Michigan at a Glance
Gaming License: Yes
Non-Gaming License: Yes, Over $100,000 Threshold
Vendor License Exemptions Available: Yes
Temporary License: Yes
Ownership Disclosure Threshold: 5%
Institutional Investor Waiver: Yes
Fees: $200 - $5,000
State Gaming Lab: Contact Agency
Term of License: 5 Years
Deadline to Reapply: Prior to Expiration
Political Contribution Restrictions: No
Michigan Regulatory Overviews

Michigan Online Gaming Supplier Regulatory Overview


Online gambling was officially legalized in 2019. The Michigan legislature authorized the legal practice of internet gaming (“iGaming”) with the enactment of the Lawful Internet Gaming Act1 (“Act”). The first iGaming apps launches in January of 2021, and since then the Michigan Gaming Control Board (“MGCB”) has authorized fifteen Operators in Michigan to accept internet wagers. All licensees are subject to the applicable laws and regulations governing all gaming activity in the State of Michigan, including the Act. The following analysis summarizes the provisions of the statutes as well as the MGCB’s Internet Gaming Rules (“Rules”).

Notably, the Act defines "Internet game" as “a game of skill or chance that is offered for play through the internet in which an individual wagers money or something of monetary value for the opportunity to win money or something of monetary value.”2


There are three overarching classifications of licenses that can be distributed in Michigan. Those include Operator Licenses, Supplier Licenses, and Vendor Licenses. The MGCB is limited by statute in issuing Operator Licenses to the three existing commercial casinos and twelve Michigan tribes. Michigan is somewhat unique, in that a platform provider does not fall under an Operator License, rather it is classified as a Supplier License.

Suppliers are those individuals or entities whose services provided to Operators directly affect wagering, play, and results of internet games.3 The licensing timeline for a Supplier License, starting from the time of the application submission to the Board approval for the license, can take seven-nine months and is a very intensive and detailed process. This range of time is an estimate, as each applicant presents a different set of facts and materials, which can require more or less time to review than anticipated and shorten or extend the timeline as such. As noted above, a Supplier License also encompasses platform provider.4 A provisional license is available to applicants prior to the approval and issuance of their Supplier License.

The last classification of license in Michigan is a Vendor License. Vendors provide goods or services directly or indirectly to an Operator, platform provider, or Supplier in connection with its iGaming operations in Michigan.5

For all classifications of licenses, the Rules provide that there are standards and criteria applicable to all applicants. The provisions listed in the Rules are not exclusive and can be supplemented by additional or different procedures upon Board request. All applicants for an iGaming associated license must provide to the board:

• Application
• Background investigation approval, and
• Associated fees.

Applicants and licensees are also required to establish and maintain suitability to standards of character, reputation, integrity, business probity, and financial ability.6 The MGCB will not issue or renew an iGaming license unless every person required by the Act and the rules as part of the application has first been determined by the board to be eligible and suitable in accordance with the relevant licensing standards set forth in the Act and Rules. Below is a more detailed review of the Supplier licensing and Vendor registration requirements and process.

Supplier Licensing Requirements

An iGaming Supplier License is required for a person or group to act as an iGaming Supplier and be permitted to provide goods or services to an iGaming Operator.7 “Internet gaming supplier” includes:

• iGaming platform providers.
• Geofence providers.
• Providers of software that directly affect the process or results of iGaming.
• Hosts of live iGaming data.
• Affiliate marketers that have an agreement based on the sharing of customer revenue.
• Unless otherwise determined by the board, any other person that meets 1 or more of the following criteria:
  • The person manufactures, supplies, or distributes devices, machines, equipment, items, or articles that:

    • Are specifically designed for iGaming.

    • Have the capacity to affect the outcome of an internet wager.

    • Have the capacity to affect the calculation, storage, collection, or control of gross receipts.8

  • The person services or repairs iGaming wagering devices, machines, equipment, items, or articles impacting the integrity of iGaming.

  • The person provides services directly related to the operation, security, surveillance, or management of iGaming.

