Minnesota officially switched to the new Tiered Licensure system on July 1, 2018. The new Tiered system takes into account more factors than the old system. For an outline of requirements for each of the 4 tiers, please see the infographic created by Education Minnesota.

Important Updates:

Beginning July 1, 2019, PELSB will no longer be able to issue first-time licenses pending a background check. PELSB must receive fingerprint card results before issuing a license to a candidate. The 30-day processing window will not begin until PELSB has received all application materials and the completed background check.

Please make sure you are using THE MOST RECENT APPLICATION FORM found here:

Please follow these steps:

  1. Which license should I apply for?

  2. AM I READY TO apply for my license?

  3. How do I apply for my license?