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DHS licenses service providers and monitors and investigates their compliance with Minnesota laws and rules. Licensing protects the health, safety and rights of those receiving services by requiring that providers meet minimum standards of care and physical environment.

What's new

News and updates about DHS' licensing function, including legislative changes    

General information

Learn more about licenses, background studies and maltreatment investigations.

Licensed programs

A listing of the types of programs and services licensed by DHS.


Answers to frequently asked questions about background studies, child care licensing, maltreatment investigations, background investigations and record retention guidelines.

Licensing Lookup

Search DHS’ licensing information database for frequently requested public information.

Report abuse

Report abuse of those who receive services of licensed facilities.

Maltreatment investigations

Information about maltreatment investigations and reports.

Report fraud

Report fraud by recipients of public assistance programs, and child and health care providers.

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