Frequently Asked Questions
Professional Development Hours
What are the licensure fees?
The fees established by the Board can be found in chapter 5 of the Rules, here: http://www.maine.gov/professionalengineers/laws_rules/index.html
What forms of payment do you accept?
The online renewal process accepts Visa and MasterCard.
By mail we accept checks and money orders made payable to “Treasurer, State of Maine.”
Who must be licensed?
Anyone who practices professional engineering in Maine must be licensed in Maine. The practice of engineering is defined in statute as “any professional service, such as consultation, investigation, evaluation, planning, design or responsible supervision of construction in connection with any public or private utilities, structures, buildings, machines, equipment, processes, works or projects, wherein the public welfare or the safeguarding of life, health or property is concerned or involved, when such professional service requires the application of engineering principles and data.” 32 M.R.S.A. §1251 (3).
Are there any special requirements for businesses that offer engineering services in Maine?
No. Maine does not license engineering businesses or require ownership or control by an engineer. The only requirement is that any engineering services must be performed by professional engineers licensed in Maine.
How do I change the name on my license?
Send a written notification of the name change and supply the official documentation that authorizes the name change, e.g. marriage certificate, divorce decree, adoption papers, probate documents, etc. If you are requesting a new wall certificate with your new name, please include a check or money order in $USD for the appropriate fee.
When does my PE license expire?
Your PE license expires on December 31 of every odd-numbered year.
How late may I renew online?
Up to 90 days after the expiration of your license. After 90 days, you must renew directly to the office. Please contact the office for details if you are renewing more than 90 days after your license expires.
When do I have to pay a late fee?
When you renew after December 31.
You must include a $10 late fee if you renew after December 31 and before 90 days after expiration.
You must include a $25.00 late fee if you renew more than 90 days after expiration.
When can I expect to receive my new pocket card?
Approximately two weeks after payment.
Does my Engineer-Intern certification expire?
No. Your engineer-intern certification is valid for life.
Retired Status or Inactive Status
Can I change my status from Active to Retired online?
No. New retirees must mail in their application and payment.
What is Retired status?
Retired status is intended only for licensees who are retired from the practice of engineering and do not intend to practice in the future.
Retired status is an UNLICENSED status intended only for licensees who retire from the practice of engineering and do not intend to practice ever again. Anyone who adopts this status is at risk of not being able to return to full licensure. Current Maine statute requires that anyone whose license lapses for more than 90 days reapply for licensure and meet all CURRENT licensure requirements. There is a waiver option of up to three years for examinations, but it will not exempt education requirements.
The only purpose of the Retired status is for the Retired licensee to continue to receive mailings from the Board. Retired status is not intended for people who may reactivate their license in the future.
Can I renew my Retired status online?
Yes. Once you are Retired, you may renew online. The fee is $10 for two years.
Can I place my license in Inactive status?
No. Maine does not have an inactive status. You are either licensed or unlicensed. If you allow your license to lapse more than 90 days you are required by statute to meet all CURRENT licensure standards.
How do I request verification of my licensure?
- Go to http://ncees.org/supplemental/launch-login/
- Select the jurisdiction(s) to which you are applying. You can choose more than one.
- Select the jurisdiction (Maine) that you need to verify your license.
- Fill out the personal information and follow the instructions to submit the request.
- Please do not make multiple requests within minutes of each other – allow the system a few minutes to process your request.
- We will receive an email requesting verification.
- We will complete the verification and it will be sent to the board(s) you specify
- When the verification is sent, you will receive email notification.
How much does it cost to verify my license?
There is no fee for providing verification of licensure.
Professional Development Hours
How many PDHs can I carry forward to the next renewal period?
You can carry forward PDHs in excess of 30 PDHs, up to a maximum of 15 PDHs. If audited, you must be able to provide sufficient documentation from the prior renewal to substantiate the carryover, in addition to providing documentation for the current renewal period.
What kind of documentation should I provide with my renewal?
If you renew during the renewal period, send only the renewal card and continuing education card indicating the number of PDHs earned and carried forward.
If you are audited, or if you renew more than 90 days after license expiration, you must submit a completed Activity Log and complete documentation of the PDHs claimed.
You are required to maintain an Activity Log documenting the professional development you will claim. You can download the Activity Log from the website.
You must keep receipts or certificates or other documentation sufficient to demonstrate your completion of the PDHs claimed.
The Board will inspect your log and documentation if you are audited.
Failure to provide sufficient documentation of completion of PDHs could result in board discipline.