The Department of Commerce is responsible for seeing that Minnesota's laws to protect consumer interests and ensure uniform, fair rules in business are observed in the industries of banking, energy, insurance, real estate, securities, and telecommunications. The responsibilities of each division within the department vary depending on the structure of that division's industry and its requirements. Some divisions focus on licensing or analyzing insurance policies, while others advocate on behalf of the public interest.
The Department also operates Minnesota's Unclaimed Property program and administers the state Petrofund as well as Minnesota Relay, which provides deaf, hard-of-hearing and speech-impaired citizens access to telecommunications services. (From: Commerce website 3/13/08)