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Obtaining a Contractor's License in Maine
While Maine is home to many skilled and trustworthy contractors, it's up to the consumers to determine whether or not someone is competent enough to perform the job. This is because Maine does not license or regulate general contractors.
Suppose you're looking to start your own contracting company and are curious about the steps to operate out of a fully legal business entity. You may still need to apply for certain licenses depending on the work you're doing.
Although general contractors can work without a license in Maine, you will need a license for:
- Electrical work
- Architecture, or interior design
- Asbestos removal
- Lead abatement
- Underground oil tank removal
If any of these specialties apply to you, find all the necessary details to get your contractor's license in Maine all set up here!
What You Can Expect From Us
When you work with the Contractor Training Center to prepare your contractors' license applications, you can expect the guidance and knowledge you need to navigate the process.
If you're confused while looking at all of the contractor licensing forms and applications, you're not alone. We help people just like you make sense of the various requirements so you can get your own contracting company up and running or work under another company as a licensed, specialized contractor.
We'll help you compile all the necessary information and fill out the required forms to feel confident when it comes time to submit to the state. We'll also handle the submission on your behalf to ensure proper and timely delivery.
Our Contractor License Application Fulfillment Service comes with one consulting session before the application process even begins to go over everything and double-check that you're applying for the right licenses – nothing more, nothing less.
Using the appropriate forms, we'll collaborate with you to fill out and review your application with an eye for detail before confirming their completion and sending off to the appropriate state licensing agency.
If your application happens to be rejected for some reason, we're still here for you. We'll get together on another consulting session to either appeal the denial or reapply.
We understand the energy and time lost when someone has to apply, reapply, and reapply again. Rather than holding you back from your dream job for weeks – maybe even months – the Contractor Training Center will help you earn your license fast!
The Benefits of Having a Contractor's License in Maine
There are benefits to getting a contractor's license in Maine, both for you and your future customers. Though you won't get a license through the state of Maine, you can register for one at a local level through your municipality.
Additionally, if you want to add any specialty work like plumbing or electrical to your services, you'll need a state license for those.
Gives You Credibility
A Professional "Stamp of Approval"
It's appealing to homeowners and business owners to see that a governmental agency has given their stamp of approval on you and your work. It takes some of the pressure off of them to vet you when they know that the state has already done its due diligence.
Increases Your Earning Potential
Bigger Jobs, Better Paychecks
As a plumber or electrician, getting a license is the logical next step. It will help you secure bigger jobs that earn more money. Even if you just have local credentials as a general contractor, flashing your license in front of homeowners can help you win the bid.
The state of Maine warns homeowners about their lack of regulation on general contractors. Under the "buyer beware" approach, homeowners will want to see proof of your professionalism.
A license shows that you're credibly and trustworthy as a business.
How To Get a Contractors License in Maine
Wondering how you can get your contractor's license and everything else you need to be a fully operational contracting company? The steps below outline everything you need to know.
Step 1: Register Your Business
First, register your business. Use Maine's online Business Answers page to provide information about the business you're looking to start. You'll receive a compiled list of all the permits, licenses, and other qualifications you'll need. Make sure you complete all of these steps.
Step 2: Set Up Tax ID
Next, it's time to set up your Tax ID number. You can find all the information you need on Maine business taxes through their state taxation portal. To access any required Maine Revenue Service forms like your sales use or general tax forms, head to the website for their Department of Administrative and Financial Services.
Step 3: Obtain Workers’ Compensation Insurance
As a contractor, it's critical to acquire your workers' compensation coverage. Maine law requires most employers to have workers' comp, and it's especially important for physically demanding jobs like contracting. Without it, you may face penalties by the Workers' Compensation Board.
Step 4: Decide What Type of License Your Business Needs
As mentioned previously, Maine does not manage or regulate general contractors. However, if you plan to offer any specialty trade work, like electrical or landscaping, additional licenses are required. You'll need to determine what types of additional licenses your business will need.
You'll need to pass an exam and apply for a plumbing license to provide plumbing work. You can find the necessary steps for this license at the Plumbing Examining Board. You can apply for any of these licenses:
● Master plumber
● Journeyman plumber
● Trainee plumber
● Journeyman-in-training plumber
Make sure you have the following to apply:
● Completed application form
● Proof of experience and hours worked
● License and application fee
● Proof of passed exam
Electricians also must take a plumbing exam and submit an application for a state license. Get started on this process through the Electricians' Examining Board. You can apply for the following different licenses:
● Limited electrician
● Master electrician
● Journeyman electrician
● Apprentice electrician
● Helper electrician
● Journeyman-in-training electrician
To apply, here's what you'll need:
● Completed application
● Proof of work experience with hours worked in the field
● License and application fees
● Proof of passed exam
Architecture, Landscaping, and Interior Design License
There are additional requirements if you want to become a licensed architect, landscaper, or interior designer in Maine:
- To be an interior designer, you'll need to show proof of completed education requirements. You'll also need to pass the NCIDQ exam.
- As a landscaper, you'll need to pass the LARE or qualify with CLARB or reciprocity.
- Lastly, to become an architect you must be NCARB certified and apply for a license.
Door to Door Home Repair License
If you're planning to sell home repair door to door, you don't need to take an exam but you'll need to apply for a state license and pass a criminal background check.
Which Exam Should You Take?
Take either the electrician's exam, plumbing exam, or NCIDQ exam for landscapers, architects, and interior designers. No exam is needed for general contractors or door-to-door home repair salespeople.
Take the Exam
You will need to schedule a time to take the exam online or call (800) 343-6001 and pay the exam fee of $75.
Preparing for the Contractors Exam
How to best prepare for your statewide classification exams is up to you. Some people will feel confident going into the exam without much studying because of hundreds or thousands of hours spent in the field learning.
Others may need to find a prep book to read through to remind themselves of the important concepts and terms that will be on the exam. Some people feel their best taking an exam prep class with other potential licensees to get hands-on learning before the test comes.
There's also some information and documents you'll need to prepare for your license applications. This can be stressful to handle all on your own, which is why the Contractor License Application Fulfillment Service from Contractor Training Center can be so helpful.
With this service, you'll get an initial consultation, application guidance, application delivery, and consultation to reapply or appeal your denial if necessary. This service can help ensure you get your license on the first try.
Contact Contractor Training Today
If you're ready to move forward with your contracting business, the next step is getting a registered business license and passing the exam. You'll also need qualifications for any additional specialized work you may be doing under your business name, like plumbing, electrical work, or landscaping.
Get started on the process with the help of the experts at Contractor Training Center by contacting us today!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
You'll need to check in with the municipalities at the local county outside of Maine that you'd like to do work in.
No, the state of Maine does not regulate or license general contractors. You will only need a license for plumbing, electrical work, or abatement work.
Unfortunately, the NASCLA license is not accepted in Maine.
You will need to register your construction company in Maine either online or by sending your registration application to the following address:
Maine State Department
101 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
You can easily use Maine's Entity Search to see if a company name is still available for you to use as a registered business name.