Michigan Builder and M&A Contractor CE FAQS

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.

Click here for step-by-step renewal instructions.

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.

Failure to renew online and/or failure to meet all renewal requirements by the expiration date of your license means you cannot legally practice as an Individual Residential Builder and may be subject to disciplinary action if you continue to practice.

An additional $20 late fee will be automatically added to the renewal fee if you renew within the 60 days following the license expiration date.

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

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.

Yes, you can complete your education online as long as the courses fulfill the requirements outlined by the State of Michigan. All of our continuing competency courses fulfill the requirements outlined by the State.

Please contact the Bureau of Construction Codes:

Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Bureau of Construction Codes
Website: http://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,1607,7-154-10575—,00.html

Building Division
Phone: 517-335-9700

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