Michigan Builders and M&A Contractors License Renewal FAQ

  1. Complete an approved 60-Hour Prelicense Course for builders.
    NOTE: Our 60-Hour builders license Program covers both parts of the exam thoroughly and provides hundreds of sample questions as close to the real test as it gets. Our Michigan builders license course will provide you with the tools you need to pass the Michigan builders license exam.
  2. Send your license application, Certificates of Completion and $195 fee to the State of Michigan for approval. This usually takes 2-4 weeks.
  3. Register with PSI for the State Exam ($117) and pass it on your first try (Free exam prep courses are part of our packages). To schedule your Michigan Builders testing date:
    Call PSI at (800) 733-9267, 24 hours a day and schedule using the Automated Registration System or speak with a representative between 7:30 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. ET.
    You will be told immediately after passing the exam if you passed.  PSI will notify the State of Michigan Licensing Division and they will send you your license and identification card.
    Builders license exams are given at the following locations:
    • Dearborn
    • Gaylord
    • Grand Rapids
    • Lansing (Holt)
    • Marquette
    • Southfield

IMPORTANT: The State of Michigan has NEW license renewal requirements. (View the Bureau of Professional Licensing Divisions letter HERE) You are required to renew your license every 3 years. You may need to check your license for your specific renewal date. For most licensees, next renewal deadline is May 31, 2020.

You must renew your license(s) by using LARA’s online renewal system with a debit or credit card containing a MasterCard, Visa, or Discover logo or by electronic check (e-check). Do not send cash, check or money order. Payments received by mail or in person will no longer be accepted and will be returned without the renewal being processed. View full copy of the new Michigan renewal procedure HERE

When you have completed your required continuing education course(s) you will be provided a certificate of completion. This certificate may be given to you by an instructor at the end of your classroom session, or you may print your certificate when you complete your online course(s). In the past, the state would audit 17% of the builders in Michigan.  If you are audited, you will then need to send a copy of the certificate to the state.


Licensees who miss the late renewal period and allow their license to lapse may apply for relicensure.

If your license has been expired less than 60 days you can renew by paying an additional $20 late fee.

Requirements for a license lapsed from 61 days to 3 years include:

  • filing of the appropriate relicensure application and fees
  • be of good moral character

Requirements for a license lapsed for more than 3 years include:

  • completion of 60 hours of approved prelicensure education courses
  •  filing of the appropriate relicensure application and fees
  • be of good moral character
  • pass the current license examination

You may find the applications for relicensure in the “Licensing Forms and Applications” section of this website or contact the Licensing Division at 517-373-8068 to request an application to be mailed to you.

Michigan Real Estate License Renewal FAQ

  1. Meet the Michigan prelicensure requirements:
    • For a Salesperson:
      - Complete an approved 40 hour Michigan Real Estate Fundamentals Course.
    • For a Broker:
      - Complete 90 hours of approved real estate coursework within 36 months of application, unless licensed continuously.
      - Have at least 3 years’ full-time experience as a real estate salesperson, or equivalent experience (Rule 205).
      Note: broker requirements differ if you are a practicing lawyer or hold a masters/bachelors degree. See details below.
  2. Submit your real estate license application. Go to to apply for a license. Upon accessing iCOLA, you will be asked to create an account, pay your license fee, and submit your license application electronically.
    •  Salespersons:  You do not need to have a broker at the time you submit the license application. If you list your employing broker’s 10-digit number when applying, please inform your employer that you have submitted your license application. Your employing broker should then access his or her iCOLA account and confirm sponsorship.  Broker information may be supplied to the State of Michigan at a later time using the Employee Broker Notification Form. Your license application will remain in a “Pending” Status in our system until broker sponsorship is confirmed, or for one year from the date of your application.
  3. Register with PSI for your exam. The cost for the Salesperson or the Broker exam is $76 and the tests are timed (180 minutes).
    To schedule your exam date, call PSI at 1-800-733-9267. Use the 24/7 Automated Registration System or speak with a representative between 7:30 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. ET.  Michigan Real Estate Salesperson Exams  are given at the following locations:
    • Gaylord
    • Grand Rapids
    • Holt
    • Marquette
    • Southfield
  1. You will be informed immediately after the exam whether you passed or not. PSI will import your exam data into your iCOLA record within 48 hours of successful completion of the exam.

    -Salespersons:  Once your exam score is received by the Department and your broker is confirmed, the State-issued paper wall license and a pocket card will be mailed to your employing broker’s main office.

  1. We will submit your course completion to the CE Marketplace.
  2. You can renew your license online by paying the appropriate renewal fee
    • Salespeople - $78
    • Brokers - $108
  • Salespeople - $78
  • Brokers - $108

You have a 60-day grace period to renew your license by paying a $20 late fee in addition to the renewal fee.

Michigan salespeople and brokers must complete reinstatement forms in order to renew their licensing. You will have to complete a salesperson reinstatement form or a broker reinstatement form in order to renew.

  • If your license is expired between 60 days & 3 years
    Pay an application processing fee, a late renewal fee, and the per year licensing fee. In addition, you must satisfy any penalties and conditions imposed by Michigan or any other jurisdiction.
  • If your license has been expired more than 3 years
    You will have to meet requirements set by the Department of Professional Licensing. You may be required to pass all or part of an exam or meet current education or training requirements.
    Contact the Department of Professional Licensing with questions:  517-241-9288
Dear Licenses Institute, I wish to Thank you for all your support and encouragment. You are truly a blessing! With Sincere appreciation, Jeffrey B. Rice – October 9, 2018
Jeffrey B. Rice - Michigan
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