Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry

License lookup help

To ensure you conduct an accurate search, please keep the following in mind:
  • Be sure you select the correct license class, discipline, and classification
  • For personal licenses, type in the licensee’s last name first
  • Type in just part of a company name – the search will depend on how the name was entered into our licensing system and will provide you with information on all the license records containing the text you enter, so it’s best to type in the primary part of the name and then filter through the records returned by the search to find the right record
  • Do not type in punctuation marks or wildcards (* or %)
  • All contractor licenses (electrical, plumbing, residential building contractor, remodeler, elevator, HPP, roofer, manufactured homes) are considered to be a “business” license even if the contractor is an individual proprietor
  • Registered contractors (those registered in the Construction Contractor Registration Pilot Program) are also considered to be a “business” for search purposes even if the contractor is an individual proprietor
  • When looking at a personal record, do not be concerned when the individual’s continuing education (“CE”) status is “Not Met.” This simply means that the individual needs to fulfill the required CE hours in order to complete their next license renewal. It does not mean that they failed to fulfill the CE requirements for their last renewal
  • Use the “Advanced Search” function to look for licensees by city or Zip Code
A qualifying person is required for each residential building contractor, remodeler, roofer and manufactured home installer license. The qualifying person is an owner, officer, or managing employee who has passed the qualifying exam and must maintain the required CE. Qualifying persons are not considered to hold a personal license, but are registered and tracked by DLI with a separate number, which is a two-letter prefix beginning with a ‘Q’ followed by six digits. A contractor’s qualifying person’s QB, QM, QR, QI number can be found on the lookup results for the associated contractor license.

Registered contractors are not considered to be licensed to perform services for which a license is required. This registration is required for all building construction or improvement contractors who wish to be treated as an independent contractor (as opposed to an employee) by the contractors that hire them. These records all begin with the two-letter prefix “IR.” More information on the Contractor Registration Pilot Program can be found on our website.

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