Who Grants a License: Licenses are granted by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (“LARA”).
Qualifications to receive a License: A candidate must complete 40 clock hours of study at a LARA-approved real estate school (search course offerings here), pass a school-administered final exam, and pass a state exam. All candidates must be at least 18 years of age.
Applying for the Exams: Before applying to PSI to take the state Real Estate Salesperson licensing examination, a candidate must first access the LARA "iCOLA" application and create a new account to apply for eligibility to take the exam. LARA will then (on behalf of the candidate) electronically submit an authorization to test to the testing vendor (PSI). Upon LARA authorization to test, candidates should create an account, and apply to take the state exam through the PSI website scheduling page. For more information, see the Department of Licensing and Regulatory affairs Real Estate Licensing Candidate Information Bulletin.
Test Content: The Michigan state real estate licensing exam is comprised of two portions: the national portion and the state-specific portion. Five to ten questions (disbursed throughout both portions of the exam) are considered "experimental" questions and are not scored. Both portions of the test are comprised of multiple choice questions with four answer choices provided for each question. Test takers are allotted 110 minutes to complete both portions of the test. A score of at least 70% is required to pass. Both portions of the test are presented in a computer-based format, but accommodations for paper-based tests and/or oral testing can be provided with special arrangements.
The national portion of the test consists of 80 questions and tests the candidate's knowledge of general real estate concepts, including the following subject areas:
Land Use Controls and Regulations
Valuation and Market Analysis
Laws of Agency
Transfer of Title
Practice of Real Estate
Real Estate Calculations
The state-specific portion consists of 30 questions and tests the candidate's knowledge of the state-specific concepts, including the following subject areas:
Duties and Powers of the Department and the Board
Statutory Requirements Governing the Activities of Licenses
Additional State Topics
How to Apply for the License: Upon passing both portions of the exam, the candidate is asked for the license fee, and any further required information. The real estate license is issued on-site at the testing center.
Fees: LARA charges a license application fee.
Who administers the test: LARA and PSI.
License Renewal Requirements – A Michigan real estate licensee must take 18 credit hours of continuing education (either online or in the classroom) from a LARA-approved provider every three years. Further information is provided on the LARA website, here.
Applicable Regulations: Real estate licensees in Michigan are regulated under Michigan Occupational Code, and the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. See comprehensive document here.
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