Surcharge

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.  

E9-1-1 Surcharge

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.

Remittance instructions

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

Surcharge Remittance Form

Telephone Company Contact Form

 

*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

Total               $1.16  

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: