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Step-By-Step Guide for Occupational Licensees

Potential racing licensees may follow this guide to initiate the State of Michigan horse racing licensing process.


All participants in pari-mutuel horse racing in Michigan must meet standards and criteria set forth in the Horse Racing Law of 1995 and General Rules.


For assistance, please contact the MGCB at its track offices (see below) or via email at


Step 1:

Access and complete the occupational license application and the appropriate license fee.

If you are a first-time licensee in Michigan, you must submit certain documents and identification.

Step 2:

Make necessary copies of completed signed application, ID and documents. Applications are accepted during office hours at the track offices. The documents also may be sent by fax to the track offices, by email to or by mail to a Michigan racetrack.

Step 3:

Payment may be made by check (payable to State of Michigan), or by credit card (please contact the track offices for details). Cash is accepted at the MGCB track offices only.

During non-live racing months, please direct inquiries to the Michigan Gaming Control Board Cadillac Place office:

3062 W Grand Blvd., L-700, Detroit, MI 48202

Phone 313-456-4100   Fax 313-456-2864


Standardbred Racing

Northville Downs

301 S. Center Street

Northville, MI 48167

Licensing Office

Phone: 248-349-5458

Fax: 248-349-9139

Live Racing Office Hours (office hours begin one month before live racing)

Wednesday 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Friday 1:30-8:30 p.m.

Saturday 1:30-8:30 p.m.