Have you been researching how to get your contractor’s license in Maine? There’s a ton of information out there. And, it can be pretty time consuming to sort through it all.
Well, you’re in luck. I’ve done the work for you. All you need to do is read this how-to guide for navigating the licensing process in Maine. I’ll make it simple and painless to take the next step in your career.
Ready to get started? Let’s go!
The truth is, not every contractor in Maine gets licensed. Unlike other states, Maine doesn’t require general contractors to be licensed—only plumbers, electricians, and contractors who do specialty work. Check out the full list of who needs to be licensed here.
Instead, general contractors need to apply for business licenses. And they need written contracts jobs totaling over $3,000. It’s that easy.
Sound like good news? Well, not so fast.
There are a lot of benefits to getting a license—for you and your customers. Instead of going through the state of Maine, you can register for one through your local city or town, and there are a lot of good reasons for doing so.
A license gives you a professional “stamp of approval” that’s appealing to homeowners. It also:
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Sold on getting a license? If so, read on!
As you know, if you’re an electrician or plumber, you need to get licensed with the state, unlike general contractors. Let’s talk about how that works first.
There are a few different licenses available, depending on your skills and experience. You can apply to be a:
Each license carries different responsibilities, but also requires different levels of training. Learn more about it on the State of Maine’s website .
To apply, you’ll need:
If you’re a plumber looking to get ahead, you can apply for one of these licenses:
Just like electricians, each license carries different responsibilities and requirements. You can learn about it on the State of Maine’s website.
To apply, you’ll need:
Remember, even if Maine doesn’t require you to get a license, it’s a good idea. Check with your local municipal department to ask how it works. Every city and town is a little different, so be prepared.
No matter where you live, you’ll need to license your business too. If you own an LLP or LLC, register with the Bureau of Corporations at the Office of the Secretary of State . If you’re a sole proprietor or work in a general partnership, check with your local municipal department to register.
Along the way, don’t forget to buy a top-notch business insurance plan. Whether you get a license or not, homeowners will ask if you’re insured. You want to be honest. Plus, general liability insurance and workers’ compensation insurance protects you, your business, and any employees if there’s an accident or loss.
The truth is, you never know what could happen, so it makes sense to be prepared. Start looking for the right plan for your business today.
I earned a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin at Madison (go Bucky). After realizing my first job might involve carrying a police scanner at 2 am in pursuit of “newsworthy” crimes, I decided I was better suited for freelance blogging and marketing writing. Since 2010, I’ve owned my freelance writing business, EST Creative. When I’m not penning, doodling ideas, or chatting with clients, you’ll find me hiking with my husband, baby boy, and 2 mischievous mutts.
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