Our mission is to protect the public interest, advocate for Minnesota consumers, ensure a strong, competitive and fair marketplace, strengthen the state’s economic future; and serve as a trusted public resource for consumers and businesses.
Find out some highlights of how Commerce serves Minnesotans by selecting "What We Do" below.
What We Do
Energy advocates on behalf of the public interest in regulated-utility matters; conduct environmental review of proposed energy facilities; oversees utility energy conservation programs; and administer the federal Weatherization Assistance Program and Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
Licensing protects consumers by licensing over 270,000 professionals in more than 20 different industries – including insurance agents and adjusters, real estate brokers and salespeople, property appraisers, collection agencies and debt collectors.
Insurance evaluates products to ensure that all legal requirements are met and Minnesotans are charged fair rates. We also monitor the financial solvency of insurance companies so Minnesotans can trust that money will be available to pay claims.
Financial Institutions ensures the stability and security of Minnesota’s financial institutions, we license, supervise and examine state banks, trust companies, credit unions, insurance companies, mortgage lenders and other financial service companies.
Weights & Measures ensures accuracy and equity in Minnesota’s marketplace. From gas pumps to grain elevators to grocery scales, we check the accuracy of all commercial weight and measuring equipment in the state, as well as the quality of gasoline and other fuel products.
Telecommunications protects consumers and advocate for the public interest on telecommunications matters in front of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. We also provide services and specialized equipment so Minnesotans with hearing, speech or physical disabilities are able to access phone services.
Enforcement protects consumers and the integrity of the market by monitoring market conduct and investigating consumer complaints related to insurance, securities, real estate, debt collection and other industries. The licensed law enforcement officers in our Fraud Bureau also conduct criminal investigations of insurance fraud and related financial crimes