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What is an amusement ride?

An amusement ride is any mechanical, gravity, or water device or devices that carry or convey passengers along, around, or over a fixed or restricted route or course or within a defined area for the purpose of giving its passengers amusement, pleasure, or excitement, and normally requires the supervision or services of an operator. Examples of amusement rides include:

  • Most mobile carnival rides;
  • Most theme park rides; and
  • Most water park rides and devices.
  • Amusement rides also include, but are not limited to, the following:
    go-karts, rock climbing walls, bungee jumps, zip lines, mechanical bulls, trackless trains, continuous air-flow inflatable rides/devices (bounce houses, inflatable slides), and various simulators.

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What is not an amusement ride?

Examples of items that are not considered an amusement ride or regulated by TDI include:

  • Non-mechanized playground equipment;
  • Physical fitness/training devices or obstacle/ropes course equipment;
  • Public conveyance devices;
  • Zorb or hamster balls;
  • Coin operated rides;
  • Live animal rides; and
  • Motor sports.

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What are the types of amusement rides?

  • Class A Ride: Any amusement ride with a fixed location and designed primarily for use by children 12 years of age or younger.
  • Class B Rides: Any amusement ride not defined as a Class A ride.

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What is an amusement ride compliance sticker?

  • An amusement ride compliance sticker is issued by TDI when the amusement ride meets all of the legal requirements for operating in Texas.
  • Like an inspection sticker for your car, an amusement ride compliance sticker is valid for one year from the date of inspection.
  • The amusement ride compliance sticker should be affixed to a major component of each ride in a location visible to the riders.
  • Click here for a list of current amusement ride compliance stickers.

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What does TDI require of amusement ride owners and operators? What does an operator submit to obtain a compliance sticker?

  • Insurance: A certified copy of an insurance policy demonstrating compliance with TEX OCC. CODE (TIC) ANN. §§2151.101(a)(3) and 2151.1011(b), and 28 TEX ADMIN CODE (TAC) §5.9004(b). The insurance policy must include a schedule of rides with the names and serial numbers of each ride insured by the policy.
    • Class A Rides require limits of liability of not less than $100,000 bodily injury and $50,000 property damage per occurrence with a $300,000 annual aggregate or $150,000 per occurrence single limit with a $300,000 annual aggregate.
    • Class B Rides except for Class B motorized train amusement rides and continuous air flow inflatable require limits of liability of not less than $1,000,000 bodily injury and $500,000 property damage per occurrence or $1,500,000 per occurrence combined single limit.
    • Motorized trains and continuous air flow inflatables (Class B Rides) require limits of liability of $1,000,000 per occurrence.
    • Click here for a list of all current amusement ride operators' insurance policies.
    • Click here for a list of insurance agents that sell amusement ride insurance.
  • Inspection Certificate: An inspection certificate (Form AR-100) from the insurer, or person with whom the insurer has contracted, stating that each amusement ride has been inspected, meets the standards for insurance coverage, and is covered by the insurance policy.
  • Filing Fee: Owners and operators must accompany each inspection certificate (Form AR-100) with a $40 filing fee.
    • To pay with credit card or debit card:
    • To pay with check or  money order:
      • make the check or money order payable to the Texas Department of Insurance.
      • Include the company's name somewhere on the check or money order.
      • Mailing address for filing fees:

        Texas Department of Insurance
        333 Guadalupe Street - MC 9999
        Austin, Texas 78701
  • Schedule of Operations: Mobile amusement ride owners and operators must also provide a schedule (Form AR-102) of operating locations and dates for each six-month period.
  • Click here for a list of current amusement ride compliance stickers.

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What additional reports does TDI require amusement ride owners and operators to submit?

  • Quarterly injury report: Amusement ride owners and operators must submit a Quarterly Injury Report (Form AR-800) for any injuries cause by an amusement ride.
  • Quarterly Governmental Action Report: Amusement ride owners and operates must submit this report (Form AR-801) for any governmental action taken relating to a particular amusement ride, including an inspection resulting in the repair or replacement of equipment used in the operation of an amusement ride.
  • Click here to print a blank copy of these reports.

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What does TDI consider as a injury that would require the amusement ride owner or operator to submit an Quarterly Injury Report:

  • TDI requires amusement ride owners and operators to submit a Quarterly Injury Report if the injury requires medical treatment or results in death. The term "medical treatment" includes treatment (other than first aid) administered by a physician or by a registered professional under the standing orders of a physician. "Medical treatment" does not include first-aid treatment (one-time treatment and subsequent observation of minor scrapes, burns, splinters, and any other minor injuries that do not ordinarily require medical care) even though the treatment is provided by a physician or by a registered professional.
  • Click here to view Quarterly Injury Reports that amusement ride owners and operators submitted to TDI.
  • Click here to print a blank Quarterly Injury Report.

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What groups enforce the amusement ride regulation?

  • A municipal, county, or state law enforcement official may enter and inspect without notice at any time to ensure public safety and may immediately prohibit operation of an amusement ride for non-compliance and or unsafe operation.
  • If law enforcement requests, an amusement ride owner or operator must provide the following documents for each ride:
    • A copy of the insurance policy;
    • A copy of the inspection certificate; and
    • A daily self inspection log (for mobile rides only).
  • An offense for non-compliance is a Class B misdemeanor.

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What gives TDI the authority to regulate amusement rides?

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How do you become an amusement ride inspector?

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Last updated: 09/11/2017

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