Engineering Licensing Compliance Guide

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Maine Engineering Industry Licensing

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Licensing requirements for engineering industry firms and individuals in Maine.

This page provides an overview of engineering industry licensing in Maine for individuals and firms. You will find state requirements, application fees, filing instructions, and more. For assistance with licensing, please contact us to learn about our software and managed license services.

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Maine Engineering Company Licenses

Maine Engineering Firm License

Not required



Engineering Firm licensure is not required on the State level in Maine.

More information: Maine Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers
Law:

32 M.R.S. § 1253

 

Eligible Entity Types:
  • Business Corporations
  • Professional Corporations
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • Partnerships
  • Joint Stock Associations
Ownership Requirements:

Business Corporations:

  • Officers and directors need not be licensed, but the practice of engineering must be carried on only by engineers licensed in Maine.

Professional Corporations:

  • A majority of the directors of a Maine PC and all of its officers, except the clerk, secretary and treasurer, must be licensed in a professional service performed by the firm.
  • All shareholders must either be licensed in a professional service performed by the firm or otherwise qualified under 13 MRS § 741.

Limited Liability Companies:

  • Members and managers need not be licensed, but the practice of engineering must be carried on only by engineers licensed in Maine.

Partnerships:

  • Partners need not be licensed, but the practice of engineering must be carried on only by engineers licensed in Maine.

Maine Geology Firm License

Not required



Geology Firm licensure is not required on the State level in Maine.

More information: Maine Office of Professional and Financial Regulation - Board of Certification for Geologists and Soil Scientists

Maine Land Surveying License

Not required



Land Surveying Firm licensure is not required on the State level in Maine.

A firm, copartnership, corporation or joint stock association may engage in the practice of land surveying in Maine, provided that the practice is carried on only by land surveyors licensed in the State. See 32 M.R.S. § 1253. 

More information: Maine Office of Professional and Financial Regulation - Board of Licensure for Professional Land Surveyors
Law:

Licensing Statute – 32 M.R.S. § 1251, et seq.

Licensing Regulations – 02 C.M.R. 322, Chapters 1-3 

Individual Licenses

Maine Individual Engineering Licenses

Maine Engineer Intern Certification

Agency:Maine Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers
Fact Checked:7/3/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Engineer Intern Certification

Agency Fee:

$10

Fact Checked:11/2/18

Renewal Not Required

Not required



Maine Geologist License

Agency:Maine Office of Professional and Financial Regulation - Board of Certification for Geologists and Soil Scientists
Fact Checked:8/20/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Individual License Application

Agency Fee:

$25 application fee + $170 license fee + $21 background check fee.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$170

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Maine Land Surveyor-in-Training License

Agency:Maine Office of Professional and Financial Regulation - Board of Licensure for Professional Land Surveyors
Fact Checked:6/4/19

Initial Registration

Form:

LSIT License Application

Agency Fee:

$196

Fact Checked:6/3/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$175

Due:

By December 31 of odd-numbered years.

Fact Checked:6/3/19

Maine Professional Engineer License

Agency:Maine Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers
Fact Checked:7/3/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Professional Engineer License

Agency Fee:

$25 application fee + $40 per year licensure fee.

Fact Checked:11/2/18

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$80

Due:

By December 31 of odd-numbered years.

Fact Checked:11/2/18

Maine Professional Land Surveyor License

Agency:Maine Office of Professional and Financial Regulation - Board of Licensure for Professional Land Surveyors
Fact Checked:6/4/19

Initial Registration

Form:

PLS Request for Examination

Agency Fee:

$150 exam fee + $275 license fee due after approval.

Fact Checked:6/3/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$275

Due:

By December 31 of odd-numbered years.

Fact Checked:6/3/19

Maine Soil Scientist License

Agency:Maine Office of Professional and Financial Regulation - Board of Certification for Geologists and Soil Scientists

Initial Registration

Form:

Soil Scientist Exam Application

Agency Fee:

$25 application fee + $170 license fee + $21 background check fee.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$170

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Learn about engineering licensing in other states:

Design Firm - Engineering firm registration is sometimes grouped with architecture and land surveying on a single “design firm” application form.

EI (Engineering Intern) - A term also used to describe an Engineer in Training.

EIT (Engineer in Training) - A professional designation granted upon having completed at least 3 years of school at an ABET-accredited university and having passed the FE exam.

FE (Fundamentals of Engineering) - An exam testing on basic engineering principles that is required to become an engineer in training.

PE (Professional Engineer or 'Principles and Practice in Engineering') - Means either Professional Engineer or refers to the Principles and Practice in Engineering exam that is a prerequisite for an engineering license.

Reciprocity - When a licensed engineer in one state can provide documentation (often an NCEES Record) to more easily apply for a license in another jurisdiction.

Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)
Accrediting board that sets standards for university programs in a variety of applied science disciplines.

American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)
Engineering, architecture, and land surveying advocacy group.

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Organization that provides continuing education, professional conferences, and advocacy efforts to the civil engineering community.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Mechanical engineering organization that focuses on education and professional development.

Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC)
Reviews accreditation requirements and makes final decisions regarding the accreditation process.

National Council of Examiners for Engineering & Surveying (NCEES)
Develops, administers, and scores the exams used for engineering licenses.

National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)
NSPE is an advocacy group for professional engineers.

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