Automotive Lift Institute, Inc. (ALI)

Cortland, NY 13045


About Automotive Lift Institute, Inc. (ALI)


PO Box 85
Cortland, NY 13045

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Originally founded in 1945 as the trade association of U.S. manufacturers of in-ground lifts, the Automotive Lift Institute (ALI), in cooperation with the National Bureau of Standards, sponsored the first standard governing automotive lifts (CS142) in 1947.

Currently credentialed by ANSI, and recognized by the International Accreditation Forum as an Accredited Standards Developer and a Product Certification Organization, ALI sponsors several nationally recognized automotive lift safety standards and offers a Third-Party Certification Program for automotive lift products and automotive lift inspection services provided by inspectors.


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Digital Vehicle Lifting Points Guide (2023)

Jan. 23, 2023
Aims to prevent vehicle lift accidents
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ANSI/ALI ALOIM: 2020 and ANSI/ALI ALIS: 2022 Digital Editions

Sept. 20, 2022
Electronic versions of North American vehicle lift safety standards and training materials
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ALI introduces Check360 Certified Lift Inspection, new inspection label

March 1, 2021
The Check360 Certified Lift Inspection is a comprehensive examination of the lift structure as well as its electrical and mechanical components.
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Automotive Lift Institute releases 2021 edition of Vehicle Lifting Points for Frame Engaging Lifts guide

Jan. 27, 2021
The guide includes OEM lifting points for cars, SUVs, vans, and light duty trucks from model years 2000 through 2021.
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ALI adds resources to website

May 26, 2020
The Automotive Lift Institute’s updated website includes additional resources and improved navigation.

Articles & News

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Doug Brown named Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) chairman

Nov. 14, 2022
The New York-based watchdog company for automotive lifts recently appointed a new chairman as well as a new Associate Class representative.
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ALI introduces digital lift safety standards and training materials

Sept. 21, 2022
Electronic versions of ANSI/ALI ALOIM: 2020 and ANSI/ALI ALIS: 2022 are now available alongside the second edition Lifting It Right lift safety manual e-book.
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To improve bay safety, technicians should get to know their lifts by truly paying attention to potential safety hazards or damage to the lift and its accessories. For example, it is important to check lift contact points such as lifting pads to make sure they are free of debris, grease, oil, and anything else that may prevent solid contact. Adapters in the condition shown here should not be used.
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Know your lift

Aug. 6, 2019
Techs who get to know the lifts they use regularly are more likely to notice the first signs of trouble, keeping themselves and all who use the lifts safer.
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Ask the Expert: My vehicle lift bears a UL logo. Does that mean it is certified?

Aug. 13, 2014
The Automotive Lift Institute’s (ALI) gold label is one of the best indicators that the entire lift system has been certified.
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Ask the Expert: How often do my vehicle lifts have to be inspected?

Aug. 13, 2014
When inspections are performed by qualified personnel, they help protect users by ensuring that the lifts they work under are functioning properly and maintained in accordance...
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Ask the Expert: Is it legal to buy uncertified vehicle lifts?

Aug. 13, 2014
Building and safety codes in many jurisdictions can prevent uncertified lifts from being installed.

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Richard Petty visits Automotive Lift Institute Video

April 4, 2013
More than 300 people participated in the first Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) Lift Inspector Certification Program, in Las Vegas on Oct. 31, 2012. The meeting concluded with ...


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ALI strengthens safety standards for gold certification label

Sept. 17, 2018
Changes include expanding the testing requirements for load-holding devices (also known as "latches" or "locks") and increasing the number of test cycles.
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ALI updates online lift safety training, adds Spanish and mobile option

Oct. 12, 2017
The interactive course covers safe lifting practices for all types of automotive lifts.
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Automotive Lift Institute introduces new safety tips poster

Sept. 28, 2017
Educational poster features guidance from ALI’s updated Lift Safety Tips Card
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Stertil-Koni to sponsor National Lift Week for the third year

Aug. 12, 2016
National Lift Week set for Oct. 3-8; official sponsor Stertil-Koni to provide safety briefings, demos and events.
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ANSI approves ALI standard covering lift installation and service

June 9, 2016
The new standard, ANSI/ALI ALIS 2009 (R2015), replaces the existing standard, ANSI/ALI ALIS 2009, effective June 15.
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ALI to hold condensed training program in Vegas same week as AAPEX and SEMA

June 25, 2015
Participants in the Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) Lift Inspector Certification Program can fast-track their certification by attending the “Five Days to Victory” training, testing...
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Two-hundred ALI annual inspection labels stolen

May 5, 2015
The labels are individually serialized and are applied to automotive lifts that pass annual lift inspection safety requirements as an indication of compliance with recognized ...