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 the following states:
  • Adjacent states: North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin.
  • Other states: 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. 

Applicators licensed through reciprocity who move to Minnesota must complete a recertification workshop in Minnesota prior to renewing the license in subsequent years, or take the Minnesota certification exams.

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

  1. Driver's License -Provide a legible copy of a driver's license or other document that identifies your legal state of residence, this must be the SAME state as your pesticide license.
  2. Pesticide Applicator License - Provide a legible copy of the front and back of resident state pesticide certification or license showing categories and expiration date.
  3. Reciprocal Acknowledgement Form- Sign the Reciprocal Acknowledgment form indicating that you have read and are aware of the provisions of the Minnesota Pesticide Control Law, will comply fully, and know the consequences for noncompliance. This must be signed by the applicator. (See "Reciprocal Licensee/Acknowledgment of Minnesota Pesticide Control Law" under "Forms + Resources")
  4. Application and Payment- Complete a NEW MDA application form. Application and surcharge fees are nontransferable and nonrefundable. Applications can be submitted online or by mail, see instructions below.
    • Apply Online:
    • Apply By Mail: 
      • Download the appropriate application form using the links listed under "Forms + Resources". Please note the Structural Pest Control Applicator License Application is for Journeyman only.
      • Include the following information with your application when applying by mail.
        1. Copy of driver's license
        2. Copy of home-state pesticide license (showing categories and expiration dates)
        3. Reciprocal Acknowledgement form
  5. Financial Responsibility- Provide Financial Responsibility Requirements if applying for a Commercial or Structural License Type. See Financial Responsibility Requirements


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, these fees and surcharges are non-transferable and nonrefundable.
  • 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