1) COMPLETE YOUR REAL ESTATE FUNDAMENTALS (PRELICENSURE) COURSE
Be sure to take the 40 hour prelicensing course from a school that has been approved by the State of Michigan. Here is a list of approved prelicensure course providers: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/lara/lts651_472943_7.pdf. Once you complete that course, your school will submit your certificate of completion to the State of Michigan. Always keep a copy of completion certificates for your records. You must apply for your license within 36 months (three years) of completing your prelicensure course.
2) APPLY FOR YOUR LICENSE
Log onto www.michigan.gov/icola to apply for a license. Upon accessing iCOLA you will be asked to create an account, pay your license fee and submit your license application electronically.
3) OBTAIN AUTHORIZATION TO TAKE THE EXAM
Once your application has been approved, you will receive an email from the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) notifying you of your authorization to register for the exam.
4) REGISTER AND TAKE THE EXAM
The real estate salesperson exam is administered through Psychological Services, Inc. (PSI). To schedule your exam, visit the PSI website at: https://candidate.psiexams.com/.
PSI specifically requires LARA’s pre-approval before you can sit for the exam. Salesperson candidates must first apply for licensure through the Michigan iCOLA website. (See Step 2 above.)
5) SECURE AN EMPLOYING BROKER
In order to practice as a real estate salesperson, you must be sponsored by a licensed Michigan Employing Broker. If you list your employing broker's 10-digit number when applying, please inform your employer that you have submitted your license application. Your employing broker should then access his or her iCOLA account and confirm sponsorship. You do not need to have a broker at the time you submit the license application; broker information may be supplied to the State of Michigan at a later time using the Employing Broker Notification form. Your license application will remain in a "pending" status until a broker’s sponsorship is confirmed, or for one year from the date of your application.
123 Mich Holding LLC is a Michigan broker that holds Michigan real estate salesperson licenses until you are ready to be an active agent. That is, if you need a broker to hold (or sponsor) your new salesperson license, but you are not ready to actively engage in the practice of real estate, you can “park” your license with 123 Mich Holding LLC (www.123MichHolding.com). With 123 Mich Holding LLC, your license will remain active with the State of Michigan, and you can transfer it to an active broker when you are ready. In the meantime, you can also refer folks to active brokers (of your choice) and receive referral fee. Checkout www.123MichHolding.com for details.