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Commercial Applicator License

Important Notices:
Please read for changes regarding the Certification and Licensing Program. 

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.  To ensure your application is processed in a timely manner be sure to provide ALL required information.

If you have questions or need immediate assistance, please contact the Pesticide Section at 501-225-1598. 

The following section explains the steps required to obtain and maintain a Firm Commercial Applicator’s License, Custom Applicator Permit, and Tree Injector Permit.

Who qualifies for a Commercial Applicator’s License?
This information is for individuals or companies applying pesticides for hire in the following categories:

  • Agricultural Animals
  • Aquatics
  • Forest Pest Control
  • Right of Way
  • Wood Treatment

Note:  If you are a structural, household, and turf & ornamental (lawn care) applicator, please refer to the Regulatory Section.


Firm Commercial Applicator

Required Documents:

  1. A Firm Commercial Applicator Application Form (DP-29)
    Complete and submit with the appropriate fees and other required documentation.
  2. An Individual Commercial Applicator Application Form (Form DP-30)
    The Individual Commercial Applicators must be indicated on the Form DP-29.
    For certification and licensing requirements regarding Individual Commercial Applicators click here.
  3. Insurance
    Proof of Financial Responsibility minimum requirement of $100,000, deductible not to exceed 5,000, Insurance Form (DP-44), Letter of Credit, Surety Bond or an Escrow Account.
  4. A Power of Attorney is required for out of state companies only and must designate an Arkansas resident for service of process. Go to Pesticide Section Forms Website, scroll down to “Application Forms and Associated Fees to be Submitted Per Mail:”, open and print the Power of Attorney Form. 

Application Equipment: Each piece of application equipment must display a commercial applicator decal before applying pesticides. Also, aircraft must display a commercial applicator decal before applying seed, fertilizer or pesticides.

First Timers:

For a first timer a Firm Commercial Applicator Application Form DP-29 must be completed and submitted to the Arkansas Department of Agriculture, Plant Industries Division, Pesticide Section with the required fees and associated documents in order to be eligible for a license.  There are two options for obtaining and submitting an application form for the license:

Option 1 – By Mail

Go to Pesticide Section Forms Website, scroll down to “Application Forms and Associated Fees to be Submitted Per Mail:”, open and print the DP-29, DP-30, DP-44 (if applicable), and Power of Attorney (Out-of-State Companies Only).  Complete the DP-29 and associated documents, sign, date, and mail along with the appropriate fees (check or money order) to:

Arkansas Department of Agriculture
Plant Industries Division, Pesticide Section
#1 Natural Resources Drive
Little Rock, AR  72205.

Make check/money order payable to: 
Arkansas State Plant Board

Option 2 – Online:

Go to Pesticide Section Forms Website, scroll down to “Application Forms and Associated Fees to be Submitted Online” and follow the instructions on how to complete and submit the DP-29 (DP-44 will be on Page 2 if Insurance is selected for proof of financial responsibility), DP-30, and Power of Attorney (Out of State Companies Only, needs to be attached in PDF format to DP-29) along with the appropriate fees online.

Renewals:

The Arkansas Department of Agriculture, Plant Industries Division, Pesticide Section will mail or email a Renewal Firm Commercial Applicator Application Form DP-29 in October or November of each year to all currently licensed applicators.  There are two options for submitting an application form for the license renewal:

Option 1 – By Mail:

Make any corrections needed, complete any missing information, sign, date, and mail the DP-29, and associated documents (submitted to you with the renewal notice) along with the appropriate fees (check or money order) to:

Arkansas Department of Agriculture
Plant Industries Division, Pesticide Section
#1 Natural Resources Drive
Little Rock, AR  72205.

Make check/money order payable to: 
Arkansas State Plant Board

Option 2 – Online:

Go to Pesticide Section Forms Website, scroll down to “Application Forms and Associated Fees to be Submitted Online” and follow the instructions on how to complete and submit the DP-29 (DP-44 will be on Page 2 if Insurance is selected for proof of financial responsibility), DP-30, and Power of Attorney (Out of State Companies Only, needs to be attached in PDF format to DP-29) along with the appropriate fees online.

Please note an emailed application form cannot be accepted for the review process.

To ensure the application is processed in a timely manner be sure to provide ALL required information on the application form DP-29 and associated documents.  Incomplete applications will result in delays of the licensing process or a refund of the application fee.  A license will be issued and mailed or emailed to you, once the application review process is completed.  The equipment decal(s) issued to your Firm Commercial Applicator License will be mailed to you.

Important Information Regarding Licensing:

  • The license will expire December 31st of each year.
  • Proof of financial responsibility is required.
  • A Power of Attorney is required if company is located out of state.
  • From this point on the license number issued will be permanently assigned. The license information can be viewed at this link: License Search & Verification.

Custom Applicator Permit (2,4-D Application)

A Custom Applicator Permit is required for licensed Commercial Applicator Firms who apply any pesticides classified as “E” or “F” under the Arkansas Regulations on Pesticide Classification for hire.

Note: Each individual applicator (air or ground applicator) who applies pesticides classified as “E” or “F” under the Arkansas Regulations on Pesticide Classification must have taken and passed the Custom Applicator Exam.

Requirements:

  • One must obtain a Commercial Firm License before a Custom Applicator Permit can be issued.
  • Obtain and complete application Form DP-32 and submit with the appropriate fees.
  • A Custom Applicator Firm is required to have a certified and licensed Operator-In-Charge. This person must have passed the Custom Exam and be indicated on the application form DP-32.

For  Operator-In-Charge certification and licensing requirements of Individual Commercial Applicators click here.

  • An advance deposit of $250.00 is required with initial application process.  The deposit needs to be on a separate check or money order.

