Horse Racing Occupational License Step-by-Step Guide

This guide has been established to help potential horse racing licensees in the State of Michigan initiate the licensing process. In Michigan, the three primary types of racing include Standardbred, Thoroughbred, and Mixed Breed (Quarter Horse, Arabian, Appaloosa and American Paint). Each type of racing requires a separate license. Please note that all applicants must be participants in pari-mutuel horse racing in the state and must meet the standards and criteria set forth in the laws and regulations.

Step 1:

Familiarize yourself with Michigan laws and regulations that govern pari-mutuel horse racing in the state.


Step 2:

Access and complete the Horse Racing Occupational License Application. Inquiries can be made to the Michigan Gaming Control Board, Division of Horse Racing, Audit & Gaming Technology at (313) 456-4100. 

If you are a first-time licensee in Michigan, you must submit a Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) Horse Racing fingerprint card provided by the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB). Completed fingerprints along with a check or money order for $36 (no cash) payable to the State of Michigan may be mailed to the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB). In order to have fingerprint reports sent to all other jurisdictions to which you plan to apply, mark those jurisdictions on the back of the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) Horse Racing fingerprint card.


Step 3:

Sign and make copies of the completed application and either hand deliver to the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) Horse Racing office located at the Michigan racetrack where you will be participating or mail it along with the applicable fee (see fee table below) to:

Michigan Gaming Control Board
Horse Racing, Audit & Gaming Technology Division

3062 W. Grand Boulevard, Suite L-700
Detroit, MI 48202


Step 4: Once the application and fees have been processed, the applicant may obtain an identification badge at the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) Horse Racing office located at the Michigan racetrack where you will be participating.

Fee Table
Thoroughbred Mixed Harness
 
Owner 25.00 25.00 25.00
Trainer 25.00 25.00 25.00
Assistant Trainer 20.00 20.00 20.00
Driver NA NA 25.00
Jockey/Apprentice Jockey 25.00 25.00 NA
Jockey Agent 25.00 25.00 NA
Veterinarian 25.00 25.00 25.00
Farrier/Plater/Blacksmith 25.00 25.00 25.00
Racing Official 25.00 25.00 25.00
Association/Track Employee 10.00 10.00 10.00
Groom 10.00 10.00 10.00
Other Stable Help 10.00 10.00 10.00
Authorized Agent (per filing) 15.00 15.00 15.00
Vendor 25.00 25.00 25.00
Stable Name 10.00 10.00 10.00
Corporation/Syndicate 10.00 10.00 10.00
Partnership 10.00 10.00 10.00
Restricted Area Pass 10.00 10.00 10.00
Duplicate of Any License 10.00 10.00 10.00
Fingerprint Fee 36.00 36.00 36.00
Click here to download the associated forms.
 
Fees are current as of January 2009.