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The step by step process

Complete Your Pre-License Education

The State of Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) requires that you are at least 18 years of age, a US citizen or permanent resident alien and show proof of high school graduation or equivalent. You are required to take 40 hours of Michigan Real Estate Fundamentals education before you can sit for your licensing exam. You may complete the 40 hours in a live classroom setting or online. There are advantages to both.  


KW Real Estate Schools, Inc. courses are approved by the The State of Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) as home study/online courses – not live courses. They are optional and not required to pass the course. They include the benefits of “non-mandatory” group coaching sessions to informally review previously submitted homework assignments and to answer general questions related to the online course content. 


Whether you are ready to start your career in residential or commercial real estate sales, it all starts with the same real estate salesperson's licensing process.  

Certificate of Completion Process

After you pass your final exam, you will be emailed a certificate of completion. This is you’re your proof of course completion. If you lost your certificate of completion, you can access a copy by logging into your student portal from this website. 

The real estate salesperson application process will prompt you to select the school where you completed your 40-hours of pre-license education as well as your completion date. You can find that information on your certificate of completion. 

We submit a list of our graduates to the State of Michigan every week! 

Apply for Your Real Estate License

After you complete your required education, it is time to apply for your real estate license. Visit the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs website to start the online application process. This would be a great time to indicate who your employing broker will be on your application or wait until after you take the exam. 


Once you have indicated who your employing broker will be and upon successful completion of the state exam, LARA will mail your license package to your employing broker. If you don’t have an employing broker in mind, you will have up to 12 months to submit your designated employing broker information before LARA requires you to retake the state exam. Once you have an employing broker, they will need to verify your employment with LARA and your license package will be mailed to your employing broker's main office. 


Your application and fee are good for 12 months. If you have not successfully passed the state exam within 12 months you will need to apply again and pay a new fee. It can take up to 5 business days from the time of application for you to receive an authorization to test.   

Your Authorization to Test and Schedule the PSI Exam

LARA will email an authorization to test which includes your Candidate Michigan Real Estate (MIRE) Number as well as registration instructions. Psychological Services, Inc. (PSI) administers the Michigan Real Estate Licensing Exam. When you receive your MIRE you will then go to PSIExams.comonline and register for your exam. Exam fee is $79.   

Following the registration instructions given in your MIRE email, you may schedule and pay for your exam. This MIRE number is not your license number, it is used to schedule your exam. Your license application will remain in a “pending” status with the State of Michigan until your broker sponsorship is confirmed and you have taken and passed your exam. 


Take and Pass Your PSI Exam

Note: If you are able to confirm an employing broker within 48 business hours of taking your state exam, you will then be eligible to receive the photo pocket license at the PSI Examination Site upon successfully passing your exam. If you did not confirm a broker before the exam, you can do it after the fact through LARA's website. 

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