Article Summary: This article will help anyone looking for information pertaining to a real estate license in the state of Michigan or anyone looking to become a real estate agent or realtor in Michigan. Contents of this article may include information on real estate education, schools, training courses, continuing education, tests and exams, laws, license requirements, renewal information, forms and more..

The Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth oversees the Michigan State Board of Real Estate Brokers and Salespersons.  The offices of the Board of Real Estate are in Lansing.  The department currently oversees the practice of approximately 42,419 real estate salespersons, 9,942 associate real estate brokers, 11,348 real estate brokers, and 716 branch offices.

The requirements for a real estate salesperson license in Michigan include being at least 18 years of age when applying. Applicants are required to successfully complete 40 hours of approved prelicense courses at an approved real estate school before taking the examination. Once licensed, the salesperson needs to complete 6 hours of continuing education each year for a total of 18 hours the three year license renewal period. No previous experience is required to apply for the salesperson license. Applicants must successfully pass the real estate exams, be of good moral character, and provide a letter of good standing from any other state that they have held a real estate license in.

The requirements for a real estate broker license in Michigan include being at lest 18 years of age and having at least three years full time experience as a real estate salesperson, or the equivalent experience, and must be of good moral character.

Applicants for a real estate broker license need to complete at least 90 hours of approved real estate education courses within 36 months of applying for their license. Once licensed, the licensee needs to complete at least 6 hours of continuing education each year. Thus, during the regular three-year renewal period the licensee will need 18 hours of courses.  Individuals may be licensed as an individual broker, which denotes operating as a sole proprietorship, or as an associate broker who qualifies as a broker but is licensed to work under another broker.

There is no reciprocity between Michigan and any other states. All applicants must meet the full Michigan requirements.

Approved prelicensure real estate course locations and the courses they offer can be viewed online. Approved continuing education classroom schools are located throughout the state, and you can also view approved online continuing education schools online.

The real estate examinations are administered electronically by PSI Exams. Applicants receive their score reports within two weeks of taking the exams.

For a list of Michigan real estate licenses fee, click here.

The 3-year license fee for a new broker or associate broker is $143.00 and for a salesperson is $88.00. The renewal fee for a broker or associate broker is $163.00 and for a salesperson the fee is $108.00.

Both real estate broker licenses and salesperson licenses expire on October 31st. They are valid for a three-year period. An agent may renew an agent license between November 1 and December 30 by paying a late penalty in addition to the regular renewal fee. They may not legally practice until the fees are paid and continuing education courses are completed.

Real estate careers are enhanced by membership in the many organizations that provide services for the professional agent. Those holding a real estate license usually join organizations like the Michigan Association of Realtors, the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB), and the Association of Real Estate License Law Officials (ARELLO). The National Association of Realtors (NAR), the world's largest professional association, assists many in locating real estate jobs within the industry. These organizations are also excellent resources for networking and real estate education.

Michigan Real Estate Forms

Michigan Reciprocity States


(as of 2/23/2010)

Michigan Approved Real Estate Schools Prelicensing and Postlicensing Education

Community Colleges

Alpena Community College
Central Michigan University
Education Services Plus
Lansing Community College
Muskegon Community College
Northern Michigan University School of Technology and Applied Sciences
Washtenaw Community College

Private Schools

Acme Institute (Acme)
Career Academy of Real Estate LLC (Brighton)
Hart Real Estate Training & Holding Company (Marlette)
Michigan Institute of Real Estate (Southfield)
Michigan Realty Training Center (Utica)
Middleton Real Estate Training Inc. (Southfield)
NCI Associates LTD (Utica)
Last Update:  3/1/2010
This list may not include all approved schools. Please visit the Michigan State Board of Real Estate Brokers and Salespersons website for the latest list of approved real estate schools.