How do I get a license?

Applications for licenses are distributed at required orientation training. (See Orientation Meeting Schedule) Once the county receives a completed application, a background study is completed on the applicant and family members. The background study includes a check with local police, social services and a criminal check with the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

When all preliminary information has been received, and the background study is successfully completed, applicants are invited to attend a small group orientation training session. At the orientation training session, child care licensing staff will cover licensing rules and good child care practice. The final step in the licensing process is a home licensing inspection. Once the inspection is completed, and all other requirements are met, licensing staff recommends that the Minnesota Department of Human Services issue a license.