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Do you need a special license to operate a forklift?

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Federal safety laws require that forklift operators have a special forklift license. Operators also need to be certified and have authorization from their employers or equipment owners to drive a forklift.

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Do you need a special license to operate a forklift?
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The forklift certificate shows that the operator received specialized training at basic, specialist, advanced and refresher levels. There are different certifications for each type of forklift as well, so the operator must take several training sessions to be able to operate more than one type of forklift. The forklift operator must go through training again every three years.

Having a forklift license ensures that the operator has gone through specialized safety training. Most insurance companies do not insure operators who are not certified.

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