Become a Real Estate Agent in Michigan

So you're considering a career as a real estate sales agent or broker? Great! Now what do you do? The process of becoming a licensed professional in the real estate industry differs from state to state. Most real estate agents and brokers are required to have a certain number of hours of pre-licensing education – and, in some cases, experience – to become fully licensed. The steps below provide you with everything you'll need to get you on your way to becoming a licensed real estate agent in Michigan.


  1. Meet the qualifying age requirement. An applicant for a real estate salesperson license must be 18 years of age.
  2. Have the required pre-license education. Before you sit for the MI state licensing exam (through the Become Certified to Teach Hunter Safety in Michigan Real Estate Commission testing vendor, PSI), you must:
    • Complete 40 clock hours of a Real Estate Fundamentals pre-licensure course.
    • After completing the Pre-License course, your school should submit your certificate to the State of Michigan (note that not all schools will though).
    • Note: Online courses offered for pre-license credit must include a timing mechanism to ensure seat time; this means you will have to stay in this course for a total of 40 clock hours. View your candidate handout to view more information.
  3. Submit your application for licensure. After completing your required pre-licensing education, you must:
    • Apply for your license. Visit the Michigan state/iCOLA (internet Commercial & Occupational Licensing Application) website at to get started with your application. You must apply for your license within 36 months of completing the required pre-licensing Education and Communications.
    • If you do not have an employing broker at the time you fill out your license information at the Michigan state/iCOLA website, as soon as you do have an "employing broker" fill out a form so that your status will be updated.
  4. Get broker affiliation. Before you submit your application for licensure to the Michigan Real Estate Commission, you will need to have an "employing broker". For a number of reasons, it is important to research potential Become an Accredited Mortgage Broker in your area. The employing broker is responsible for ensuring that you meet and maintain the requirements for a Michigan Real Estate Salesperson License. The state examination will remain "pending" until a broker is confirmed.
  5. Sit the state examination. After you apply for your license you must:
    • Contact PSI at to schedule your exam. After completing the licensure application, you'll receive an email with your Michigan Real Estate number to schedule your exam. This is not your license number.
    • To pass the state examination, you will need to receive a score of 70% or better.
    • Note: You must pass the state exam within one year of applying for your license, or the license fee paid to iCOLA expires.
  6. After you have passed the state exam it will be imported into iCOLA's records. When your state exam score is received by the Department and the broker is confirmed, the state will send your license and pocket card to your broker's main office.



  • Many people benefit from taking test prep courses along with the required education.
  • Make sure that the real estate school and courses you choose are approved for the state of Michigan.
  • Most real estate sales people join their state Realtors association. The Michigan Association of Realtors is one example for the state of Michigan.
  • When in doubt, contact the state board at 517-373-7353 or email


  • Steps to become a licensed real estate agent in Michigan are subject to change. Always follow the rules set forth by the state board.
  • If you were a real estate agent in a different state, you will still need to go through the full Michigan real estate salesperson licensure process.
  • Fees paid to the state of Michigan will not be refunded.

Things You'll Need

  • Forms or access to internet to download forms

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