CNMI Agency History Chart
Last Update: Janurary 04, 2017
Note: This information is intended as an aid to researchers. It is based upon information available to the Law Revision Commission. As the Governor is authorized to reorganize executive agencies via executive order, and not all executive orders are published in the Commonwealth Register, the Commission cannot guarantee that the information contained below is complete or accurate. 
Agency Date Action Form of Agency Authority
Accountancy, Board of 05/20/03 Established Independent Board PL 13-52 (4 CMC 3402)
Alcohol & Tobacco Control 03/26/99 Division, Dep't of Commerce Division PL 11-75 (4 CMC 50131)
Alcoholic Beverage Control 05/23/63 Established Independent Board DL 1-6
Alcoholic Beverage Control 08/23/94 Eliminated, functions transferred to Dep't of Commerce n/a EO 94-3
Amateur Sports Association 10/02/85 Established Public Corporation PL 4-66 (1 CMC 9503)
Amateur Sports Association 08/23/94 Office, Division of Sports & Recreation Office EO 94-3
Amateur Sports Association 05/07/14 Eliminated, functions transferred to Sports Association (non-gov't corporation) n/a PL 18-49
Animal Health & Industry 08/29/85 Established, Dep't of Natural Resources Office PL 4-55 (2 CMC 5323)
Apprenticeship Program 04/10/06 Established, Northern Marianas College Office PL 15-5 (3 CMC 1351)
Attorney General 08/10/78 Established Department PL 1-8 (1 CMC 2151)
Banking 02/06/84 Division, Dep't of Commerce & Labor Division PL 3-104 (4 CMC 6101)
Board of Education 01/19/83 Established Independent Board PL 3-43 (1 CMC 2261)
Board of Parole 08/10/78 Established Independent Board PL 1-8 (6 CMC 4201)
Board of Parole 08/23/94 Division, Office of the Special Assistant for Administration Division EO 94-3
Board of Parole 04/08/98 Restored to independence Independent Board PL 11-8
Boating Safety 10/13/82 Established, Dep't of Public Safety Division PL 3-25 (3 CMC 5401)
Building Safety 02/02/90 Established, Dep't of Public Works Division PL 6-45 (2 CMC 7121)
Business License Application Task Force 11/30/01 Established Council PL 12-76 (4 CMC 5661)
Business Licensing 06/01/82 Division, Dep't of Commerce & Labor Division PL 3-11 (4 CMC 1503)
Business Licensing 03/19/99 Eliminated, functions transferred to Division of Revenue & Taxation n/a PL 11-73 (4 CMC 5611)
Carolinian Affairs 01/09/78 Established Office NMI Const. art. III, sec. 18
Carolinian Affairs 08/23/94 Office, Dep't of Community & Cultural Affairs Office EO 94-3
Casino Regulatory Commission 03/21/14 Established Commission PL 18-38 (4 CMC 2313)
Central Statistics Division 08/09/91 Established, Dep't of Commerce & Labor Division PL 7-35 (1 CMC 2482)
Chamorro-Carolinian Language Policy Commission 10/13/82 Established, Dep't of Community & Cultural Affairs Commission PL 3-26 (3 CMC 1202)
Civil Defense 02/04/80 Established, Dep't of Public Safety Office PL 1-44 (1 CMC 2531)
Civil Defense 08/23/94 Merged into Division of Emergency Operations n/a EO 94-3
Civil Detention 08/20/04 Division, Dep't of Corrections Division PL 14-25 (1 CMC 2871)
Civil Service Commission 10/06/78 Established Independent Commission PL 1-9
Civil Service Commission 11/03/85 Re-established Independent Commission NMI Const. art. XX
Coastal Advisory Council 02/11/83 Established Council PL 3-47
Coastal Advisory Council 08/23/94 Eliminated, functions transferred to Development Advisory Council n/a EO 94-3
Coastal Resources 02/01/80 Established Unincorporated EO 15
Coastal Resources 02/11/83 Functions allocated to Governor Office PL 3-47
Coastal Resources 08/23/94 Division, Dep't of Lands & Natural Resources Division EO 94-3
