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Michigan Real Estate Licensing Requirements

Instructor: Tara Schofield

Tara has a PhD in Marketing & Management

If you are ready to jump into the amazing world of real estate sales and need to know how to get your license in Michigan, follow these steps to get licensed and be ready to go.

Real Estate Licensing Requirements in Michigan

Great news! You made the decision to get your real estate license. But you're not sure where to start. Let's break it down and determine what you need to get your license in Michigan.

Activities Requiring a License and Exemptions

In Michigan, if you are going to represent or assist another person in selling or buying a house, you must have a real estate license. In order to list a house, negotiate an offer, and complete the paperwork, a real estate license is needed. You do not need a license if you are purchasing or selling your own home - only if you are aiding another person. Additionally, you cannot collect a real estate commission without having a license.

There are also activities that require a broker or associate broker license. The biggest difference between an agent license and a broker license is that the latter grants the ability to work independently or to manage other agents. An associate broker is a real estate agent who is in the process of obtaining a broker's license. Additional education is needed, as well as three years' experience as a real estate professional (agent, licensed builder, condominium developer, etc.), passing scores on a broker exam, and additional fees.

Eligibility for Licensing

If you've determined you do want to help others with real estate transactions, you need to understand how to get your license. In Michigan, there are a few requirements for getting a license:

  • Be 18 or older.
  • Complete a 40-hour authorized real estate fundamentals course.
  • Complete and submit the Michigan real estate salesperson license application.
  • Wait for the State of Michigan to email you and let you know if you are approved to take the real estate test.
  • Complete the Real Estate Sales Person Licensing Exam at a PSI testing location.
  • Get an employing broker sponsor to hold your license.

There are numerous online and in-person courses available that will fulfill your education requirements. You can also contact the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to find an approved course provider.

License Renewal

Renewing your license in Michigan is a very simple, straight-forward process. You must complete 18 hours of real estate continuing education every three years. To complete this requirement, you need to take six hours of approved classes each year. Two of those yearly hours must be in legal updates. You will need to renew your license with the Michigan Bureau of Professional Licensing every three years.

If your license has expired, you will need to take additional steps and pay the appropriate fees to renew your license. If your license has been expired for less than three years, you will need to pay a processing fee, a late fee, and a per-year licensing fee, plus any other costs. If it has been expired for more than three years, you will likely need to take more classes and retake the exam. There will also be additional fees.

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