Door-to-Door Solicitations

posted Mar 2, 2011, 9:04 PM by Ronnie V   [ updated Jul 14, 2012, 10:19 AM ]
So, someone’s knocking at your door claiming to be soliciting donations for charity 
or selling subscriptions on behalf of some organization. Are they legitimate? 

It’s unlawful in the City of Minneapolis for any person firm, society, organization, agency or 
corporation to solicit for donations of money, merchandise or any other thing of value by 
any means whatsoever for charitable or nonprofit organizations without first having obtained 
a permit so to do from the city council. Said permit shall not authorize solicitations for more than one year. 

The City of Minneapolis also requires identification cards to be prominently displayed on the person. 
The identification card must include: Name of the permittee, the permit number, the permittee's address, 
a telephone number at which information about the permittee and its charitable purpose can be obtained 
at least during the normal business hours, the expiration date of the permit, and the solicitor's name. 
Violators of this paragraph may be tagged by police officers and duly appointed inspectors of the 
department of licenses and consumer services. 

Call 9-1-1 regarding any person canvassing your neighborhood soliciting donations who is not able to 
produce a permit or proper identification. 
Click here to read more about the statute.