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How To Get Your Michigan Real Estate License 

6 Steps Toward Getting Your Michigan Salesperson License

Getting your Michigan real estate license might seem daunting, but we’re here to guide you through the process.

Read on to learn about the six steps you’ll need to complete before starting your career in Michigan real estate. To learn about how much it costs to get your real estate license, visit our Michigan Pre-Licensing pricing page.

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To start:

  • You must be at least 18 years of age.
  • You must be of good moral character.

Quick Facts:

  • What is the average MI real estate agent salary? According to, the average full time Michigan real estate agent salary is $79,659 per year.
  • How long does it take to get a real estate agent license in Michigan? Future agents who spend about 20 hours per week on coursework can be licensed in as little as 3-4 weeks.
  • You can use the Michigan Real Estate Agent License Lookup Tool to verify an agent's license status.

  1. Complete 40 hours of approved Pre-Licensing education.

    Successfully complete an approved 40 clock-hour Pre-Licensing course. Learn more about your package options here.

  2. Pass the course final exam.

    After you complete all the course materials, meet the minimum time requirement, and pass the practice exam, there is a course final exam. The minimum passing score is 70%.

  3. Select a sponsoring broker.

    To be licensed, you must first be associated with a current and active Michigan sponsoring broker. It's important to find the right broker to work with since this person will serve as your mentor as you start your new career in real estate.

    Here are some questions to consider during your search:

    • What is their reputation, both locally and nationally?
    • What kind of real estate agents are they looking for?
    • Are they technologically advanced and up-to-date with the latest systems?
    • How do they support their agents with education and training?
    • What kind of commission structure do they offer?
    • Do they offer benefits?
    • Do they provide their agents with leads and marketing material?
    • Is there room to grow with the brokerage?


  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 examination.

    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. For more information, see the PSI candidate exam information here.

    Do you need help passing your Michigan real estate exam? The CE Shop also offers comprehensive Exam Prep tailored to Michigan. If you have any additional questions, visit our Michigan real estate exam frequently asked questions page.

  6. Receive 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.


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