PLEASE NOTE: We provide the following renewal information as a courtesy and it may change at any time. It is the individual licensee's responsibility to be sure that he or she meets the requirements for his or her own particular license renewal circumstance(s).

  • Total Hours: 18
  • Mandatory/Core: 6
  • Elective: 12
  • Renewal Cycle: 3 years

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs ("LARA") is the State’s real estate licensing authority.

Michigan has a license renewal cycle of 3 years. During each of these 3-year cycles, licensees need to complete 18 hours of continuing education, 6 hours per year. The current cycle began on November 1, 2018 and will end on October 31, 2021. Licensees must have completed 18 credit hours on or before October 31, 2021 to qualify for license renewal.

2 of 6 credits taken each year must include mandatory law, rules and/or court cases. Courses that satisfy mandatory course topics are categorized as “M” for "Mandatory" in a blue circle next to the title of each course on the previous products page. (I.e., the web page on this site that displays Michigan course packages and individual courses.)

Though licensees are required to take 2 mandatory hours of continuing education every year, the 12 elective hours can be taken at any time as long as they have been completed by the conclusion of each 3-year cycle.

Licensees cannot duplicate courses within a 3-year cycle. This means you will receive credit for your courses as long as course numbers are not duplicated. CBT has organized course packages so that courses titles and numbers are not duplicated within the same cycle.

If you have any questions about your hours or courses, contact LARA at 517-373-7353 or by e-mail at

Check Your Michigan Real Estate Courses Credits Online

Read License renewal information from the Michigan LARA site

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Receiving Credit for Completed Courses

The LARA operates on an audit system for tracking completed CE hours. This means that neither licensees nor education providers send notice of course completions to the LARA any longer; rather, the Department requires that you be able to provide proof of course completions in the event you are audited. For this reason it is recommended that you print your course certificates upon completion of each course. NOTE: CBT keeps records of all course completions for no less than 7 years.

Navigate to the website to login to LARA and renew your license.

As of Jan. 1, 2015, Michigan no longer requires education providers to report continuing education hours. CE Marketplace provides an official place to do this if you wish. Follow this link to learn more:

Regulation of Online CE Courses

There are no limits to the number of continuing education courses that can be taken online. The LARA requires that all online education providers use a timing mechanism to ensure that a minimum seat time is spent in each course (equal to 50 min per credit hour). For example, a three hour course must be open and active for no less than 150 minutes. The course timer mechanism will “time out” if navigation in a course is inactive for more than 15 minutes. If this happens, simply resume activity to restart the timer. For example, click the Forward Arrow button or the Back Arrow button.

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