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In Minnesota, residential building contractor, roofer, remodeler and manufactured home installer businesses -- not individual owners -- require a license (though an individual operating as a sole proprietor is required to become licensed as an individual). However, each company must designate one individual who will serve as the qualifying person regardless of whether the licensee is an individual proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company (LLC) or corporation.

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.

About the exam

The exam consists of 110 multiple choice questions and a score of 70 percent or higher is required to pass. Applicants have four hours to complete the exam. View the Residential Building Contractor Licensing Examination Guide.

A copy of the Minnesota State Residential Code, 2015 edition, is provided for reference during the exam.

After the exam

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.

Who can act as a company's qualifying person?

Those who may act as the qualifying person for each business structure include (Minn. Stat. 326B.805, subd. 4):

  • Individual proprietorship: Must be the proprietor or managing employee

  • Partnership: Must be a partner or managing employee

  • Limited liability company (LLC): Must be a chief manager or managing employee

  • Corporation: Must be a chief executive officer or managing employee

A "managing employee" must be an employee of the company and is actively engaged in the business of residential contracting or residential remodeling on behalf of the licensee. A company's qualifying person may not be an independent contractor of the company.

A company’s qualifying person may act as the qualifying person for more than one company, but only if there is 25 percent common ownership among the companies and the individual meets the requirements described above with respect to their position within each company. The qualifying person is not required to be the individual holding the 25 percent common ownership.

The qualifying person is also responsible for completing 14 hours of approved continuing education to renew the company’s license every two years.

Questions?

Contact us at dli.license@state.mn.us or 651-284-5031.