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Licensed programs

The department, in cooperation with counties, licenses approximately 20,000 service providers and monitors and investigates 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.

Ownership changes

For information and resources, visit changes in ownership for licensed programs. 

Background studies

Information about background studies, including who is required to get them, how the process works.

Legislative changes

For an overview of statutory changes made by the Minnesota Legislature, visit Legislative changes for licensed programs.


The commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services may grant variances to rules that do not affect the health or safety of persons in a licensed program if certain conditions are met. This page has additional information for all provider types about variances.

Licensing Lookup

Search the online database of licensed providers. Learn about license status, inspection documentation, names of license holders, addresses, and more information about thousands of entities. Updated daily.

Maltreatment investigations

For further information about reporting and following up on allegations of maltreatment of children and vulnerable adults in licensed facilities.

FAQs about licensing actions

Find answers to questions frequently asked about licensing actions and maltreatment investigations involving DHS-licensed providers.

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