How to Get a General Contractor License in Michigan

by Stephanie Steensma; Updated September 26, 2017
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The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth requires a license to do business for some types of contractors. Residential contractors, those who enter a contract with a homeowner or property owner for construction or remodeling projects with a value of more than $600, are required to be licensed by the state of Michigan as a residential builder or a maintenance and alteration contractor. Commercial contractors, sometimes known as general contractors, are not required to obtain a license as the architect or the professional engineer on the project is the responsible licensee.

Items you will need

  • 60 hours of prelicensure education
  • Individual Residential Builder License Application
  • Copy of Michigan driver's license or state identification card
Step 1

Complete 60 hours of prelicensure education in construction science and business law. All courses must be approved by the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth (DLEG).

Step 2

Submit documentation to DLEG proving all education requirements have been met. Register for the Residential Builder or Maintenance & Alteration Contractor exam.

Step 3

After passing the exam, complete the Individual Residential Builder License Application from DLEG. Then mail a completed application, application fee and a copy of your driver's license or state identification card to the Builders Section of DLEG.

Tips

  • Application processing by the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth can take up to three weeks.

Warnings

  • The state of Michigan may obtain credit reports for all applicants. A poor credit history does not automatically disqualify an applicant, but may result in additional paperwork to be completed.

    All Michigan licensed builders and contractors must have a place of business in Michigan.

About the Author

Stephanie Steensma began writing in 1998 as a radio news reporter. Her work has appeared in print publications such as "Engineering Today" and "Dome Magazine" as well as online. Steensma has a Bachelor of Arts in communication and journalism from Western Michigan University.

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