The implementation and maintenance of the statewide 9-1-1 system is funded by a surcharge on all subscriber wire line, post-paid wireless and VoIP telephone numbers in Maine, as well as prepaid wireless cards at Point of Sale. The statute governing the surcharge can be found in 25 MRSA §2927.
The E9-1-1 Surcharge is $.45 per line or number/per month. (See 25 MRSA §2927 1-E.)
Remitting E9-1-1 Surcharge
As of October 2013, for all services other than prepaid wireless*, please remit surcharge based on the following rules:
Carriers with surcharge revenue averaging less than $5,000 per month:
Months Surcharge Received Remittance Due
October, November, December January
January, February, March April
April, May, June July
July, August, September October
Carriers with surcharge revenue averaging greater than $5,000 per month:
Carriers with surcharge revenue averaging greater than $5,000 per month shall remit the statewide E9-1-1 surcharge revenues collected from its customers within one month of the month collected.
Whether remitting quarterly or monthly all service providers other than prepaid wireless should complete the attached form and send it along with a check payable to Treasurer State of Maine to the following address:
- Treasurer State of Maine
- Emergency Services Communication Bureau
- 18 State House Station
- Augusta, ME 04333-0018
*Collection and Remitting the Prepaid Wireless Fee as of January 1, 2017
The E9-1-1 surcharge for Prepaid Wireless is applied and remitted as part of a single, point-of-sale Prepaid Wireless Fee on retail transactions. As of January 1, 2017, the Prepaid Wireless Fee amount to be collected is $1.16, which is made up of the following:
E9-1-1 $ .45 (the current statutory surcharge amount);
MUSF $ .53
MTEAF $ .18
Instructions on collection and remittance can be found in P.L. 2011, ch. 600.
More information on the prepaid wireless fee as established by the Maine Public Utilities Commission: