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Transient merchant license

This license is required for any out-of-state business having a sale in Hennepin County.

COVID-19 response

Drop-off or mail in your application. Limited walk-in services available.

Requirements when visiting county buildings

  • All visitors to county facilities who are not fully vaccinated are required to wear face coverings.
  • Fully vaccinated people do not have to wear face coverings in county buildings, but are welcome to do so.
  • Fully vaccinated means that it has been 14 days after the last dose in a person's vaccine series. Children under 5 are exempt from this requirement.
  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, do not enter county facilities.
  • You do not have to be vaccinated to enter a county facility.
  • Learn more about requirements when visiting county buildings.
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Remote application process

  1. Complete the application (PDF) and affidavit of goods (PDF) 
  2. Gather the following:
    • An itemized list of sale merchandise
    • The name and address of auctioneer(s)
    • A $1,000 executed bond to Hennepin County
    • Proof of partnership (if applicable)
    • A copy of your Minnesota Department of Revenue sellers permit or your state sales tax number
  3. Submit your application and payment:
  • At one of our drop off locations, or
  • Mail to:
    Director of Licensing – Transient merchant
    Hennepin County Government Center
    300 S 6th St. A-025
    Minneapolis, MN 55487-0026

If you cannot use a remote option, the in person application process is:

  1. Complete the application (PDF) and affidavit of goods (PDF) 
  2. Gather the following:
    • An itemized list of sale merchandise
    • The name and address of auctioneer(s)
    • A $1,000 executed bond to Hennepin County
    • Proof of partnership (if applicable)
    • A copy of your Minnesota Department of Revenue sellers permit or your state sales tax number
  3. Email license.gc@hennepin.us

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