MDARD Online Licensing System

Click here to learn how to apply for a NEW licenseWelcome to the MDARD-Accela help page. Accela Citizen Access (ACA) is the new online licensing system which gives users the opportunity to apply for new licenses, renew their existing licenses and maintain their existing licenses.

To visit the Accela Citizen Access website, go to

The purpose of this page is to help customers navigate and process through the ACA website easily. You will be able to find background information and also several sets of procedures on this page.

If you want to access using mobile device, see "Using a Mobile Device" below.

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In 2016, the nursery licensing database was migrated to a new computer program.  Due to several data migration issues, we cannot guarantee that all nursery licenses can be successfully renewed online without assistance.  If you are interested in renewing online, please contact the MDARD Customer Service Center (800-292-3939, 8 am – 5 pm, M – F) for guidance.  

  1. The renewal packets were mailed approximately October 1, 2016.
  2. Click here for the basic instructions for renewing online.  However, MDARD staff may need to check your license data to ensure that all of the necessary information is available.​
  3. To apply for a new license if you have moved or changed ownership, see the guide How to apply for a new license 

Getting Started

Processing License Application/Renewals

Using a Mobile Device

Making Changes/Updates on your existing License

How to File a Complaint


At this point the online licensing system only accepts payments in form of a credit card. (Visa, MasterCard, Discover)

Please note that the State of Michigan utilizes the State’s CEPAS System to process payments. The charge will show up on your account as “Department of Agriculture Credit Card.”

  • How to pay online new licenses/renewals

The payment for a new license application or a renewal will be a part of your application process. Making a payment will be the last step of your application step where you will be redirected to the State of Michigan’s payment method.

Help/Contact Us

Please contact the MDARD Customer Service Center at 800-292-3939 (M-F, 8-5) or send an email with your contact information to  If you are contacting us about an existing license, please include the license number and name of the business in your email.