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Title: Commercial Pesticide Applicator License
Alternate Title:
Description: Commercial pesticide applicator licenses are for pesticide applicators who apply any pesticide (including herbicides) “for hire". For hire means charging or invoicing for the service. Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA)
Subject: Pesticides
Creation Date: 9/11/2008 2:12:02 PM
Modification Date: 5/20/2022 8:51:23 PM
Agency Name: Agriculture (MDA), Minnesota Department of
Agency URL:
Agency Description: The mission of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is to enhance Minnesotans' quality of life by ensuring the integrity of our food supply, the health of our environment, and the strength of our agricultural economy.
Agency Phone: 651-201-6000
Agency Fax: Agency URL:
Agency Address:
625 N. Robert Street

St. Paul
Division Name: Pesticide Licensing
Division URL:
Division Description:
Division Phone: Division Fax: Division URL:
Audience: Hold Application URL:
Renewal URL:
Versa URL:
Requirements: Determine Your License Type

Determine your license type:
  • Commercial: applicator makes pesticide applications for-hire (customers are billed or invoiced)
  • Noncommercial: applicator makes applications of Restricted Use Pesticides as part of his/her job on property owned or controlled by the employer; or for two or more governmental units sharing resources through a joint powers agreement.
  • Structural: applicator makes pesticide applications in, on, or around structures 
  • Private Applicators (typically farmers)
How to Apply for a Commercial or Noncommercial Pesticide Applicator License

Structural Pest Control License Requirements

Renewal Requirements

  1. All pesticide applicator licenses expire on December 31st.
  2. Renewal application forms are mailed to the employer before your license expires at the end of the year.
  3. The license fee and surcharge are due at the time of renewal.
  4. Licenses can be renewed online, by mail or in-person at the MDA.
  5. Applicators must meet recertification requirements per category listed
  6. Structural Pest Control Licenses have unique renewal requirements 
Other Requirements

  • Pesticide applicators may not apply pesticide UNTIL they have a valid license.  Proof of licensure can be the license identification card they receive in the mail or printed proof of license from the License Lookup page.
    • Minnesota law requires pesticide applicators to carry a valid license identification card, either the electronic facsimile from our webpage or the plastic wallet card, whenever applying pesticides.
  • License applicants must answer the following question truthfully:  “Has applicant for license/certification ever had a license or certification denied, revoked or suspended by another state?”
Change in License

Conditions of Holding a License

  • Hold a valid card with valid dates
  • Proof of financial responsibility
  • Proof of workers’ compensation, if applicable
  • Card  shows correct employer. Notify the MDA of any changes.
  • Certified in correct category for intended application. Notify the MDA of any changes in categories.
Compliance Resources

Reciprocal License

 MDA accepts certification (reciprocity) from some in place of testing in Minnesota for a Minnesota Pesticide Applicator License. Find out more about reciprocal licenses.
Statutes: 18B.33


Application for new Pesticide Applicator License: Commercial/Noncommercial

Application for new Pesticide Applicator License: Structural Applicator

Duplicate License Application for Current License Holders

Application forms are available at Pesticide Applicator Licensing 


Annual license application fee - $50 (not refundable).

Annual Agricultural Chemical Response and Reimbursement (ACRRA) surcharge - $14

Late fee of 50% of the application fee is added to the application total if RENEWAL applications are not received by the MN Department of Agriculture by March 1.

See Pesticide and Fertilizer License/Certification Fees

Period of Issuance:

From date of issuance through December 31.

Length of Determination: License processing time is approximately 3 weeks.
Other Info:
Activity: Pesticide
Commercial Pesticide Applicator
License Detail URL:

Pesticide Applicator Licensing

Licenses & Inspections Locator

Online Licensing System -License Lookup

Online Licensing and Payment Options

Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA)

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