Coastal Resources 12/21/99 Functions allocated to Governor Division PL 11-109
Coastal Resources 11/28/13 Division, Bureau of Environmental & Coastal Quality Division EO 2013-24
Commerce 08/10/78 Established (as Dep't of Commerce & Labor) Department PL 1-8
Commerce 08/23/94 Renamed to Dep't of Commerce Department EO 94-3
Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation 01/15/10 Established Public Corporation PL 16-51 (3 CMC 2801)
Commonwealth Utilities Corporation 10/01/85 Established Public Corporation PL 4-47 (4 CMC 8111)
Commonwealth Utilities Corporation 08/23/94 Division, Dep't of Public Works Public Corporation EO 94-3
Commonwealth Utilities Corporation 01/27/06 Eliminated, functions transferred to Dep't of Public Works n/a EO 2006-1
Commonwealth Utilities Corporation 05/05/06 Established Public Corporation EO 2006-4
Commonwealth Utilities Corporation 10/24/06 Regulatory oversight transferred to Public Utilities Commission Independent Commission PL 15-35 (4 CMC 8401)
Community & Culture 08/10/78 Established Department PL 1-8 (1 CMC 2351)
Conservation Districts 05/01/85 Established, section of Dep't of Natural Resources Division PL 4-44 (2 CMC 3211)
Consumer Counsel 02/02/90 Office, Atty Gen'l Office PL 6-46 (4 CMC 5103)
Corrections 08/10/78 Division, Dep't of Public Safety Division PL 1-8
Corrections 08/20/04 Established as independent department Department PL 14-25 (1 CMC 2851)
Corrections (Div) 08/20/04 Division, Dep't of Corrections Division PL 14-25 (1 CMC 2881)
Credit Union 09/18/95 Established Independent Credit Union PL 9-52 (4 CMC 6921)
Customs Service 04/15/92 Division, Dep't of Finance Division 14 CR 9199
Development Advisory Council 08/23/94 Established Independent Council EO 94-3
Development Agency 03/24/76 Established (as Commonwealth Economic Development Loan Fund) Independent Fund Covenant, 702(c)
Development Agency 05/31/85 Renamed to Commonwealth Development Authority Independent Agency PL 4-49 (4 CMC 10101)
Development Appeals Board 08/23/94 Established Independent Board EO 94-3
Development Appeals Board 11/20/98 Eliminated n/a PL 11-47
Developmental Disabilities 08/23/94 Established, Dep't of Public Health Council EO 94-3
Developmental Disabilities 08/03/00 Council, Office of the Governor Council PL 12-10 (1 CMC 2097)
Disaster Control 10/09/79 Established, Dep't of Public Safety Office PL 1-40 (1 CMC 2521)
Disaster Control 08/23/94 Merged into Division of Emergency Operations n/a EO 94-3
Drugs & Substance Abuse 08/23/94 Established, Office of the Governor Office EO 94-3
Education 08/10/78 Established Department PL 1-8
Education 10/25/88 Eliminated, replaced by Public School System n/a PL 6-10 (1 CMC 2251)
Election Commission 09/06/77 Established (as Board of Elections) Independent Board DL 5-19
Election Commission 09/14/00 Renamed to Commonwealth Election Commission Independent Commission PL 12-18 (1 CMC 6001)
Emergency Operations 08/23/94 Established, Office of the Governor Division EO 94-3
Environmental & Coastal Quality 11/28/13 Established Independent Bureau EO 2013-24
Environmental Quality 10/08/82 Division, Dep't of Public Health & Environmental Services Division PL 3-23 (1 CMC 2646)
Environmental Quality 08/23/94 Division, Dep't of Public Works Division EO 94-3
Environmental Quality 12/03/99 Division, Office of the Governor Division PL 11-108 (1 CMC 2650)
Environmental Quality 11/28/13 Division, Bureau of Environmental & Coastal Quality Division EO 2013-24
Family Violence Task Force 09/20/00 Established Committee PL 12-19 (8 CMC 1941)
Film, Video & Media 11/14/02 Office, Marianas Visitors Authority Office PL 13-29 (4 CMC 2151)
Finance 08/10/78 Established Department PL 1-8 (1 CMC 2551)
Fire 08/10/78 Division, Dep't of Public Safety Division PL 1-8 (1 CMC 2501)
Fire & Emergency Medical Services 01/25/15 Established Department PL 18-73 (1 CMC 28001)
Fish & Wildlife 10/19/81 Division, Dep't of Natural Resources Division PL 2-51 (1 CMC 2661)
Floodplain Management 11/13/92 Established, Dep't of Public Works Office PL 8-7 (2 CMC 7161)
Foreign Investment Assistance 05/19/05 Established, Dep't of Commerce Office PL 14-67 (1 CMC 2495)
Foreign Investment Review 02/28/97 Established Committee PL 10-44 (4 CMC 5911)
Free Trade Zone Authority 09/22/00 Established Public Corporation PL 12-20 (4 CMC 51120)
Government Life & Health Insurance 08/23/94 Office, Dep't of Finance Office EO 94-3
Government Life & Health Insurance 06/21/96 Office, Retirement Fund Office PL 10-19 (1 CMC 8421)
Governor-Elect 03/31/83 Established Office PL 3-53 (1 CMC 6902)
Grants Management 12/14/09 Established, Office of the Governor Office PL 16-48 (1 CMC 2891)
Guam Office 01/07/84 Established, Office of the Governor Office PL 3-92 (1 CMC 2091)
Hall of Fame 02/11/83 Established Independent Commission PL 3-46 (1 CMC 412)
Hall of Fame 08/23/94 Eliminated, functions transferred to Dep't of Community & Cultural Affairs n/a EO 94-3
Hawaii Office 09/12/79 Established, Office of the Representative Office PL 1-38 (1 CMC 2091)
Hawaii Office 01/07/84 Established, Office of the Governor Office PL 3-92 (1 CMC 2091)
Health & Vital Statistics 03/14/07 Established, Dep't of Public Health Office PL 15-50 (1 CMC 26001)
Health Care Professions Licensing Board 11/07/07 Established, successor to to Medical Profession Licensing Board Board PL 15-105 (3 CMC 2201)
Health Coordinating Council 02/24/83 Established, Office of the Governor Council PL 3-49 (1 CMC 2075)
Health Planning & Development 02/24/83 Agency, Office of the Governor Independent Agency PL 3-49 (1 CMC 2071)
Health Planning & Development 08/23/94 Agency, Dep't of Public Health Agency EO 94-3
Historic Preservation 01/03/83 Established, Dep't of Community & Cultural Affairs Office PL 3-39 (1 CMC 2381)
Historic Preservation Review 01/03/83 Established Independent Board PL 3-39 (1 CMC 2381)
Historic Preservation Review 08/23/94 Eliminated, functions transferred to Dep't of Community & Cultural Affairs n/a EO 94-3
Historic Preservation Review 10/03/97 Reestablished Independent Board PL 10-71 (2 CMC 4821)
Homeland Security 04/25/05 Established, Office of the Governor Office PL 14-63 (1 CMC 20141)
Homeland Security Advisory Committee 04/25/05 Established, Office of Homeland Security Office PL 14-63 (1 CMC 20145)
Immigration 08/10/78 Division, Atty Gen'l Division PL 1-8
Immigration 08/23/94 Division, Dep't of Labor & Immigration Division EO 94-3
Immigration 05/09/03 Division, Atty Gen'l Division EO 03-1
Immigration 03/22/10 Eliminated n/a PL 17-1
Indigenous Affairs 11/03/85 Established, Office of the Governor Office NMI Const. art. III, sec. 23
Indigenous Affairs 08/23/94 Office, Dep't of Community & Cultural Affairs Office EO 94-3
Insurance Commissioner 02/24/84 Division, Dep't of Commerce & Labor Division PL 3-107 (4 CMC 7104)
Interagency Audit Coordinating Advisory Group 01/04/84 Established Independent Group PL 3-91 (1 CMC 2307)
Intergovernmental Relations 01/29/88 Established, Office of the Attorney General Division PL 6-7 (1 CMC 2154)
Labor 08/10/78 Division, Dep't of Commerce & Labor Division PL 1-8 (1 CMC 2471)
Labor 08/23/94 Established (as Department of Labor & Immigration) Department EO 94-3
Labor 05/09/03 Renamed to Dep't of Labor Department EO 2003-1
Land Registration 10/01/83 Established (as Land Commission) Independent Agency PL 3-79 (2 CMC 4211)
Land Registration 06/23/95 Eliminated, functions transferred to Division of Land Registration & Survey n/a DLNR memo
Land Registration  08/23/94 Division, Dep't of Lands & Natural Resources Division EO 94-3
Lands & Natural Resources 08/10/78 Established (as Department of Natural Resources) Department PL 1-8 (1 CMC 2651)
Lands & Natural Resources 08/23/94 Renamed to Dep't of Lands & Natural Resources Department EO 94-3
Lands & Surveys 08/10/78 Division, Dep't of Lands & Natural Resources Division PL 1-8
Lands & Surveys 06/23/95 Eliminated, functions transferred to Division of Land Registration & Survey n/a DLNR memo
Law Revision 01/15/81 Established Independent Commission PL 2-11
Law Revision 07/19/93 Transferred to judicial branch Independent Commission PL 8-22 (1 CMC 3801)
Library Council 01/29/91 Established Council PL 7-18 (3 CMC 1503)
Lottery 06/03/83 Established Independent Commission PL 3-60 (1 CMC 9301)
Lottery 08/23/94 Eliminated, functions transferred to Dep't of Finance n/a EO 94-3
Lottery 10/07/13 Established Independent Commission PL 18-20 (1 CMC 9301)
Management & Budget 08/23/94 Established Office EO 94-3
Mariana Islands Housing Authority 01/07/78 Established Public Corporation DL 5-67 (2 CMC 4411)
Mariana Islands Housing Authority 08/23/94 Eliminated, functions transferred to Northern Marianas Housing Corporation n/a EO 94-3
Marianas Public Land Corporation 01/09/78 Established Public Corporation NMI Const. art. XI
Marianas Public Land Corporation 12/05/00 Eliminated, functions transferred to Marianas Public Lands Authority n/a PL 12-33
Marianas Public Lands Authority 12/05/00 Established Independent Agency PL 12-33
Marianas Public Lands Authority 02/22/06 Eliminated, functions transferred to Dep't of Public Lands n/a PL 15-2
Marianas Visitors Authority 06/17/98 Established Independent Agency PL 11-15 (4 CMC 2101)
Marianas Visitors Bureau 02/11/76 Established Independent Bureau
Marianas Visitors Bureau 08/23/94 Bureau, Dep't of Commerce Bureau EO 94-3
Marianas Visitors Bureau 06/17/98 Eliminated, functions transferred to Marianas Visitors Authority n/a PL 11-15
Marine Conservation Section 08/08/00 Established, Coastal Resources Management Section PL 12-12 (2 CMC 1633)
Marshals Service 05/09/11 Established, judicial branch Division PL 17-41 (1 CMC 3901)
Medical Examiner 08/10/78 Office, Dep't of Public Health & Environmental Services Office PL 1-8 (1 CMC 2631)
Medical Profession Licensing Board 11/30/82 Established, Dep't of Public Health & Environmental Services Board PL 3-30 (1 CMC 2641)
Medical Profession Licensing Board 11/07/07 Eliminated, functions transferred to Health Care Professions Licensing Board Board PL 15-105 (3 CMC 2201)
Medical Referral Office 07/15/96 Office, Dep't of Public Health Office 18 CR 14218
Medical Referral Office 05/02/13 Office, Office of the Governor Office EO 2013-9
Military Liaison & Veteran Affairs 01/05/95 Division, Dep't of Community & Cultural Affairs (as Division of Veterans Affairs) Division PL 9-16 (1 CMC 2391)
Military Liaison & Veteran Affairs 12/05/02 Division, Office of the Governor, renamed to Military Liaison & Veteran Affairs Division PL 13-34 (1 CMC 20122)
Mitigation Bank 01/09/98 Established, Dep't of Lands & Natural Resources Office PL 10-84 (2 CMC 3602)
Motor Vehicles 06/16/83 Established, Dep't of Public Safety Bureau PL 3-61 (9 CMC 1201)
Museum 03/13/96 Established Public Corporation PL 10-5 (2 CMC 4871)
NMD Registry 04/21/11 Registry, Commonwealth Election Commission Unincorporated PL 17-40 (1 CMC 6105)
Northern Mariana Islands Board of Nursing 03/31/05 Established (as Commonwealth Board of Nurse Examiners), Dep't of Public Health Board PL 14-62 (3 CMC 2305)
Northern Mariana Islands Board of Nursing 10/18/13 Renamed to Northern Mariana Islands Board of Nursing Board PL 18-25 (3 CMC 2305)
Northern Marianas College 08/23/76 Established (as Northern Marianas Community College), Dep't of Education Agency Executive Proclamation
Northern Marianas College 03/12/81 Reestablished, Dep't of Education Agency EO 25
Northern Marianas College 01/19/83 Reestablished, Board of Education Agency PL 3-43 (1 CMC 2281)
Northern Marianas College 03/28/85 Established as independed public corporation Public Corporation PL 4-34 (3 CMC 1301)
Northern Marianas Housing Corporation 08/23/94 Established as subsidiary of Commonwealth Development Authority Public Corporation EO 94-3
Nurse Examiners, Board of 11/26/82 Established, Dep't of Public Health & Environmental Services Board PL 3-29 (1 CMC 2643)
Nurse Examiners, Board of 03/31/05 Eliminated, functions transferred to Commonwealth Board of Nurse Examiners n/a PL 14-62
Parks & Recreation 10/08/99 Renamed to Division of Parks & Recreation Division PL 11-106 (1 CMC 2701)
Parks & Recreation 08/10/78 Division, Dep't of Natural Resources (as Division of Parks & Grounds) Division PL 1-8
Personnel Management 08/23/94 Established Independent Office EO 94-3
Personnel Management 06/18/01 Eliminated, functions transferred to Personnel Office n/a PL 12-54
Personnel Management 02/13/02 Established Independent Office PL 13-1
Personnel Office 08/11/78 Office, Civil Service Commission Office PL 1-9 (1 CMC 8101)
Personnel Office 08/23/94 Eliminated, functions transferred to Office of Personnel Management n/a EO 94-3
Personnel Office 06/18/01 Office, Civil Service Commission Office PL 12-54
Personnel Office 02/13/02 Eliminated, functions transferred to Office of Personnel Management n/a PL 13-1
Planning Office 08/23/94 Established, Office of the Governor Office EO 94-3
Ports Authority 01/01/75 Established (as Mariana Islands Airport Authority) Independent Agency Micronesia PL 6-58
Ports Authority 10/08/81 Renamed to Commonwealth Ports Authority Independent Agency PL 2-48 (2 CMC 2101)
Ports Authority 08/23/94 Division, Dep't of Public Works Division EO 94-3
Ports Authority 12/21/99 Restored to independence Independent Agency PL 11-109
Ports Authority 05/12/08 Emergency allocation to Governor Unincorporated EO 2008-3
Ports Authority 09/03/08 Restored to independence Independent Agency EO 2008-7
Pre-trial Detention 08/20/04 Division, Dep't of Corrections Division PL 14-25 (1 CMC 2861)
Procurement & Supply 08/10/78 Division, Dep't of Finance Division PL 1-8 (1 CMC 2551)
Professional Licensing 08/10/78 Established Independent Board PL 1-8 (4 CMC 3101)
Professional Licensing 08/23/94 Division, Dep't of Public Works Division EO 94-3
Professional Licensing 09/21/99 Restored to independence Independent Board PL 11-99 (4 CMC 3101)
Public Auditor 08/10/78 Established Independent Office PL 1-8 (1 CMC 2301)
Public Defender 08/10/78 Established Independent Office PL 1-8 (1 CMC 2201)
Public Health 08/10/78 Established (as Dep't of Public Health & Environmental Services) Department PL 1-8 (1 CMC 2601)
Public Health 08/23/94 Renamed to Dep't of Public Health Department EO 94-3
Public Health 01/15/10 Eliminated, functions transferred to Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation n/a PL 16-51
Public Lands 05/27/97 Division, Dep't of Lands & Natural Resources Division PL 10-57 (1 CMC 2671)
Public Lands 12/05/00 Department Department PL 12-33 (1 CMC 2801)
Public Liaison 08/23/94 Established, Office of the Governor Office EO 94-3
