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      Going Paperless with DLI ReNew

      Posted on March 22, 2012 at 8:00 AM


      As part of Governor Mark Dayton’s Better Government for a Better Minnesota reform effort, the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry unveiled their new online license registration capability.  The online program, called the ReNew system, will make the process of new license registrations and license renewals, faster, simpler, and more streamlined. This system will allow individuals to apply for or renew a license, certificate, or registration online.

      “By using the ReNew licensing system, both renewals and initial applications submitted online can be processed a week faster than those submitted by mail,” said Labor and Industry Commissioner Ken Peterson. “Instead of mailing paper forms and checks for processing, online users can enter the necessary information, upload the required documents and pay their fee in a matter of minutes.”

      Online users will benefit tremendously from this agency reform. They will be able to pay online, eliminating the hassle of possible payment complications like accidental overpayment or underpayment. Also, incomplete applications will be reviewed and processed more quickly, ensuring that applicants will not have the process hindered by a minor mistake. It will also eliminate wasted time and resources caused by delays in delivery and processing.

      The construction industry has nearly 120,000 license holders in the construction industry, and the DLI issues 50,000 licenses, registrations, and certificates a year. These copntractors will find their applications and requests processed a week faster than the old mail-in system. DLI ReNew will also recognize and track people who are continuing their education to meet requirements for renewing licenses, without having to complete the extra step of submitting course completions.

      The DLI ReNew system will make licensing more convenient and less complicated for Minnesotans. Commissioner Peterson has instituted an innovative, effective way to meet Minnesota’s needs that exemplifies Governor Dayton’s commitment to creating a better government for a better Minnesota.