Regulation of Transient Sales

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The staff of the Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation

Purpose

It is the intent of the Legislature to require the licensing of Transient Sellers who engage in the business of selling merchandise to consumers by means of personal contact or telephone contact by persons who do not have a permanent place of business in the State of Maine.

The primary responsibilities of the Office are to review the credentials of qualified applicants for registration as transient sellers, to promulgate rules as necessary, investigate complaints and take appropriate disciplinary action for noncompliance of current laws and rules.

Notice Regarding License Verification Requests (PDF)

Effective March 1, 2019, the Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation (OPOR) will no longer issue paper license verifications. License verifications are available, free of charge, on OPOR’s official database, https://www.pfr.maine.gov/ALMSOnline/ALMSQuery/Welcome.aspx?board=4077. This database is updated in real time as changes occur. The Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation considers this information to be a secure, primary source for license verification.

Future correspondence from Regulation of Transient Sales will be sent to you by email, so please be sure to keep your contact information current. Follow this link to verify your contact information.

10 Day Notification

NOTICE TO APPLICANTS:

Federal Trade Commission, 16 CFR, Part 310.2 (cc), defines Telemarketing to mean:

"a plan, program, or campaign which is conducted to induce the purchase of goods or services or a charitable contribution, by use of one or more telephones and which involves more than one interstate telephone call. The term does not include the solicitation of sales through the mailing of a catalog which: contains a written description or illustration of the goods or services offered for sale; includes the business address of the seller; includes multiple pages of written material or illustrations; and has been issued not less frequently than once a year, when the person making the solicitation does not solicit customers by telephone but only receives calls initiated by customers in response to the catalog and during those calls takes orders only without further solicitation. For purposes of the previous sentence, the term ‘‘further solicitation’’ does not include providing the customer with information about, or attempting to sell, any other item included in the same catalog which prompted the customer’s call or in a substantially similar catalog."