How do I get a license?

Applications for licenses are mailed out after watching the required Online Orientation Overview. The next step is to watch the Application Process video. 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, you will receive further instructions to review required information about licensing standards and good child care practices.

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.