Reciprocity allows persons residing and certified and credentialed in one state to be certified in another state without being required to pass additional certification examinations.

In Minnesota, a person must be licensed by the MDA before applying pesticides for hire or applying a restricted use pesticide (RUP). Reciprocity streamlines this license process.

Map showing states with reciprocal agreements
The MDA has reciprocal agreements with states adjacent to Minnesota: North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin.
  • In addition, the MDA has reciprocal agreements with Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming.
  • These agreements result from an evaluation and acknowledgement of equivalent applicator certification between Minnesota and another state where comparable use categories exist
  • Reciprocity allows licensed/certified persons who are not residents of Minnesota to apply for a Minnesota Pesticide Applicator license without additional testing where comparable categories exist. Minnesota applicators can use reciprocity to apply credentials in other states.
  • The applicator must complete all state specific requirements before a license is issued.
  • Reciprocity is based on State of Residence; changing State of residence will affect a reciprocal license. A driver's license or other proof is needed to show current state of residence.  

Steps to apply for a  Pesticide Applicator License from a State WITH a Reciprocal Agreement with Minnesota

  1. Provide a legible copy of the front and back of resident state pesticide certification or license showing categories and expiration date.
  2. Provide a legible copy of a drivers license or other document that identifies your legal state of residence, this must be the SAME state as your pesticide license.
  3. Complete a NEW Minnesota Department of Agriculture application form:
    Apply Online: Online Licensing and Payment Options
    Email additional information to Pesticide.Licensing@state.mn.us (copy of driver's license, copy of home-state pesticide license showing categories and expiration dates, reciprocal acknowledgement form)
    Apply By Mail:
    Commercial or Non commercial Pesticide Applicator License Application form (PDF) or 
    Structural (Journeyman only) Structural Pest Control Applicator form (PDF)
  4. Sign Reciprocal Acknowledgment form that you have read and are aware of provisions of the Minnesota Pesticide Control Law, will comply fully, and know the consequences for non-compliance. Please call Alice Waller at 651-201-6284 or the general licensing number 651-201-6615 to obtain the form.
  5. Provide Financial Responsibility Requirements if applying for a Commercial or Structural License Type. See Financial Responsibility Requirements

Renewal

Renewal notices will be mailed to applicators before the license expires at the end of the year.  Renewals must be received by the designated date or a late fee will be assessed.
An applicator certified via reciprocity must:

  • annually complete a Minnesota renewal application, 
  • pay the application fee,
  • provide a copy of the resident state certification and licensure with use categories, and
  • submit a legible copy of a driver's license or document showing state of residency.

State Pesticide Licensing Contacts in Reciprocal States