Motor Vehicle Repair

A Motor Vehicle Repair license is required of any person or company that repairs, overhauls, dismantles or does any mechanical or body work to motor vehicles.

Unless a person is making repairs on his/her own vehicle on his/her home premise, such repairs may not be made in a residential garage, home or in the yard on any premise in the City within an R-1, R-2, or R-3 residence district, regardless of if the work done is free of charge or for compensation.

Code Requirements

Guidance relating to Motor Vehicle Repair is contained in the Maplewood City Code, Chapter 14, Article XI. All license holders are required to be familiar with the provisions of this Chapter and with applicable Minnesota Statutes and federal regulations. 

Car on a lift in a repair shop

Apply for a License

Application for a Motor Vehicle Repair license has been transitioned to an online licensing system (Accela) and is available for access via the Citizen Access portal

The following document(s) may be required to be submitted with this application:

  1. Permit to Self-Insure (if applicant is self-insured for workers' compensation)

Guide to Using the Citizen Access Portal

Please use the reference guides below to assist you in registering for an account and applying for a license. If you need additional assistance please contact us at 651-249-2005. 

Expiration / Renewal

License term runs August 1 through July 31, annually. Renewal must occur on or before date of expiration.


All license fees can be found on the city's fee schedule.