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LARA Launches New Licensing System

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Earlier this month, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) launched a new licensing platform for physicians and 10 other licensed professions. The new system – Michigan Professional Licensing User System (MiPLUS) – is intended to enhance accessibility by providing an improved interface for licensees and consumers and reduce delays from mailings. All professional licensees will be required to register with MiPLUS and apply for a new license or renew their current license using this new online platform.

Some of the new features of MiPLUS touted by LARA include:

  • Individuals can apply online, track the status of their application, renew their license, and receive electronic notifications.
  • Licensees can modify their existing licensing information and upload documents.
  • Licensees can self-report their convictions and disciplinary actions from other states.
  • Individuals can verify the status of a licensed professional, file a complaint against a licensed professional, or report a change in staff privileges.
  • Licensees can delegate another individual to pay fee or upload documents.

It should also be noted that under the new system license expiration dates will now correspond with the licensee’s date of initial licensure. This change will occur upon initial licensure and following renewals. See the following LARA FAQ:

Q.  Will my expiration date be changing?

A.  The expiration date shown on any current valid license will not change. When you renew your current license for the first time in the MiPLUS system, your new license will have an expiration date that corresponds to the date you first received your professional license. However, the expiration dates for educational limited license types will not change.

New licensees will receive a license for the full length of the license cycle with an expiration date that corresponds to the date the license was issued. Under the old system, initial licenses were often for a duration of only about 1 year. This will no longer be the case.

Physicians applying for an initial license in Michigan should visit www.Michigan.gov/MiPLUS to register for their MiPLUS account.  Click on the appropriate profession to create a user account. Physicians required to renew their licenses by January 31 of 2020, 2021, or 2022, should register in MiPLUS at least a couple of months prior to their respective expiration date to avoid any last minute glitches when renewing.

LARA has developed resources to help licensees interact and engage with the new platform.  The following resources are now available at www.Michigan.gov/MiPLUS:

  • Walk-through videos on registering for an account, applying for your first license, modifying your license, and renewing your license.
  • Licensing guides for each profession.
For additional questions regarding MiPLUS and the licensing and renewal process, contact LARA at 517-241-0199 or BPLHelp@Michigan.gov.