How to Get a General Contractor License in Michigan

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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.

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).

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

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.


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


  • 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.