  • The person provides other goods or services determined by the board to be so utilized in, or incidental to, the operation of an iGaming Operator that the person must be licensed as an iGaming Supplier to protect the public and enhance the credibility and integrity of iGaming in this state.9

All who service or repair iGaming wagering devices, that impact the integrity of iGaming, provides services directly related to the operation of iGaming, or provide other goods or services determined by the board to be associated with the operation of an iGaming Operator must be licensed as Supplier in order to conduct business.10

If a Supplier, platform provider, or service provider meets the criteria above, the person or entity must obtain a Supplier License. A Supplier License is valid for 5 years after the date of issuance, and it is renewable for additional 5-year periods.11 Applicants are subject to an initial application fee of $5,000, and upon approval, a license fee of $5,000 to the MGCB at the time of the formal issuance.12 Thereafter, a renewal fee of $2,500 will be due to the board each year on the anniversary of the license issuance or renewal date.13

Provisional iGaming Supplier License

Prior to the approval of an iGaming Supplier License, the MGCB has the authority to issue a provisional iGaming Supplier License to allow the applicant to conduct business before an official license is issued.14 With a provisional license, an applicant for a Supplier License can operate their business during the investigation period as they continue to work with the MGCB and provide any supplemental information needed and perform the necessary interviews required in the process. In order to apply for a provisional license approval, applicants must submit a completed application and its associated fee in addition to required disclosure forms.

The MGCB can also request and require additional documentation and materials to supplement the application. The application process includes a criminal history check of the applicant, affiliates, and key persons.15 In addition, to qualify for a provisional license, the applicant must also submit a letter of intent to provide goods or services to a licensed iGaming Operator.16 The timeline to obtain a provisional license generally falls within a two-to-four-month period, but the determination is discretionary, and the length of time can vary for each applicant.

Platform Providers

Platform providers are a special type of Supplier License in Michigan that is reviewed with increased scrutiny. In addition to the list of requirements that all Supplier License applicants must meet, a platform provider must obtain a written determination approving their platform for distribution after complying with MGCB lab testing requirements.17 Platform providers also are charged with working closely with their Operator partner in the development of internal controls, audit functions, and tax payment process to ensure compliance with applicable state laws and regulations.

Additionally, platform providers are required to adhere to a number of responsible gaming requirements and initiatives in Michigan as determined by the statute, rules and the MGCB.


In applying for a Supplier License, an iGaming Supplier applicant or licensee, affiliate that has control of an iGaming Operator applicant or licensee, or other person that has control of an iGaming Operator or iGaming Supplier applicant or licensee must notify the board, of any such company, person or individual that has:

• Over 5% ownership (either via direct ownership or diluted ownership).
• The ability to control the company.
• The ability to elect one or more directors.

If any of the above are true, that entity or individual must submit the required information and be subjected to all appropriate financial and criminal background checks as part of the license application.

In certain circumstances, there can be exceptions to these provisions. An Institutional Investor who owns, for investment purposes, less than 25% holdings in a person or Supplier who has applied for or holds an iGaming Operator license or iGaming Supplier License may file an exemption form for exemption from the eligibility and suitability requirements of the Act.18 The following activities qualify as being for investment purposes only:

• Voting, directly or indirectly, through the delivery of a proxy furnished by the board of directors, on all matters voted on by the holders of the voting securities.
• Serving as a member of a committee of creditors or security holders formed in connection with a debt restructuring. Page 15 Courtesy of Michigan Administrative Rules
• Nominating a candidate for election or appointment to the board of directors in connection with a debt restructuring.
• Accepting appointment or election as a member of the board of directors in connection with a debt restructuring and serving in that capacity until the conclusion of the member's term.
• Making financial and other inquiries of management of the type normally made by securities analysts for information purposes and not to cause a change in its management, policies, or operations.
• Other activities that the board determines to be consistent with the investment intent.19

All Institutional Investors, regardless of holdings percentage, must notify the board of the acquiring of interest within 14 days of the transfer or of the filing of the 13-D or 13 G forms, or both. Institutional Investors are also subject to the possibility of a finding of suitability as discretionally required by the board.

