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March 21, 2012

Construction industry can use new online tools to obtain licenses

Minnesota construction contractors and workers can now use online tools to obtain their licenses.

The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) has launched its online DLI ReNew licensing system to allow individuals to apply for or renew a license, certificate or registration.

Each year, DLI issues more than 50,000 licenses, certificates and registrations for electrical, elevator, high-pressure-piping, plumbing and residential contractors as well as boiler operators, electricians and plumbers. Overall, Minnesota has approximately 120,000 license holders in the construction industry.

"By using the DLI ReNew licensing system, both renewals and initial applications submitted online can be processed a week faster than those submitted by mail," said Ken Peterson, DLI commissioner. "Instead of mailing paper forms and checks for processing, online users can enter the necessary information, upload the required documents and pay their fee in a matter of minutes."

New license applicants enter their contact information, select the appropriate licensing discipline and type, see the required fee and upload required application forms.

The online licensing system also allows qualified applicants to schedule an exam and pay after successfully passing an examination.

For online renewals, current or previous license holders verify their contact information, upload the required documents and pay their fee.

Benefits of using the DLI ReNew license system:

  • online applicants automatically go to the front of the line for review, significantly cutting processing time for an initial application or renewal;
  • the ability to pay by credit card or eCheck ensures the online user pays the correct fee every time, eliminating the need for DLI to mail refunds for overpayments or hold up applications due to underpayments; and
  • incomplete applications can be processed faster because DLI has immediate access to applicant or license holder information in a document management system instead of a paper file.

DLI has also streamlined its approval and tracking of continuing education (CE) classes, required for certain license, certification and registration holders before license renewal. CE sponsors can use Web applications to input information about each licensee's course attendance, enabling licensees to renew without having to submit course completion certificates as they have in the past. The renewal process is simpler for licensees and allows quicker processing of license renewals.

The DLI ReNew license system is online at https://secure.doli.state.mn.us/license/intro.aspx. It is a welcome addition to DLI's existing online features for the construction trades such as the eTRAKiT online permit system and the License Lookup application that allows users to search for personal and business licenses issued by DLI.

This project is part of Governor Dayton's commitment to Better Government for a Better Minnesota. The Better Government initiative is aimed at reforming state government and providing better services, more efficiently, at lower cost to taxpayers.

Government reform remains a top priority of the Dayton Administration and Minnesotans are already seeing the results. For more information about the Better Government for a Better Minnesota initiative, visit http://mn.gov/governor/initiatives/better-government.

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