The information and resources provided on this page are for persons wishing to obtain a license to apply pesticides in the state of Minnesota. Pesticides include herbicides, insecticides, fungicides and other products intended to prevent, destroy, repel or mitigate a pest and substances intended for use as a plant regulator, defoliant or desiccant.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) issues licenses to Commercial and Noncommercial Pesticide Applicators and Structural Pest Control Applicators.
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MDA accepts certification (reciprocity) in certain states for residents of those states in lieu of testing to obtain a Minnesota pesticide applicator license. See Reciprocal License Requirements
Applicators must notify MDA immediately when changing employers as the license becomes invalid when an applicator leaves an employer. Licensed applicators must notify MDA of any change in address, name, change of employer, or change of license type (i.e noncommercial to commercial). NOTE : An applicator may not perform pesticide application work for a new company without first obtaining a license under that company's name.
To make any of these changes, contact MDA at 651-201-6615 Pesticide.Licensing@state.mn.us See License Changes
See Compliance Resources and keep Application Records and follow Application Notification Requirements as well as External Websites, Minnesota Statute Laws and Rules, Sponsorship of Workshops and Proctoring Exams
Questions regarding a pesticide applicator license call 651-201-6615 or email Pesticide.Licensing@state.mn.us