3 Steps to Finalize your Assisted Living License Approval

Providers that recently applied for an assisted living license (ALL) must take three easy but essential steps by July 1 to ensure the application's approval and prepare for the Aug. 1 implementation date.

Step 1: Submit payment now to move to the next phase.
You should have received information on how to pay licensure fees electronically. Providers must pay the complete license fee to move to the next step of credential verification. The application review process will not proceed until the complete license fee payment is submitted.

The license application fee is non-refundable. 

Step 2: Complete your Department of Human Services background study
Once you have submitted the complete license fee, your Authorized Agent should watch for an email from the Department of Human Services (DHS), which outlines the steps to set up your background studies account for your new license.

Background studies are required for all natural persons who are owners with direct ownership interest and managerial officials who provide direct contact with residents. This means "providing face-to-face care, training, supervision, counseling, consultation, or medication assistance to residents of a facility."

Step 3: Notify MDH when all your ALF background studies for your license are completed
Once you have received all your background study confirmations from DHS and all required parties are determined to be eligible, you should notify the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) all have been completed. Include your ALL HFID# with your email and send it to The license will not be issued unless all parties required to undergo a background study under Minnesota Statute 144G.13 are determined to be eligible.

Applicants are encouraged to complete these steps as soon as possible to keep their application approval moving through the process and ensure they are ready for the Aug. 1 implementation date. Providers will need to complete these steps to get their license. 

If you have any questions, please email

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