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Posted on: April 30, 2021

City Issues Reminder on Solicitor's License Process

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April 30, 2021 – The City of Midland reminds individuals and organizations who engage in door-to-door sales that a solicitor’s license issued by the City is required for this activity.

Section 15-100 of the City’s Code of Ordinances requires that individuals who wish to engage in door-to-door solicitation in the City limits must obtain a solicitor’s license from the City Clerk’s office. Solicitors are required to complete a form, pass a background check, and provide a two-inch by two-inch photo taken within the last 60 days before a license will be used. Printable forms are available online at www.cityofmidlandmi.gov/licenses or in person at the City Clerk’s office, located inside City Hall.

Solicitor’s licenses are valid for one (1) year and expire on April 30 regardless of the date it was issued. The fee is $20 for each individual going door-to-door.

The following groups are required to secure a solicitor’s license: 

  • Door-to-door sales (ex: books, magazines, etc.)
  • Canvassing groups 
  • Gas, energy, or other utility companies 
  • Any other door-to-door sales, canvassers, or groups as defined by Section 15-100 of the ordinance

Individuals soliciting under the direct supervision of any nonprofit, educational, fraternal, charitable, or religious organization with headquarters or a local chapter in the City (ex: local Girl Scouts) are exempt from this ordinance. 

Due to the time required to process background checks and receive certification from the Chief of Police, applicants are advised that solicitor license applications may take three (3) or more days to process. 

For more information, contact the City Clerk’s office at 989-837-3310 or visit www.cityofmidlandmi.gov/clerk

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