50-State Real Estate Broker Licensing Compliance Guide
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Michigan Real Estate License

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Licensing requirements for Michigan brokerage firms.

A business entity offering real estate brokerage services to the public typically must register with the real estate commission before conducting business activity. For assistance with licensing, please contact us to learn about our software and managed license services.

Company Licenses

Michigan Real Estate Company Licenses

Michigan Real Estate Company / Branch Office License

Agency:Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) - Bureau of Professional Licensing
Law:

Michigan Administrative Code - Real Estate Brokers and Salespersons - General Rules,  Michigan occupational Code (Act 299 of 1980) 

Eligible Entity Types:
  • Corporations 
  • General Partnerships 
  • Limited Liability Companies 
  • Associations
  • Common Law Trust 
Ownership Requirements:
  •  Broker Companies, Individual Brokers and Branch offices must have a physical address in Michigan. 
Notes:
  • Michigan does not offer reciprocity with any other state.
  •  Before issuing a license, the department may require and procure satisfactory proof of the business experience, competence, and good moral character of an applicant for a license under this article if the applicant is an individual or of each principal if the applicant is a business entity.
  •  A broker's license issued to a partnership, association, corporation, limited liability company, common law trust, or a combination of those entities is not transferable.
Qualifying Individual Requirements:
  • Business entities are required to designate individuals that are control persons of the entity and will be performing acts regulated by Act 299 of 1980. 
  • Each principal applicant for a business entity must have the equivalent of 3 years of full-time experience in the business of real estate. The following apply in this determination: 
    • If state law requires that a person hold a license to be licensed to perform an activity that is considered the business of real estate, an individual shall not receive credit for experience performing that activity without proper licensure.
    • For purposes of calculating whether an individual has the equivalent of 3 years of experience, the department shall grant the following credit or credits toward that 3-year requirement:
      • If the individual is a real estate salesperson, 1 year of credit for each 12-month period of licensure in which he or she closed 5 or more real estate transactions.
      • If the individual is a builder, 1 year of credit for each 12-month period in which he or she built and personally sold or leased at least 5 residential units, commercial units, or industrial units or a combination of those types of units.
      • If the individual is a real estate investor, 6 months of credit for each 5 real property transactions personally negotiated for a purchase or sale by the individual for his or her own account, with a maximum of 1 year of credit allowed. However, an individual shall not receive credit under this subdivision if he or she engaged in more than 5 sales in any 12-month period in violation of section 2502b.
      • If the individual is a land or condominium developer, 1 year of credit for each 2 developments or subdivisions that contain at least 10 units or parcels that he or she bought, subdivided, and improved for sale as lots or dwellings.
      • If the individual is an attorney, 1 year of credit for each year in which he or she acted as the attorney for at least 6 real estate transactions.
      • If the individual is a real estate appraiser who is licensed under article 26, 1 year of credit for each period equivalent to at least 40 hours per week, and at least 48 weeks per year, in which he or she acted as a real estate appraiser.
    • One year of credit for each period equivalent to at least 40 hours per week, and at least 48 weeks per year, in which the individual worked in a capacity directly related to the acquisition, financing, or conveyance of real estate, or in a position in which the individual was directly involved in a real estate business, including serving as the decision-making authority in any of the following positions:
      • A loan or trust officer of a federal or state-regulated depository institution.
      •  A loan or trust officer of a mortgage company.
      •  A real estate officer of a corporation, and who is not a licensed real estate broker.
      •  A title insurance company officer engaged in the closing of escrow accounts and real estate closings.
      • Credit for any other experience that is approved by the department by rule, in consultation with the board, as equivalent to the experience described in this subsection.
  • Each principal shall apply for and obtain, and any other individual may apply for and obtain, an associate real estate broker's license. An applicant for an associate real estate broker's license is subject to the same requirements as an applicant for a real estate broker's license. The

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for a Broker Company or Branch Office License

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Depends on when you register: $71 minimum and $143 maximum.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Depends on when you register: $91 minimum and $163 maximum.

Due:

Triennially

Individual Licenses

Michigan Individual Real Estate Licenses

Michigan Real Estate Associate Broker License

Agency:Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) - Bureau of Professional Licensing

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$143 application fee + $108 license fee

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$108

Due:

Triennially by the date of issuance.

Michigan Real Estate Broker License

Agency:Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) - Bureau of Professional Licensing

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$143 application fee + $108 license fee

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$108

Due:

Triennially by the date of issuance.

Michigan Real Estate Salesperson License

Agency:Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) - Bureau of Professional Licensing

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$88 application fee + $78 license fee

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$78

Due:

Triennially by the date of issuance.

Learn about real estate licensing in other states:

Associate Broker - Associate brokers are qualified to work independently as a broker, but choose to work under the authority of a designated broker.

On-Site Manager - A broker or salesperson who oversees the operations of a branch office under the authority of the designated broker.

Qualifying Broker/Designated Broker - An experienced and licensed real estate broker responsible for management and operation of a real estate firm.

Real Estate - Land, buildings, and their permanent improvements and fixtures. Also called "real property" in contrast to personal property.

Real Estate Agent - This term refers generally to any licensed real estate professional.

Reciprocity - Reciprocity makes it easier for out-of-state real estate firms to gain approval to operate in a foreign state by streamlining some licensing requirements.

Association of Real Estate License Law Officials (ARELLO)
Offers a license verification database accross 43 jurisdictions.

NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association Agencies
Aid education, research, and advocacy efforts in the real estate industry.

National Association of Realtors
Real estate trade organization that provides information and resources for development of the real estate industry.

Urban Land Institute
Research and education association concerned with responsible land use and creating sustainable communities.

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