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Metro-area exams

  • Exams are administered at DLI's St. Paul office on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, except for weeks in which a state holiday falls. Not all exams are given each day.

  • When taking an exam at DLI's St. Paul office, please park in the north end of the DLI parking lot and enter the building through the main entrance facing Lafayette Road.

  • Please do not park in the visitor spaces in front (east side) of the building.

Duluth exams

New Ulm exams

Please note that not all exam types are available each day. You can view the dates available for your exam type after you begin the online scheduling process described below.

Exam scheduling

If you have already received a notice from DLI that you have been approved to sit for an exam, you can schedule an exam online. You will need the application number provided in the approval notice you received and the last four digits of your Social Security Number.

If you need a copy of your application number, contact us at with your full name and the specific exam you applied to take. We'll respond with your application number as quickly as possible.

Exam time limits

  • All boiler exams: 2.5 hours

  • All electrical exams: 5.5 hours

  • All plumbing exams: 5.5 hours 

  • Residential building contractor, remodeler, and roofer: 4 hours

  • Certified building official: 5.5 hours

  • Building official limited: 4.5 hours 

  • Accessibility specialist: 2 hours

  • All water conditioning exams: 3 hours

  • All elevator exams: 5.5 hours

  • All high pressure piping exams: 5.5 hours

COVID-19 precautions and requirements

To be admitted to an exam site, examinees must bring with them a current government-issued identification card.

Examinees who have symptoms of COVID-19 or have in the previous five days been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 must not appear at their scheduled exam, but may reschedule an exam session at no additional cost.

To protect the health and safety of examinees and DLI staff members, social distancing, hygiene and respiratory etiquette protocols will be enforced.

  • Examinees must maintain a distance of six feet from each other and from DLI staff members at all times, including the check-in process prior to exam sessions.

  • All surfaces and exam materials will be sanitized following each exam session.

  • Hand sanitizer will be available, and examinees are encouraged to wash their hands before entering the exam sites and after leaving the exam rooms for any reason.

Questions and more information

Tennessen Notice

Before you are admitted to take an exam, you will be asked to answer some questions about your current health status. 

DLI will use these questions to screen for potential health risks to try to avoid the potential of spreading COVID-19. The data collected from your answers is classified as private under the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act.

These questions are not a COVID-19 test and do not determine whether or not you are infected with or have been exposed to COVID-19. 

In order to protect DLI staff and the public, agency staff, including non-medical personnel, will gather and review this data to determine whether to permit you to take the exam today based on whether risk factors are present.

You are not legally required to provide this data. However, if you refuse to provide the data, you will not be allowed to take the exam today. 

The data collected from these questions may be shared with agency staff collecting the data, agency HR staff, the agency safety administrator, agency management, and other persons or entities as authorized by law.