How to Register Your Business in Michigan

Is your company hiring an employee in Michigan, but based in another state? Learn how to register your business in just a few simple steps.

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From the Upper Peninsula to Detroit, the plentiful waters of the Great Lakes sustain life in Michigan. In fact, it's the only state that touches four of the five Great Lakes. In addition to its long coastline, Michiganders love the state for its great beer, starry night skies, and quirky ice cream flavors. Chances are, if your next employee calls The Great Lake State home, they won’t want to leave. Fortunately, in this era of remote work, collaborating across state lines is easy.

Bringing on a new employee can be exciting, but there’s often a lot to do as well. You want to onboard your new hire as quickly and smoothly as possible to ensure their success at your organization. But before you get started with onboarding, you’ll need to register your company with the state of Michigan.

Register your business in Michigan in three easy steps:

  1. First, you’ll need to create an account with Michigan Treasury Online to register with the Michigan Department of Treasury.
  2. Once you’ve logged in, you can click “Start a New Business” to begin the e-Registration process.
  3. Next, you’ll need to register with the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity.  You can do this online through their e-Registration process.

Your application with the Department of Treasury will take two to three days to process. You should receive your Employer Account Number from the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity a few days after registering as well. Once you’ve received your account numbers, you’ll be able to register new employees, file wage reports, and submit unemployment taxes online.

Keep in mind that many municipalities in Michigan levy local income taxes on residents. So make sure you check to see if you are liable for additional income taxes wherever your employee happens to reside.


Interested in expanding your team outside of the US as well? Pilot specializes in managing international payroll, benefits, and compliance for US-based companies, in one secure platform. Our team of HR and payroll experts is happy to guide you through any questions ✨

To learn more about Pilot, request a demo with one of our experts.


⚖️ Legal Disclaimer: The information contained in this site is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject matter.


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