Construction contractor registration with DLI
A new state law requires registration of some construction contractors. Registration is free and online here. Construction contractors must register with DLI by Sept. 15, 2012.
This new law replaces the independent contractor exemption certificate (ICEC) program with a simplified two-year pilot project for registration of construction contractors.
An individual or business entity that performs commercial or residential building construction or improvement services must register with DLI unless they:
- have a current license, certificate or registration issued by DLI;
- have a current independent contractor exemption certificate;
- are an employee of a business performing construction services; or
- hold a current residential building contractor or remodeler certificate of exemption issued by DLI; or excluded from registration requirements under Minnesota Statutes 181.723, subd. 4a.
Contractors who hire unregistered subcontractors, misclassify workers and fail to register are in violation of the law, which can result in civil penalties.
If a license is required, do not register
If contractors are performing any construction work for which a license, certification or separate registration is required under Minn. Stat. chapter 326B (i.e. Boiler, Electrical, Elevator, HPP, Plumbing or Residential Building Contractor), they must apply for a license and may not submit a Contractor Registration. Contact CCLD's Licensing Services at (651) 284-5031 (personal licenses) or (651) 284-5034 (business licenses) for more information.
Online verification of registered contractors
Verify "Contractor Registration" with DLI's License Lookup searchable database
- "License class" select "Business"
- "Select a discipline" select "Registered Contractors"
- "Select a classification" select "CONTRACTOR REGISTRATION"
- Click "Search" button
- Results will show names and status of currently registered contractors