Pesticide Registration Period

Minnesota’s pesticide registration period for pesticides registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under Section 3 of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) is one calendar year, January 1 – December 31. The registration fee is not pro-rated for a partial year’s registration. The full registration fee is required, regardless of the time of year the pesticide registration application is submitted.

Agricultural and Non-agricultural Pesticides Defined

An agricultural pesticide is a pesticide product with a label that includes the “Agricultural Use Requirements” box and a non-agricultural pesticide is a pesticide product with a label that does not include the “Agricultural Use Requirements” box. A pesticide product with a label that includes the Agricultural Use Requirements box indicates that some or all of the uses of that product are subject to the federal Worker Protection Standard. Dual use products, meaning pesticide products with a label including both the Agricultural Use Requirements box and a Non-agricultural Use Requirements box, are considered agricultural pesticides.

Requirements for Pesticide Registration Application

The registrant must submit all required items and forms listed below by mail, unless stated otherwise, in one complete packet to the address listed on the application form in order to prevent unnecessary delays in new product registration.

  1. Submit a printed and properly completed Application for Registration of New Pesticide Products (PDF). All submissions to register a new product now must be made with this form. 
    • If you currently have an active Minnesota pesticide product registration license number, fill in the corresponding section currently on the registration form. If you do not have an active Minnesota license number for pesticides product registration, leave this field blank.
    • While filling out the form you will need to specify on the Application for Registration of New Pesticide Products whether each product is an agricultural pesticide (“Ag”) or non-agricultural pesticide (“Non-Ag”). To do this:
      • Enter the number “1” in the “Ag” column if the product is an agricultural pesticide (label has the Agricultural Use Requirements box).
      • Enter the number “1” in the “Non-Ag” column if the product is a non-agricultural pesticide (label does not have the Agricultural Use Requirements box).
      • Correctly add up the number of Ag products and enter the total in the “Total Number of Ag Products” space.
      • Correctly add up the number of Non-Ag products and enter the total in the “Total Number of Non-Ag Products” space.
      • Correctly add the number of Ag and Non-Ag products together and enter the combined number in the “Total Number of All Products” space.
  2. Submit the annual fee and surcharge in the form of a check. All registration checks must identify the company name and identifying Minnesota license number if the registrant currently has an active Minnesota pesticide product license number. Checks without this information will be mailed back to the company which will result in product registration delay.
    • $400 for each agricultural pesticide ($350 registration fee plus $50 Waste Pesticide Program surcharge).
    • $475 for each non-agricultural pesticide ($350 registration fee plus $125 Waste Pesticide Program surcharge).
  3. Submit an electronic copy of both the product label and Safety Data Sheet (SDS) as a text searchable pdf for each new product submitted on a disk or via ALSTAR.
    • If submitting labels/SDS via ALSTAR, do not also send them on a disk. If submitting the label/SDS for a new registration via ALSTAR, indicate on the registration application form that the label/SDS have been submitted via ALSTAR.
  4. Submit a completed Pesticide Label Submission Checklist. When submitting labels via ALSTAR, make sure to specify “ALSTAR” and the date submitted to ALSTAR on the checklist.  
    Both checklists are available electronically:

Kit Registration

Any product that is sold/marketed under a new name (different from the name of each pesticide product inside), and/or the label of said product does not have each product label completely visible from the outside of the package requires a new/separate pesticide registration with the state of Minnesota.

Kits falling under this description must meet the following guidelines when submitting the pesticide registration application.

If the product is a distributor product, it must meet federal registration/labeling requirements as laid out in the Supplemental distribution code (40 CFR 145.132)

Labeling must be provided for the following:

  • Label of the box/ container
  • Individual labels for each product (pesticide or non-pesticide) found inside the box. The active ingredient list found on the box/container referenced above does not count.
  • Supplemental labels/pamphlets

According to the Sale and Distribution of Misbranded Pesticides and Devices statute, a person may not offer for sale or distribute a pesticide or device determined by the commissioner to be misbranded, including a pesticide or device that:

  1. is an imitation of or is offered for sale under the name of another pesticide or device; or
  2. does not comply with the labeling requirements under this chapter or FIFRA.

The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA Section 2(p)) defines pesticide “label” and “labeling” as:

  • Label:  The written, printed, or graphic matter on, or attached to, the pesticide or device or any of its containers or wrappers.
  • Labeling: All labels and all other written, printed, or graphic matter accompanying the pesticide or device at any time, or to which reference is made on the label or in literature accompanying the pesticide or device, except to current official publications of the Environmental Protection Agency, the United States Departments of Agriculture and Interior, and the Department of Health and Human Services, State experiment stations, State agricultural colleges, and other similar Federal or State institutions or agencies authorized by law to conduct research in the field of pesticides.

Products found within the kit must bear the same name on all kit labeling as the individual product registration held with the state (Pesticide Registration Statute).

Example: if a kit named “Daily Disinfectant Necessities Kit” lists “Baxter’s Best Surface Disinfectant” as a pesticide product to be found within the kit, then the individual pesticide product must also be registered separately with the state with the same name “Baxter’s Best Surface Disinfectant”.

A different name would require an additional separate registration.

Additional Kit Labeling Recommendations

Complete labeling of each pesticide product with the kit should be visible on the exterior package label. Non-pesticide products listed as included in the kit do not require the full labeling to be visible on the exterior package but should state full product labeling can be found on the inside of the kit itself.