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Minnesota Contractor Requirements

Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry

443 Lafayette Road N.
St. Paul, MN 5515
Phone: 651-284-5034
Email: dli.license@state.mn.us
Website: www.dli.mn.gov/business/residential-contractors-remodelers-roofers

How to obtain a Residential Contractor’s license

A. Enroll in How to Pass the Minnesota Contractor Licensing Exam course as no education is required to take the Contractor exam in Minnesota
B. Register to take Minnesota Contractor exam here
C. Pass Contracting Exam
D. Apply for license

How to Renew a Residential Contractor’s license

A. Renewals are due to March 31st to the DOLI, best practice is have the education completed by March 1st for a timely renewal.The QP (Qualifying Person) records expire on based on the approval date. Continuing education must be completed by the expiration date of the QP Record.
B. Course content must demonstrate significant intellectual or practical content and deal with matters directly related to residential construction, workforce safety, or the business of running a company in the residential construction industry.
C. Complete 14 hours of education to include a 1 hour course related to energy codes or energy conservation measures applicable to residential structures and 1 hour of business management. Please review the state website here
D. Individuals can determine their personal qualifying person identification number by going to state website here and searching by name


Each course has been submitted pursuant to Minnesota Stat. S326.87 subd. 1 and S82.22 subd. 13 for residential building contractor and remodeler continuing education. Some courses have also been submitted for real estate continuing education. The only course covering the EPA requirement for lead containment training is the Lead-based Paint Renovation, Repair & Painting course.


The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry is extending the continuing education reporting deadlines 90 days for anyone whose license expires in March, April, or May 2020 per Minn. Stat. § 326B.0981, subd. 13. Licensees will still have to submit a timely license renewal in order to avoid late fees, but the DLI will renew their licenses without all CE completed. DLI will follow up with these licensees to ensure CE compliance down the road.

Update 3/10/21 - Many residential building contractor and remodeler business licenses expire on March 31, 2021. Per the MN DLI, deadlines have not been extended due to COVID-19.