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Licensing & Permits
NOTICE: EXTENSION OF PESTICIDE APPLICATOR LICENSES
Commercial and non-commercial restricted use pesticide applicators licenses currently expire December 31, 2020. Those licenses will be extended to January 31, 2021. This will allow the Department to complete an upgrade of its licensing database and prevent unnecessary person-to-person contact. Once complete, licensees will be able to submit renewal documents electronically, which will limit physical submission of paperwork at department offices, limit department employees from having close and sustained contact with each other in the preparation of physical licensing paperwork, and limit contact between licensees and department staff.
Pesticide applicators may submit renewal documents electronically for the 2021 year once the licensing database upgrades are complete. The anticipated completion date is January 1, 2021. Licensees who have provided the Department with an email address will receive renewal notices via email. Others will receive renewal notices by regular mail. Detailed instructions for license renewal will be included in the renewal notices.
The Arkansas Department of Agriculture is in the process of going paperless and updating the licensing database. This may cause delays in the licensing process. For important information and changes regarding the applicator certification and licensing program, please refer to the appropriate licensing webpages. If you have questions or need immediate assistance, please contact the Pesticide Section at 501-225-1598.
Pesticide Applicator Licensing, Dealer Licensing and Permits
In Arkansas, the testing and licensing of pesticide applicators is the responsibility of the Arkansas Department of Agriculture, Plant Industries Division, Pesticide Section.
The required safety training, also known as Certification or Recertification, is provided by the Cooperative Extension Service, University of Arkansas.
These are the basic types of pesticide applicators:
Private Applicator: applicators who use restricted use pesticides to produce agricultural commodities on property owned or rented by them or their employer. This does not include the home gardener. Restricted use pesticides are not labeled for use on home gardens. To be eligible for a Private Applicator License one must be a producer of an agricultural commodity.
Commercial Applicator (Firm and Individual): applicators who apply pesticides for hire for any purpose or on property other than that specified for defining private applicators. This includes aerial and ground applicators.
Commercial Applicator Technician: applicators who use restricted use pesticides under the direct supervision of a certified and licensed Commercial Applicator.
Non-Commercial Applicator: applicators who use restricted use pesticides for their employer and not for hire basis. They do not qualify as a Private Applicator nor require a Commercial Applicators License. Examples: city employees, researchers, Extension Agents, chemical company representative, etc.
Restricted Use Pesticide Dealer License: any person who sells, offers for sale, or distributes any Restricted Use (including Classification E, F, or H) pesticide, must obtain a Restricted Use Pesticide Dealer’s License within the State of Arkansas.
Bulk Dealer Permit: a pesticide dealer who distribute or repackage pesticides from a single bulk container into numerous smaller containers.
2,4-D Hardship Permit: required to use Class F products (all 2,4-D and 2,4-D containing products) between April 16th and September 15th of each year in Clay, Greene, Craighead, Poinsett, Cross, Crittenden, St. Francis, Lee, Phillips, and Mississippi Counties.
Dicamba Permit: required to use Dicamba containing pesticides in crop from May 26th through October 31st for Arkansas land east of the Mississippi River levee.
Educational / Outreach Material
- AR Pollinator Stewardship Program Brochure (488.62 KB)
- Pesticide Applicators and Pesticide Dealers Informational Flyer (738.98 KB)
License Search & Verification
To view any active license holder(s) of the above listed licenses and permits, please go to the online License Search & Verification webpage.