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Who needs a roofer license?

Only companies are required to obtain a license (in the case of an individual, the license is issued to an individual proprietorship). However, each company must designate one individual who will serve as a "qualifying person" regardless of whether the licensee is an individual proprietorship, partnership or corporation. The qualifying person is the individual who must take the required examination and fulfill the continuing education requirements for the licensee.

Instructions about how to renew a roofer license.

Applications and forms

 
The following must be submitted for a roofer license:

  1. A completed Residential Roofers License Application and Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Criminal Background Check form.

  2. The license fee of $165. The fee is the same no matter when a license is obtained during the license period.

  3. A copy of the Articles of Incorporation, filed and stamped by the Minnesota Secretary of State; the partnership agreement, signed by all partners; or other business organization documents.

  4. A completed Disclosure of Owners, Partners, Officers form, providing names and addresses of all officers, directors, shareholders, partners or employees who exercise management or policy control in the company.

  5. A completed Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Criminal Background Check form for each individual listed on the Disclosure of Owners, Partners, Officers form.

  6. A $15,000 surety bond and power of attorney. The front of the bond must be signed and sealed by the surety company. The front of bond must be signed by the owner of the individual proprietorship, the president of the corporation or a general partner of the partnership. The acknowledgments on the back of the bond must be notarized. The company name listed on the surety bond must be identical to the company name listed on the application.

  7. A copy of the Certificate of Assumed Name, filed and stamped by the Minnesota Secretary of State, if the business name is different from the legal name of the individual, corporation or other business entity. Information about filing for a Certificate of Assumed Name is available from from the Secretary of State. For example:

    • an individual proprietor who intends to do business using a company name that does not include the individual's first and last name;

    • a name that does not include the first and last name of each individual partner; or

    • a corporation or other business entity that intends to do business under a name that is not the legal corporate name or business entity name.

      • Examples: "John Smith Construction" would not be required to attach a Certificate of Assumed Name if John Smith is the sole owner of the business. However, "Smith's Construction" would be required to attach the certificate, because it does not contain the full first and last name of the owner. Similarly, if a legally incorporated company, "ABC Construction, Inc.," intends to do business as "Acme Construction," the company must attach a Certificate of Assumed Name to the license application. The Certificate of Assumed Name is required to provide information to the public about the true identity of the business owner.

  8. All required Certificates of Insurance. (The legal name and any assumed name must appear in the "Insured Name" section of the certificate.) The "Certificate holder" section of the Certificate of Insurance must indicate:  Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, 443 Lafayette Road N., St. Paul, MN 55155.

    • Liability insurance with limits of at least $300,000 per occurrence, which must include at least $10,000 property damage coverage.

    • Minnesota workers' compensation insurance certificate or a written explanation of why the applicant is exempt from workers' compensation requirements. Applicants who have no employees and have no intention of hiring employees (other than spouse, parent or child) during the next year, should attach a written statement with the license application explaining the specific reason that they are exempt. If applicant is uncertain whether workers' compensation insurance is required for your business, contact the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry at (651) 284-5005.

    • Unemployment insurance or a written explanation of why the applicant is exempt from unemployment insurance requirements. If applicant is uncertain whether unemployment insurance is required, contact the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development at 651-296-6141.

  9. Qualifying person information. A company’s qualifying person must pass our prelicensing exam for the company to apply for a license. There are no prerequisite experience or educational requirements to take the residential building contractor or remodeler exam. You can apply online or submit an application. The exam is offered in St. Paul and at sites throughout Minnesota. Once you pass the exam we will contact you with test results and instructions about how to apply for a license. Those who don't pass the exam must wait 30 days before applying to retake the exam and submit a new application and fee.

Questions?

Contact us at dli.license@state.mn.us or 651-284-5034.

Please note: We do not accept cash as payment for licenses, inspections, copy requests or other services. Accepted methods of payment include checks, money orders and electronic payments that can be made through our website.