit on corporation stationery stating such)
    - Copy of minutes stating the elected members
    - Licensee must be an elected member of the LLC

    You will have one (1) year from the date of the letter to begin submitting the required documents for your license. If you do not complete the process within one (1) year of the date on the letter, you will be required to retake the exam.

  • If the Department determines you meet all the qualifications and you pass the background investigation, you will receive an approval letter from the Licensing & Exams Unit. Once deemed qualified, you must send an email to LicensingAppointments@buildings.nyc.gov to obtain an appointment to receive your license card. Your email must include a PDF scan of your approval letter. You should receive a reply within 15 business days.

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