Do You Need a Pesticide License?

— Written By Bryan Hartman and last updated by
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Have you ever wondered if you need a pesticide license? We all have gone to our local hardware or garden center to buy a pesticide of some sort, maybe it was to control ants, grubs in the yard, or some pesky weeds. Most products found on shelves are non-restricted pesticide products, meaning anyone can purchase them without any special requirements. 

There are numerous people in the area that maintain lawns for a fee. Maybe you own a farm or grow agricultural crops. Most of the time, the labor includes just mowing and trimming the lawn spray a fence line. Occasionally, some type of weed or insect control is necessary which may require some type of pesticide application. Before you apply that pesticide, make sure you are complying with the North Carolina pesticide laws.

Person spraying pesticide

The flowchart below is to help you determine if a pesticide license or certificate is needed. In addition, there are multiple subcategories that you can be licensed in North Carolina. Therefore it is important to understand each license coverage and how the type of work you do impacts the type of license you need. Use the charts below, this will help you decide what pesticide licenses you might require.

License or Certificate flowchartLicense or Certificate flowchart page 2

If you are interested in obtaining a commercial or private pesticide applicators license, contact Bryan Hartman, Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent at