NEW Michigan Builders License Renewal Rule

The following is a copy of an email received directly from the
State of Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs:

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Dear Licensee,

The Builder profession licenses have entered the renewal period. You must renew your license(s) by using our online renewal system now using a debit or credit card containing a MasterCard, Visa, or Discover logo or by electronic check. Payments received by mail or in person will not be accepted and will be returned without the renewal being processed.

If you do not have a name and/or address change, you may renew your license at www.michigan.gov/mylicenserenewal. If you are an individual licensee and you have an address change, please renew your license at www.michigan.gov/mylicense. Name changes for individual licensees must be submitted to our office in writing and our records must be updated prior to you performing your renewal online. 

 

Firms/businesses with a name or address change should contact our office for further instruction.

 

For other requirements which may be required to renew your license, please visit our website at www.michigan.gov/bpl.

 

Please take a moment to complete our Customer Satisfaction Survey.

Your responses are appreciated and will help us to continually improve our customer service. 

 

 

Bureau of Professional Licensing

Licensing Division                                                                                          

(517) 241-9288

bplhelp@michigan.gov

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 What does this mean for Michigan Builders?

Michigan’s State Legislature now requires that all builders must renew their license ONLINE using a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover or by electronic check) as the form of payment. They will NOT accept cash, check, money order, or any other form of payment, and will not complete the renewal process until payment using their online system has been completed.

The following verbiage was taken directly from the State of Michigan website:

IMPORTANT: You must renew your license(s) by using our online renewal system now using 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 HERE

Frequently Asked Questions:

What if I don’t have a credit card?

If you do not have one of the credit cards specified above, you can go to any major drug store or supermarket and purchase a Visa, MasterCard or Discover gift card with the dollar amount pre-loaded. You can then use this card to renew your license online at the State of Michigan website.

I do not own a computer. Where can I access the internet to renew my license?

There are many places that will allow you to access the internet.  Aside from asking a neighbor, friends or family, your public library is a great place to start. You should be able to access the internet free of charge from any public library. Some local agencies may also allow you to utilize their internet and computer labs.

Who do I contact with questions about the new ruling?

Bureau of Professional Licensing
Licensing Division

(517) 241-9288

bplhelp@michigan.gov

The friendly staff at Builders License Training Institute would be happy to help you with any questions you may have. Just call 1-800-727-7104.

 

What happens if I miss the May 31st deadline?

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.

Are there late charges to renew my license after May 31st?

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.

I missed the deadline by more than 60 days. Can I apply for relicensure?

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 the LARA website or contact the Licensing Division at 517-373-8068 to request an application to be mailed to you.