Application Equipment:  Each piece of application equipment must display a custom applicator decal before applying pesticides classified as “E” or “F” under the Arkansas Regulations on Pesticide Classification.

First Timers:

For a first timer a Custom Applicator Application Form DP-32 must be completed and submitted to the Arkansas Department of Agriculture, Plant Industries Division, Pesticide Section with the required fees and advance deposit in order to be eligible for a permit, currently there is only one option to obtain and submit an application form to apply for the license, which is by mail:

By Mail:

Go to Pesticide Section Forms Website, scroll down to “Application Forms and Associated Fees to be Submitted Per Mail:”, open and print the DP-32.  Complete the DP-32, sign, date, and mail along with the appropriate fees and $250.00 Custom Deposit (check or money order) to:

Arkansas Department of Agriculture
Plant Industries Division, Pesticide Section
#1 Natural Resources Drive
Little Rock, AR  72205.

Make check/money order payable to: 
Arkansas State Plant Board

Important:  The Custom Deposit needs to be submitted on a separate check or money order.  A Custom Permit cannot be issued without a Custom Deposit on file.

Renewals:

The Arkansas Department of Agriculture, Plant Industries Division, Pesticide Section will mail or email a Renewal Custom Applicator Application Form DP-32 in October or November of each year to all currently licensed applicators.  Currently there is only one option for submitting an application form for the permit renewal, which is by mail:

By Mail:

Make any corrections needed, complete any missing information, sign, date, and mail the DP-32 and associated documents (submitted to you with the renewal notice) along with the appropriate fees (check or money order) to:

Arkansas Department of Agriculture
Plant Industries Division, Pesticide Section
#1 Natural Resources Drive
Little Rock, AR  72205.

Make check/money order payable to: 
Arkansas State Plant Board

Please note an emailed application form cannot be accepted for the review process.

To ensure the application is processed in a timely manner be sure to provide ALL required information on the application form DP-32 and associated documents.  Incomplete applications will result in delays of the permit process or a refund of the application fee.  A permit will be issued and mailed or emailed to you, once the application review process is completed.  The equipment decal(s) issued to your Custom Applicator Permit will be mailed to you.

Important Information Regarding Licensing:

  • The permit will expire December 31st of each year.
  • From this point on the permit number issued will be permanently assigned. The license information can be viewed at this link: License Search & Verification.

Tree Injector Permit (2,4-D Application)

A Tree Injector Permit is required for licensed Commercial Applicator Firms who do tree injection work only and apply any pesticides classified as “E” or “F” under the Arkansas Regulations on Pesticide Classification for hire.

Note:  Each individual applicator who do tree injection work and apply pesticides classified as “E” or “F” under the Arkansas Regulations on Pesticide Classification must have taken and passed the Tree Injector Exam.

Requirements:

  • One must obtain a Commercial Firm License before a Tree Injector Permit can be issued.
  • Obtain and complete application form DP-35 and submit with the appropriate fees.
  • A Tree Injector Applicator Firm is required to have a certified and licensed Operator-In-Charge. This person must have passed the Tree Injector Exam and be indicated on the application form DP-35.

For Operator-In-Charge certification and licensing requirements of Individual Commercial Applicators click here.

  • An advanced deposit of $10.00 per tree injector, up to maximum of $250.00, is required with initial application process.  The deposit needs to be on a separate check or money order.

First Timers:

For a first timer a Tree Injector Application Form DP-35 must be completed and submitted to the Arkansas Department of Agriculture, Plant Industries Division, Pesticide Section with the required fees and advance deposit in order to be eligible for a permit.  Currently there is only one option for obtaining and submitting an application form for the permit, which is by mail:

By Mail:

Go to Pesticide Section Forms Website, scroll down to “Application Forms and Associated Fees to be Submitted Per Mail:”, open and print the DP-35.  Complete the DP-35, sign, date, and mail along with the appropriate fees and Tree Injector Deposit of $10.00 per tree injector, up to a max. of $250.00 (check or money order) to:

Arkansas Department of Agriculture
Plant Industries Division, Pesticide Section
#1 Natural Resources Drive
Little Rock, AR  72205.

Make check/money order payable to: 
Arkansas State Plant Board

Important:  The Tree Injector Deposit needs to be submitted on a separate check or money order.  A Tree Injector Permit cannot be issued without a Tree Injector Deposit on file.

Renewals:

The Arkansas Department of Agriculture, Plant Industries Division, Pesticide Section will mail or email a Renewal Custom Applicator Application Form DP-35 in October or November of each year to all currently licensed applicators.  Currently there is only one option for submitting an application form for the permit renewal, which is by mail:

By Mail:

Make any corrections needed, complete any missing information, sign, date, and mail the DP-35 and associated documents (submitted to you with the renewal notice) along with the appropriate fees (check or money order) to:

Arkansas Department of Agriculture
Plant Industries Division, Pesticide Section
#1 Natural Resources Drive
Little Rock, AR  72205.

Make check/money order payable to: 
Arkansas State Plant Board

Please note an emailed application form cannot be accepted for the review process.

To ensure the application is processed in a timely manner be sure to provide ALL required information on the application form DP-35 and associated documents.  Incomplete applications will result in delays of the permit process or a refund of the application fee.  A permit will be issued and mailed or emailed to you, once the application review process is completed.  The equipment decal(s) issued to your Tree Injector Permit will be mailed to you.

Important Information Regarding Licensing:

  • The permit will expire December 31st of each year.
  • From this point on the permit number issued will be permanently assigned. The license information can be viewed at this link: License Search & Verification.


Custom Study Kit for 2,4-D Use
Also, refer to the Regulation Books at this link to complete the Custom Study Kit:
Laws & Regulations - Arkansas Department of Agriculture

If you have any questions or need immediate assistance, please contact the Pesticide Section at (501) 225-1598.

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