Licensing Information

Licensing Hours 

Wednesday 8:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.
Friday and Saturday 1:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.

Hours are subject to change without notice.​

Step by Step Guide to Obtain a License

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

Michigan Gaming Control Board Rules and Guidelines

A current MGCB horse racing license is required to race
or enter the Stable Areas at Northville Downs.

Your license must be displayed upon entry to the Stable Area
and worn at all times while in the Paddock.

If you do not have your license, you will not be permitted to enter
the stable area.

Licenses can be obtained on site at the MGCB Licensing center
located between the Judges Office and Race Office at Northville Downs.

Links to MGCB Announcements

Lasix Guidelines

Use of Whip

Equine Steroid Use

Deceased Horse Protocol