Professional Engineer Licensing

Anyone practicing or offering to practice professional engineering in Maine must be qualified and must be licensed with the State of Maine. For more detailed information on licensure qualifications, please read our Laws and Rules.

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Initial Licensure (NCEES Record Holder)

Applicants for initial (first-time) licensure who hold a current NCEES Record (including transcripts, FE exam, work experience, and PE references) must:

  1. Pay NCEES to transmit your NCEES Record to Maine;
  2. Complete the online application and payment. 

Please Note: The online application will remind you to send your NCEES Record even if you have already sent it. The state database and the NCEES database are two separate database systems that do not talk to each other. Board staff will match your application and NCEES Record. Staff will reach out to you if your application is incomplete.

Initial Licensure application with separate supporting documents

Applicants for initial (first-time) licensure as a PE in Maine must submit:

  1. Completed online application and payment.
  2. Official transcripts sent directly to the board from your school showing a four-year degree in one of the following (Maine EI skip this step--we have it):
    • Bachelor of Science degree from an ABET-accredited engineering or engineering technology program or equivalent (Note: Equivalency is determined by comparison to the NCEES Education Standard); or
    • Bachelor of Science in engineering, engineering technology or an allied science (i.e. Math, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, etc.).
  3. Passing result on the NCEES Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam (Maine EI skip this step--we have it).
  4. Engineering Employment Verification Forms (PDF) for the required years of engineering experience (4 yrs if accredited, 8 yrs if not accredited) sent directly to the board by the PE or supervisor verifying your work experience.
  5. PE Reference Form (PDF) sent directly to the board by 5 references (3 must be from licensed PEs--they do not have to be from Maine).
  6. Once approved, register with NCEES to take the NCEES Principles and Practices of Engineering examination.
  7. When you are notified that you have passed the exam, pay the appropriate licensure fee to the board.
  8. Your license will be granted upon completion of licensure requirements.
  9. All documents in support of your application should be emailed directly to the board at professional.engineers@maine.gov.

Comity Licensure (NCEES Record Holder)

Applicants for comity licensure as a Professional Engineer who hold a current NCEES Record must:

  1. Pay NCEES to transmit your NCEES Record to Maine;
  2. Complete the online application and payment process.

Comity Licensure application with separate supporting documents

Applicants for comity licensure as a Professional Engineer in Maine must submit:

  1. Completed online application and payment.
  2. Proof of an active license in good standing as a Professional Engineer in an equivalent U.S. or foreign jurisdiction and passing results on the NCEES FE and PE exams. Proof should include completed Exam/Licensure Verification Form (PDF) or NCEES electronic verification sent directly to the board from the jurisdiction where the applicant took the FE exam and PE exam and received initial licensure, as well as from the jurisdiction of current licensure, if different;
  3. Engineering Employment Verification Forms (PDF) sent directly to the board from their employers;
  4. PE Reference Form (PDF) sent directly to the board from each of five references familiar with your work and character, three of whom must be licensed PEs;
  5. Have official transcripts sent directly from your school showing a four-year degree in one of the following:
    • Bachelor of Science degree in an ABET-accredited engineering or engineering technology program or equivalent (Note: Equivalency is determined by comparison to the NCEES Education Standard); or
    • Bachelor of Science in engineering, engineering technology or an allied science (i.e. Math, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, etc.).
  6. All documents in support of your application should be emailed directly to the board at professional.engineers@maine.gov.

Foreign Applicants

Licensure candidates with undergraduate degrees obtained outside the US must have their degree evaluated with an NCEES Credentials Evaluation, unless their degree is from a program accredited by ABET, CEAB, or is equivalent by formal agreement such as the Washington Accord or Sydney Accord. Please be aware that both the NCEES FE and PE exams are required of all licensure applicants. Contact the board office with any questions: professional.engineers@maine.gov