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If you are not able to complete online training, contact the DNR at firstname.lastname@example.org for classroom training options.
Questions about permit or training? See FAQ.
To renew, you need to:
Contact the DNR at email@example.com or 651-259-5100 to have additional vehicle stickers mailed to your business.
The vehicle stickers are mailed with the paper permit. If you did not receive stickers with your paper permit, please call 651-259-5100. If you leave a message, state the name of the person who applied for the permit, the business name, and how many stickers you need.
Yes, if you rent out any type of water-related equipment (pontoons, fishing boats, canoes, paddleboards, etc.) as part of your customers' stay (whether for a specific rental fee or bundled as part of their full stay with you), your business needs a permit.
No, your business is still a lake service provider business and the owner or a manager needs to attend training and pay a permit fee every three years. If you do only rent boats on one lake and they never leave that lake or shoreline property year-round, then your employees are exempt from taking the online employee training.
(1) an individual who or entity that: decontaminates, installs, or removes water-related equipment or structures into or from waters of the state for hire or as a service provided as a benefit of membership in a yacht club, boat club, marina, or similar organization; or
(2) an individual who or entity that: rents or leases water-related equipment that will be used in, placed into, or removed from waters of the state. Service provider does not include a person working under the supervision of an individual with a valid service provider permit issued under section 84D.108. Answer these basic questions to see if your business is a lake service provider.
It is a misdemeanor and the penalty can be up to $1,000 and/or 90 days in jail.
For further information contact the DNR's AIS Training Specialist or the regional invasive species specialist in your area.
The permit fee is $50/business and is good for three years.
When you apply for your permit online, you will be given instructions to pay for your permit with a credit card or check.
Permits cover three calendar years. Permits issued in 2017 will be valid through December 31, 2019.
There are a few steps to the process. Service providers must:
In-person permit classes are typically offered January-May, before open-water season. See the current list of trainings scheduled throughout the state. Online training will launch in spring 2017 and will be available year-round.
Only one permit is required per business and one owner or manager must attend a training session and pass the test. Other owners or managers that you would like listed on the permit must attend the training session and pass the test to be listed.
The main owner for your business should register the business for permit and add names of any other managers that will be completing permit training.
Additional owners who did not attend an in-person training session can take the employee online training and obtain the lake service provider employee certificate to keep with them when conducting lake service provider work.
If your business has separate locations and location managers, the DNR suggests that the manager of each location attend training, pay the $50 fee, and obtain a permit for their location. This will ensure that each location is aware of the laws, that decontamination locations can be specified in the permit for that specific location, and the location will be in the lake service provider database which will be used to provide updated information regarding AIS, infested waters, and information related to the location's employees.
If you attended class before applying for your permit, you must apply and pay the fee online within the same calendar year to receive your permit. If you don't apply for your permit in that calendar year, you will need to attend another training the following year.
The law requires you to have your permit before you provide any lake service provider services.
Paper permits and lake service provider vehicle stickers are mailed to permittees after they have attended training, passed the test and paid the $50 permit fee. A copy of the permit should be kept in each vehicle and the lake service provider vehicle sticker should be attached to the lower left side of the windshield of the vehicle used when providing services.
Lake service provider employees must take a free online employee certificate training before working in waters of the state. The employee online training covers basic information to ensure employees know how to follow AIS law and lake service provider permits. After completing online training, employees will have a certificate they need to print and carry with them when working.
Employees that have completed the online training do not have to take the in-person training for owners/managers.
No. If your name is on the permit, the permit is all you need to cover you when you provide services. You do not also need to take the employee certificate training and get a certificate.
Permits should always be available to show to a conservation officer. A permit with your name on it shows that you have received training.
No. Employees may take the employee online training at any time.
Have Other Questions? Contact AIS Training Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org