Transient merchant license

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

COVID-19 response

Resident and employee safety is our primary focus to ensure that services are restored in a planful, safe manner that mitigates the potential transmission of COVID-19 within county facilities.

We strongly encourage remote processing (mail in or drop box) of transactions whenever possible.

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How to apply

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

Fee

  • $150
  • Check, money order or cashier's check. Credit cards are not accepted.

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