License Minnesota

Racing Class C License (Occupational)

The Minnesota Racing Commission (MRC) licenses Owners Bloodstock Agents, Drivers, Exercise Riders, Farriers, Farrier Assistants, Groom Hot-walkers, Jockeys, Jockey Apprentices, Jockey Agents, Pony Riders, Trainers, Trainer Assistants, or Stable Supervisors.

Agency contact information:

Racing Commission (MRC), Minnesota
Canterbury Park Location (952) 496-7950 | (952) 496-7954 (fax)
Running Aces Harness Park Location (651) 925-3951 | (651) 925-3953 (fax)


Racing Commission (MRC), Minnesota

MN Racing Commission Locations

Canterbury Park MRC Office
P.O. Box 630
1100 Canterbury Road
Shakopee, MN 55379
(952) 496-7950

Running Aces Harness Park MRC Office
15201 Zurich Street N.E., Suite 212
Columbus, MN 55025
(651) 925-3951

The Minnesota Racing Commission (MRC) was created to regulate horse racing and card club operation in order to ensure that it is conducted in the public interest.


Minn. Stats. 240.08


MINNESOTA RULES 7877.0100 - 7877.0185


Class C License Application
FBI approved Finger Print Card

Application forms are available on the Minnesota Racing Commission website at Licensing Applications.


As Required by Minn. Stat. § 240.08

(a) is not in default in the payment or obligation to the state.

(b) have not been convicted of a felony or a crime involving fraud or misrepresentation within ten years of application, have been discharged from any supervision related to a disqualifying offense for at least five years, have never been convicted of a gambling-related offense, and do not have a state or federal felony charge pending.

(c) is not and never has been connected with an illegal business.

(d) has never been found guilty of fraud in connection with horse racing or breeding.

(e) has never been found guilty of a violation of law or rule relating to horse racing, pari-mutuel betting, or any other form of gambling.

(f) has never knowingly violated a rule or order of the commission or a MN law relating to racing.

Licensing information is available on the MN Racing Commission website at Licensing Applications.


The Minnesota Racing Commission must license everyone who is employed at a racetrack in Minnesota. Applicants are fingerprinted and authorize the release of personal information to verify application content. The applicants must also complete a notarized Affidavit of Qualification stating that they are not in debt to the State of Minnesota, have never been convicted of a felony, have never been involved in illegal business or fraud, nor have they been convicted of a crime related to horse racing or gambling. View the State of Minnesota Licensing Rules & Fees.

-All licenses expire December 31st of the calendar year in which they are issued. 

-Every individual must be licensed prior to racing. 

-Minnesota law prohibits issuing licenses to convicted felons. Fingerprints are required of all applicants ages 18 through 70. Minn. Rule 7877.0120, subpart 2D requires that all applicants who have not previously been licensed by the Commission must submit fingerprints with their initial application. Each set of fingerprints submitted must include a fingerprint  processing fee of $21.50. Contact the Licensing Office for a fingerprint card. A fingerprint affidavit will be accepted as described on the reciprocity form. 

-All partnerships, corporations, and stable names must be licensed. If you are in a partnership, each individual owner must be licensed as well as the partnership.

-Trainers please note. Workers' Compensation Insurance is required. A current Certificate of Insurance must be on file in the Racing Commission office in order to be eligible for a trainer's license and before any employees may be licensed. Trainers should also note that work authorization documentation is required of and verified for all employees. 

-Individuals applying for licensure in certain occupations may be required to obtain approval of the Board of Stewards prior to issuance. 

-Applications that have been completely filled out and notarized may be submitted along with the appropriate fees made payable to the Minnesota Racing Commission in person or by mail.

-Confirmation will be mailed after processing.


 As stated in Minn. Rules 7877.0120 


Association Employee


Association Staff


Authorized Agent


Bloodstock Agent


Board of Directors




Exercise Rider




Farrier Assistant


Finger Print Fee


Gate Crew




Horsemen Organization


Horsemen's Bookkeeper




Jockey Agent


Jockey, Apprentice


Owner, Individual


Owner, Multiple




Owner/Trainer/Driver (H)


Pony Rider


Racing Official


Replacement Fee




Stable Supervisor




Trainer, Assistant





Period of Issuance:

All licenses expire on December 31 of the calendar year after it's issuance.

Length of Determination Process:

Valid upon successful completion of required application and fingerprinting, unless criminal background check or other rule violation proves otherwise.

Other Pertinent Information:

Minnesota and/or multi-jurisdictional license applications are available online at the MN Racing Commission website at, (see owners licensing) or from the Association of Racing Commissioners International at

All applicants age 18-70 who have not previously been licensed by the commission must submit fingerprints with their initial application.

Canterbury Park Racetrack & Card Club   

Running Aces Harness Park