Commercial Pesticide Applicator License
Agency contact information:
Agriculture (MDA), Minnesota Department of
625 N. Robert Street
St. Paul, MN 55155
(651) 201-6000 | (800) 967-2474 | (800) 627-3529 (TTY)
Pesticide and Fertilizer Management Division
Licensing and Certification Unit
Contact Info: Xia Moua, State Program Administrator (Intermediate)
License Information System (LIS) Lookup a License
The mission of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is to enhance Minnesotans' quality of life by ensuring the integrity of our food supply, the health of our environment, and the strength of our agricultural economy.
Minn. Stats. 18B.33
Application forms are available on the MN Dept. of Agriculture website, Pesticide and Fertilizer Management Division at Pesticide Applicator Licensing.
Individuals intending to apply pesticides in Minnesota for hire must be licensed as a commercial pesticide applicator.
To become licensed an applicant must:
- Apply online or complete a New Pesticide Applicator License Application Form (PDF) Also see Identification Requirements
- Pay application fee and surcharge before taking certification exams
- Pass at least 2 certification exams, CORE A and one other category
- Aerial Applicators must pass CORE, Aerial and at least one other category
- Meet Financial Responsibility Requirements
- Recertify AND renew license as required; see Recertification Requirements
- Note that applications of fertilizer requires a fertilizer license. See Fertilizer Licensing
Refer to MDA information:
In order to renew a license each year, applicants must complete appropriate recertification requirements. Recertification is obtained by attending MDA approved workshop(s) or by re-testing. Applicants who fail to complete recertification requirements will not be allowed to renew their license.
Minnesota law requires commercial pesticide applicators to carry a valid license identification card with them whenever applying general or restricted use pesticides. License identification cards are issued and mailed along with applicator licenses.
Reciprocity: Minnesota issues pesticide applicator licenses via reciprocity to applicators from states with equivalent certification and licensing process.
Refer also to Pesticide Applicator Licensing - Factsheets
Annual license application fee - $50 (not refundable).
Annual Agricultural Chemical Response and Reimbursement (ACRRA) surcharge - $25
Late fee of 50% of the application fee is added to the application total if RENEWAL applications are not received by the MN Department of Agriculture by March 1.
Period of Issuance:
From date of issuance through December 31.
Length of Determination Process:
License processing time is approximately 3 weeks.