License Minnesota

Employment Agency License for Operation

Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI)

Agency contact information:

Labor and Industry (DLI), Minnesota Department of
443 Lafayette Road N.
St. Paul, MN 55155
(651) 284-5005 | (800) 342-5354 | (651) 297-4198 (TTY)
Labor Standards Division
(651) 284-5005
Contact Info:


Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry

Labor Standards

The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) oversees the state's apprenticeship, construction codes and licensing, occupational safety and health, wage and hour standards and workers' compensation programs and the Office of Combative Sports.


Minn. Stats. 184.22


MINNESOTA RULES 5200.0510 - 5200.0610


Application for Employment Agency License


Notarized agency application.

Notarized bond application.

Evidence of workers' compensation.

May also require information specific to corporation (if applicant is a corporation); separate application and bond, if more than one agency location.


Agency license - $250 per year

Licensing surcharge to be assessed

The Minnesota Legislature passed legislation requiring a 10% surcharge of no less than $5 and no more than $150 on each business, commercial, professional or occupational license. The funding from this surcharge will go to MN.IT Services (formerly Office of Enterprise Technology (OET)), which is establishing an electronic licensing system for the state. The surcharge will be in place through June 30, 2015. See Minn. Stat. § 16E.22.

Period of Issuance:


Length of Determination Process:

Upon receipt.

Other Pertinent Information:

Those agencies formerly registered as Search Firms should review with legal counsel employment agency licensure requirements.

Must take an exam to get license ($20 exam fee) and pay $20 license fee for each manager or counselor.

There is a $10 renewal fee annually for each manager or counselor.