Applying for a Day Care License

Application Process

The application process takes approximately 3 months to complete from when you first inquire about a day care license. You will then receive a packet of information along with the date of the orientation meeting you have been scheduled to attend. At the orientation you are informed about the licensing process and the requirements of day care.

Crow Wing County partners with Sourcewell for all family child care licensing services. Find licensing information and forms on the Sourcewell website. Are you interested in becoming licensed? Learn more and start the process by contacting a regional licensing specialist at


You must be at least 18 years of age to apply for a day care license. Reference letters, health reports, and background studies are done on the applicant. Background studies are also conducted on any family members 13 years or older residing in the day care home.

Fees & Inspection

Crow Wing County charges a fee of $50 to conduct home inspections and $10 per background study, not to exceed $100 per year, for licensed family child care programs. The day care residence is inspected for safety and must meet certain requirements.