Maryland Encourages Online Renewal for Pesticide Licensing & Certification

The Maryland Department of Agriculture recently mailed renewal postcards to all businesses with active licenses. Last year, over 81 percent of renewals were conducted online. Prior to the online application, it could take up to three months to complete a renewal. With the online application, that time has been reduced to five days creating significant time savings, efficiency gains, and overall satisfaction with the simplified renewal method.

“The effort put forth to make pesticide renewal simpler was well worth it,” said MDA Pesticide Regulation Program Manager Dennis Howard. “We couldn’t be more pleased with the number of online renewals processed and the positive feedback received by our customers. We continue to strive to offer tools that are effective and convenient.”

Businesses begin the simplified renewal process by entering their license number, license type, and the code provided by MDA on the post card. Pesticide applicators, technicians, and consultants associated with the business are displayed for the user to provide the requested contact information and recertification requirements. Once payment is made, and approved by MDA Administration, the business license and applicator certificates are displayed for printing and can also be reprinted at any time from the online system.

A list of MDA approved recertification courses, required for pesticide businesses and applicators to remain certified, are available online through a public search. New recertification courses for pesticide safety, environmental concerns, pest biology, control techniques, and disposal can also be submitted to the MDA for approval through this new system.

The following public searches are also available through the online system: