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Michigan Real Estate License Requirements

How to Become a Real Estate Agent in Michigan

Quick Overview:

You’ll need to be at least 18 years of age and be of good moral character

  1. Complete 40 Hours of Required Pre-Licensing Education
  2. Pass the Course Final Exam
  3. Find a Sponsoring Broker
  4. Start the Application
  5. Pass the Michigan Real Estate Exam
  6. Obtain Your License


How to Get a Real Estate License in Michigan

The Michigan Board of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs requires all potential agents to complete the following steps in order to become licensed. Follow the steps below to get started with your real estate career.

1. Complete 40 Hours of Required Pre-Licensing Education

Successfully complete the
required 40 clock-hour Pre-Licensing course. There are several different Michigan real estate colleges, many offer online classes as well as learning in-person coursework. Some Michigan real estate schools have an option for a Free Trial that can help determine if Kentucky real estate courses are right for you.

2. Pass the Course Final Exam

After you complete all the course materials and meet the minimum time requirement, there is a course final exam consisting of 100 questions. A minimum score of 70% is required to pass this exam.

3. Find a Sponsoring Broker

As you go through the process of earning your license, you’ll need to be sponsored by a current and active Michigan real estate Broker. Choosing the right Broker is a key success factor for building your new career.

4. Start the Application

To apply for your Michigan real estate license with the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA),
click here. You’ll receive an email providing you with an exam candidate ID number that is required to register for the exam. License application fees are valid for one year and the following process must be completed within one year from the date fees are paid.

5. Pass the Michigan Real Estate Exam

PSI administers the Michigan real estate licensing exam. This 115-question test is comprised of two portions, covering both state and national requirements, which you will have 180 minutes to complete. You must receive a passing score of 70%. There are
exam prep courses to help test takers pass on the first try.

6. Obtain Your License

Once you have passed your exam and if you did not list an employer, your license application will remain incomplete until the department receives an Employing Broker notification. Once the department receives this notification your license will be issued.

Quick Facts:

Common Questions About Getting Your Michigan Real Estate License

1. How much does it cost to get your real estate license in Michigan?

The cost of an agent license in MI can vary considerably depending on the price of your Michigan real estate classes and different types of fees for your licensing, etc. An individual can typically expect to pay $366-$596 to get an active Michigan real estate license.

Average Course Tuition $199-$429
Michigan Real Estate License Exam $79
License Application Fee $10
Yearly License Fee $78
Total $366-$596

2. How long does it take to get a real estate license in Michigan?

The specific amount of time to complete your 40 hours of licensing can vary depending on how long each task takes you, and how long you take to complete Pre-Licensing courses. Different credit hours and requirements of each brokerage will affect each Salesperson differently.

Student Learning Pace Time Period
Full-Time Student (40 hours a week) 1 week
20 Hours a Week 2 weeks
10 Hours a Week 4 weeks
5 Hours a Week 8 weeks

3. If I get a real estate license in Michigan, where else can I work?

If you get a real estate license in Michigan, you are automatically eligible to work in states that offer full reciprocity. States that offer full reciprocity will recognize your Michigan license, meaning you can work in their state after fulfilling significantly less requirements. Typically, this means passing the state-specific real estate exam or taking a state-specific course. States with full reciprocity include:

  • Alabama
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Georgia
  • Florida
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Virginia
  • Washington 

The above list is not comprehensive. Please refer to
this guide for more information on reciprocity.

4. How much money can i make as a Michigan real estate agent?

According to, the average salary for a Michigan real estate agent is $101,443. This number is the same as the national average.

Michigan Real Estate Continuing Education Requirements

All licensed agents are required to stay up to date on their knowledge in their particular field. For real estate agents,
this requirement is 18 hours of approved Continuing Education
courses. In Michigan, you must complete these 18 hours during every three-year licensing cycle with a minimum of two law specific credit hours per year between 11/1 and 10/31.

You will need to make sure that you are getting these courses through a
LARA-approved education provider.