Each time supporting evidence arrives at the board office and is accepted into your official board record, staff send you a License Data Sheet. When all items are marked on the License Data Sheet as completed, you will receive direction how to request and pay for your first license.
The board prorates the $200.00 annual license fee for your first license. If you request your first license between July 1 and December 31, the full $200.00 applies. If your first license is requested between January 1st and June 30th, when all licenses expire every year, the fee is $100.00. A 10% temporary surcharge is currently applied for the Office of Electronic Technology. This OET surcharge will be collected until July 2015.
In 2009, the legislature enacted MN Statute 16E.22 which requires all state agencies to collect a temporary surcharge of 10% of the licensing fee for business, commercial, professional and occupational licenses. This includes all health related occupational licenses and must be collected whether the license is made by paper or online. This fee must be collected from July 2009 through June 2015 and is transferred entirely to the Office of Electronic Technology for their general funded priorities. The BENHA board members did not support the new proposed system nor believe this additional expense is beneficial to licensees or the board. The board does support the pursuit of electronic government services.
Since 2009, the Board of Nursing Home Administrators has utilized our reserve fund to meet this OET requirement, but the reserve fund is now depleted, having been transferred to other non-board related operations. We are now obligated by law to collect the surcharge directly from our initial license and license renewal applicants beginning January 1, 2011, for these licenses. At this time, the board will continue to pay the credit card convenience fee of nearly 4% per transaction to encourage a strong electronic system.