When residents aren't busy walking in a winter wonderland, they can easily find themselves wading through stacks of paper. Minnesota's intense regulations make it so entrepreneurs not only need a lot of licenses, but must apply via lengthy and intricate processes. Of course, the clean air and friendly communities make it a pleasurable place to do business.
In Minnesota, smog or emission check facilities are common in states with tight air pollution controls. States like California and New York allow facilities that are not auto repair businesses to perform emission tests and issue official reports required for vehicle licensing and renewal. Emissions testing shops must hold special state licenses and in some cases, licensing agreements to operate their computer systems.