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    Subdivision 1. Requirement. (a) A person may not apply a pesticide for hire without a
commercial applicator license for the appropriate use categories or a structural pest control
license or aquatic pest control license.
(b) A person with a commercial applicator license may not apply pesticides on or into
surface waters without an aquatic pest control license under section 18B.315, except an aquatic
pest control license is not required for licensed commercial applicators applying pesticides for
the purposes of:
(1) pest control on cultivated wild rice;
(2) mosquito and black fly control operations;
(3) pest control on rights-of-way;
(4) aerial pest control operations for emergent vegetation control;
(5) aerial application of piscicides; and
(6) pest control for silvicultural operations.
(c) A commercial applicator licensee must have a valid license identification card when
applying pesticides for hire and must display it upon demand by an authorized representative of
the commissioner or a law enforcement officer. The commissioner shall prescribe the information
required on the license identification card.
    Subd. 2. Responsibility. A person required to be licensed under this section who performs
pesticide applications for hire or who employs a licensed applicator to perform pesticide
application for pro rata compensation is responsible for proper application of the pesticide
or device.
    Subd. 3. License. A commercial applicator license:
(1) expires on December 31 of the year for which it is issued, unless suspended or revoked
before that date;
(2) is not transferable to another person; and
(3) must be prominently displayed to the public in the commercial applicator's place of
    Subd. 4. Application. (a) A person must apply to the commissioner for a commercial
applicator license on forms and in the manner required by the commissioner. The commissioner
must prescribe and administer a closed-book, monitored examination, or equivalent measure to
determine if the applicant is eligible for the commercial applicator license.
(b) Aerial applicators must also fulfill applicable requirements in chapter 360.
    Subd. 5. Renewal application. (a) A person must apply to the commissioner to renew a
commercial applicator license. The commissioner may renew a commercial applicator license
accompanied by the application fee, subject to reexamination, attendance at workshops approved
by the commissioner, or other requirements imposed by the commissioner to provide the
applicator with information regarding changing technology and to help assure a continuing level
of competence and ability to use pesticides safely and properly. The applicant may renew a
commercial applicator license within 12 months after expiration of the license without having
to meet initial testing requirements. The commissioner may require additional demonstration of
applicator qualification if a person has had a license suspended or revoked or has had a history of
violations of this chapter.
(b) An applicant that meets renewal requirements by reexamination instead of attending
workshops must pay the equivalent workshop fee for the reexamination as determined by the
    Subd. 6. Financial responsibility. (a) A commercial applicator license may not be issued
unless the applicant furnishes proof of financial responsibility. The financial responsibility may be
demonstrated by: (1) proof of net assets equal to or greater than $50,000; or (2) by a performance
bond or insurance of the kind and in an amount determined by the commissioner.
(b) The bond or insurance must cover a period of time at least equal to the term of the
applicant's license. The commissioner must immediately suspend the license of a person who
fails to maintain the required bond or insurance. The performance bond or insurance policy must
contain a provision requiring the insurance or bonding company to notify the commissioner by
ten days before the effective date of cancellation, termination, or any other change of the bond or
insurance. If there is recovery against the bond or insurance, additional coverage must be secured
to maintain financial responsibility equal to the original amount required.
(c) An employee of a licensed person is not required to maintain an insurance policy or bond
during the time the employer is maintaining the required insurance or bond.
(d) Applications for reinstatement of a license suspended under the provisions of this section
must be accompanied by proof of satisfaction of judgments previously rendered.
    Subd. 7. Application fees. (a) A person initially applying for or renewing a commercial
applicator license must pay a nonrefundable application fee of $50.
(b) A license renewal application received after March 1 in the year for which the license is
to be issued is subject to a penalty fee of 50 percent of the application fee. The penalty fee must
be paid before the renewal license may be issued.
(c) An application for a duplicate commercial applicator license must be accompanied by a
nonrefundable application fee of $10.
History: 1987 c 358 s 75; 1989 c 326 art 5 s 39-41; 1993 c 283 s 2,3; 1996 c 330 s 6; 1997 c
7 art 1 s 8; 1Sp2005 c 1 art 1 s 21