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Electrical contractor license renewal - 2016

Fee reductions, continuous bond and streamlined online renewal among changes for 2016 business license renewal

  • Electrical contractor license renewal fee has dropped from $206.80 to $168.00.
  • New continuous bond means contractors won’t have to submit a new bond to DLI every two years.
  • New online business renewal process eliminates most paperwork.

All current electrical contractor licenses expire Feb. 29, 2016. DLI is currently accepting license renewal applications. Instructions for renewing electrical contractor, technology system contractor and satellite system contractor licenses are provided below.

New online renewal process

  • Our updated online renewal process allows you to renew your business license without having to submit several paper forms.
  • You can now review the information DLI has on file for your company, submit any required changes, and pay the renewal fee, all online.
  • Renewal fees cannot be paid over the telephone.
  • Your original bond forms must still be mailed to DLI.
  • If DLI does not have current liability insurance information for your company, you will need to submit a current insurance certificate (PDF).
  • If DLI does not have current workers’ compensation insurance information for your company, you will need to submit a current Workers’ Compensation Compliance Certificate (PDF).
  • Insurance certificates can be emailed to DLI.license@state.mn.us

License bond now is continuous

  • Effective 2016, bonds required for electrical contractors, technology system contractors and satellite system contractors must be continuous.
  • DLI presumes the new bond you submit with your 2016 renewal is valid until DLI receives a cancellation notice from the surety (bonding) company.
  • After you successfully submit a new bond with this renewal, you will not have to submit a new bond to DLI when you renew your license in the future.
  • The amount of the bond is also cumulative, which means there will be $25,000 in coverage for each two-year license term.

Secretary of State filing

  • To renew your license, your corporate, LLC or assumed name filing with the Secretary of State must be current.
  • Your license cannot be renewed if your Secretary of State filing is inactive or expired!
  • Click here to check the status of your Secretary of State filing and to update it if necessary.
  • On all renewal forms, especially your bond and insurance certificates, your business name must appear EXACTLY as it is filed with the Secretary of State.

If you have changed your business structure (such as going from a sole proprietorship to an LLC or corporation, or from a corporation to an LLC), you will need to apply for a new license at DLI for your new business entity as well as file the new entity with the Secretary of State.

Paper renewal

  • License renewals can still be submitted by mail or in person.
  • Mailed or delivered renewals must include all of the forms included in this packet (PDF).
  • Make sure all of the required forms including the original bond form (and power of attorney form) are complete before you mail or deliver them to DLI. 

These are the required forms:

Providing DLI with an email address helps us communicate with you immediately if there is a question about your renewal. This allows your application to be processed faster.

Bond issues

To ensure your renewal is processed without delay, make sure your $25,000 surety bond meets these requirements:

  • Be sure your insurance agent has used the correct bond form (PDF).
  • The name of your company must be listed on the bond exactly the same way it appears on your license (which must be the same way it is filed with the Secretary of State).
  • An owner or officer of your company must sign the bond in front of a notary public:


  • The notary public must verify the signature of your company's owner or officer in the appropriate "Acknowledgment of Principal" section on the second page of the bond form (Section A or Section B):


  • Section C must be completed by the surety company.
  • A power of attorney form completed by the bonding company must be attached to the bond.

 New license, certification and registration fees effective July 1, 2017 (PDF).


Please call us at (651) 284-5034 or send an email to DLI.license@state.mn.us.

Please note: The Department of Labor and Industry does not accept cash as payment for licenses, inspections, copy requests and other DLI services. Accepted methods of payment include checks, money orders and electronic payments that can be made through the DLI website. Also, license fees cannot be paid over the telephone.

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