Vendor Registration

Vendor registration is the least restrictive licensing process. A Vendor may need to register if it “provides goods or services, or both, directly or indirectly, to an iGaming Operator or iGaming platform provider in connection with its Michigan iGaming operation.”20 Vendors must be registered prior to providing service or goods to a licensed Operator or Supplier.21 To register, a Vendor must submit a completed application for registration to the board with all disclosure forms.

Any Vendor who provides over $100,000 worth of goods or services in a calendar year to any iGaming Operator or iGaming platform provider must apply for a Vendor Registration License. Affiliate marketers (without revenue sharing), payment processors, data centers, and any other person or entity deemed necessary by the MGCB can qualify as needing to be a Registered Vendor.22

An affiliated marketer has an additional certification statement related to marketing of illegal online gaming sites that is required with the vendor registration.

It is important to note that an iGaming Operator or an iGaming platform provider is prohibited from using an unregistered vendor to provide goods or services that require a vendor registration. Any entity doing so is at risk of substantial penalties in the state of Michigan.

Per rule, registration is not required for the following:

• Insurance companies.
• A person or entity that provides legal services.
• Entities providing medical related services.
• Michigan public institutions of higher education.
• Public utilities regulated by the Michigan public service commission.
• A Michigan or federally chartered depository financial institution.
• A person or business that provides goods or services as a result of the licensee’s employees engaging in business travel, including transportation, lodging, food, and fuel providers.
• A person who provides employee training or professional development to a licensee.
• A person who provides conferences, seminars, publications, or memberships that will directly contribute to the work performance or professional development of the licensee’s employees.23

During the application process, criminal records, suspension of licenses, business reputation, associations, and compliance with gaming laws, among others, are items considered during the investigation period. Vendor registrants and applicants must always conduct themselves in the manner that does not compromise the integrity of iGaming.24

To register, Vendors must file a completed application and required disclosure forms to the MGCB.25 Registration is valid for 5 years and applicants must submit an application fee of $200.26

Internet Gaming- General Resources

As the iGaming market is maturing in Michigan, several other resources are available for review. Below are several sources of reputable information for your review:

• For those interested in learning more about licensing requirements, responsible gaming, or other Michigan gaming resources, visit the MGCB website at
• If you are seeking additional seeking guidance or counsel for licensing requirements, please visit
• Current game certification offered by GLI, please visit
• Michigan responsible gaming resources are available at
1Lawful Internet Gaming Act (MCL 432.301 - 432.322) created by Public Act 152 of 2019 (Enrolled House Bill 4311) on December 20, 2019 and subsequently amended by Public Act 327 of 2020 (Enrolled Senate Bill 991) on December 29, 2020 and Public Act 269 of 2022 (Enrolled Senate Bill 1111) on December 22, 2022
2MCL 432.303 Sec. 3 (q)
3MCL 432.303 Sec. 3 (w)
4MCL 432.303 Sec. 3 (v)
5R 432.629 (1)
6R 432.625 (b)(2)(a)
7MCL 432.308 Sec. 8 (1) // Rule 622 (4)
8R 622 (3)(f)(i)
9R 432.622 (3)(f)(i)
10R 432.622 (3)(f)
11MCL 432.306 Sec. 6 (3) // Rule 627 (1-2)
12MCL 432.308 Sec. 8 (6) // Rule 624
13MCL 432.308 Sec. 8 (8)
14MCL 432.308 Sec. 8 (2)
15R 432.625c (1)(a-d)
17R 432.632a
18R 432.621e (2)
19R 432.621e (5)
20R 432.629 (1).
22R 432.629
23R 432.629 (1)(d).
24R 432.629 (3)(a).
25R 432.629 (1)(e)
26R 432.629 (1-2).

Gaming industry advisor Regulatory Management Counselors, P.C. authored this article. Visit the Gaming Advisors section of this website to find out more about gaming licensing and compliance advisors.