Licensing Requirements For Concrete Contractors In Minnesota

You have decided to begin your new career as an independent concrete contractor. However, before you can begin performing concrete repairs and installations, you will need your contractor’s license. You want to learn more about how to obtain one and what the entire process entails. We want to help make everything a little easier when it comes to starting your business.

The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry handles the licensing process. It is through them that you will need to apply for your license. The Department will also require you to take examinations to prove your experience and aptitude. When completing your application, you will need to include all the relevant information, such as your Federal Employment Identification number and state tax identification. You will also need to pay a few fees when submitting your application and registering for your license. Allow us to outline some of the general requirements in greater detail:



When applying for your contractor’s license in Minnesota, you have several options in terms of classification. You have your residential builder’s license and your remodeler’s license. Residential builders and remodelers will have the approval of the state of Minnesota to construct or improve dwellings that can hold up to four families. In some cases, you may also need to apply for a trade license. You can find all the relevant forms on the website for the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry.

Who Needs A


If you plan on providing residential or commercial services in the construction sector or related fields, then you will need a license. All contractors must apply for a state-issued license. Certain trades, however, won’t require a license unless you are working in two more fields. They include carpentry, drywall, exterior finishing, interior finishing, excavation, roofing and masonry.

What Else Does The

State Require?

Every contractor must go through the proper channels to obtain their license. Once you determine the license you need, here are the next steps that you need to take:

  • Register your business with the office of Minnesota’s Secretary of State
  • Provide your Federal Employment Identification Number and state tax identification number
  • Provide proof of general liability and workers’ compensation insurance
  • Complete and pass your contractor’s exams
  • Fill out your application and submit it to the state of Minnesota

Surety bonds are not a requirement for contractors in Minnesota (many other states, however, do require them). We still recommend that you obtain surety bonds because they will protect you from potential liability issues. They will make you and your clients feel a lot safer and protected against any major financial setbacks.

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Licensing And

Registration Fees

You will need to submit your payments to the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry by check or money order. The price of the fees you pay will vary depending on your trade and the number of exams you need to take. Submitting or renewing your application will cost $128, the licensing fee is $120, and it will cost $50 per exam.



The Minnesota of Labor and Industry will administer and grade your exams (you can visit the Department’s website for information on scheduling, registration, and fees). You will need to complete and pass two exams: the Business and Law exam as well as the trade exam. The Department gives you four hours to complete the exam and you must score at least 70% to earn a passing grade. If you don’t pass your exam, you will have to wait 30 days to retake it.
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Apply For Your

Contractor’s License

Once you obtain insurance, pass the exam and register your business with the Secretary of State, you can begin to apply for your license. When you go to verify that you possess liability insurance, you must also show that it’s worth at least $100,000 per occurrence and $300,000 for bodily injury, and property damage insurance worth at least $25,000. Also, don’t forget to pay your application and licensing fees, and you will need to know ahead of time the kind of license you need to begin doing business.


The process of obtaining your license may seem daunting, but we can assure you that it’s worth it in the end. Having your license is going to allow you to take on higher-paying projects and help you grow your business. A state-issued license provides you with plenty of safeguards that will protect you from any legal or financial consequences. We wish you the best of luck in your journey of becoming a concrete contractor!
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