Public Safety 08/10/78 Established Department PL 1-8 (1 CMC 2501)
Public School System 10/25/88 Established Public Corporation PL 6-10 (1 CMC 2251)
Public Utilities Commission 02/23/01 Established Agency PL 12-39 (4 CMC 8403)
Public Works 08/10/78 Established Department PL 1-8 (1 CMC 2401)
Registrar of Corporations 08/10/78 Division, Atty Gen'l Division 37 TTC 51
Registrar of Corporations 11/13/97 Division, Dep't of Commerce Division EO 97-03
Respite Services 10/13/04 Established, Council on Developmental Disabilities Program PL 14-36 (3 CMC 2432)
Retirement Fund 01/18/80 Established Public Corporation PL 1-43 (1 CMC 8301)
Revenue & Taxation 08/10/78 Division, Dep't of Finance Division PL 1-8 (1 CMC 2571)
Scholarship Advisory Board 03/28/85 Allocated to NMC Board of Regents Unincorporated PL 4-34 (3 CMC 1316)
Scholarship Advisory Board 08/23/94 Board, Office of the Governor Board EO 94-3
Scholarship Advisory Board 03/21/14 Eliminated, functions transferred to Scholarship Board n/a PL 18-40
Scholarship Board 03/21/14 Established Independent Board PL 18-40 (3 CMC 10102)
Sports & Recreation 08/23/94 Established, Dep't of Community & Cultural Affairs Division EO 94-3
Support Disbursement Unit 10/12/04 Unit, Office of the Treasury Unit PL 14-34 (8 CMC 1572)
Taxicabs 07/31/91 Bureau, Dep't of Finance Bureau PL 7-33
Taxicabs 08/23/94 Eliminated, functions transferred to Dep't of Commerce n/a EO 94-3
Telecommunications 10/01/85 Functions allocated to Commonwealth Utilities Corp Unincorporated PL 4-47 (4 CMC 8121)
Telecommunications 02/23/01 Established as Commonwealth Telecommunications Commission Independent Commission PL 12-39 (4 CMC 8401)
Terrorism Task Force 04/25/05 Established, Office of Homeland Security Office PL 14-63 (1 CMC 20145)
Tobacco Prevention & Advisory Control 12/13/02 Established Independent Board PL 13-37 (3 CMC 2175)
Transit Authority 05/27/11 Established, Office of the Governor Office PL 17-43 (1 CMC 20161)
Treasury 08/10/78 Established, Dep't of Finance Office PL 1-8 (1 CMC 2561)
Victim Witness Advocacy 01/06/98 Established (as Office of Victims' Rights), Criminal Justice Planning Agency Office PL 10-81
Victim Witness Advocacy 01/29/10 Unit, Office of the Attorney General Unit PL 16-52 (6 CMC 9102)
Victim's Advocate 09/20/00 Office, Office of the Attorney General Office PL 12-19 (8 CMC 1923)
Vocational Rehab 08/10/78 Established, Dep't of Public Health & Environmental Services Office PL 1-8 (1 CMC 2603)
Vocational Rehab 07/29/05 Office, Office of the Governor Office PL 14-81 (1 CMC 20151)
Weights & Measures 01/01/78 Functions allocated to Governor Unincorporated DL 5-20 (4 CMC 5421)
Weights & Measures 08/23/94 Functions allocated to Dep't of Commerce Unincorporated EO 94-3
Women's Affairs 11/03/85 Established, Office of the Governor Office NMI Const. art. III, sec. 22
Women's Affairs 08/23/94 Office, Dep't of Community & Cultural Affairs Office EO 94-3
Worker's Comp 10/25/89 Commission, Retirement Fund Commission PL 6-33 (4 CMC 9351)
Worker's Comp 11/09/12 Commission, Dep't of Commerce Commission PL 17-88 (4 CMC 9351)
Youth Affairs (council) 10/19/01 Established, Office of the Governor Office PL 12-67 (1 CMC 20102)
Youth Services 07/28/81 Division, Dep't of Community & Cultural Affairs Division PL 2-19 (1 CMC 2371)
Youth Services 08/23/94 Established, Office of the Governor Office EO 94-3
Youth Services 11/20/98 Eliminated n/a PL 11-47
Zoning Board 06/27/89 Board, Dep't of Natural Resources Board PL 6-32 (2 CMC 7201)
Zoning Board 04/29/93 Board, Coastal Resources Management (but validity in question) Board SLL 8-7 (10 CMC 3511)