Welcome to the website of the Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation, an agency within the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation. We appreciate your visit to our homepage and we look forward to assisting you.
Although our building in Gardiner, Maine is not open to the public due to the COVID-19 health emergency, our staff remains available to resolve your complaints, answer your questions, and continue to deliver high-quality services to consumers and regulated industries.
Please contact us by email or by phone or through our other online services, and we will assist you.
You may follow this link to the Secretary of State's office to view a list of board members. Members of the public should not contact board members with questions or comments. All questions, comments or any other board-related matters must be directed to the Board’s manager. (Matthew.S.Kaply@maine.gov 207-624-8605)
The Electricians' Examining Board was established to protect the public from hazards arising from the use of electricity for light, heat, power and other purposes through the regulation of electricians in Maine.
The primary responsibility of the Board is to ensure the competency of electricians through examination; to issue licenses to those qualified to hold the title of Master electrician, Journeyman electrician, Limited electrician, Apprentice electrician, Journeyman-in-training electrician or Helper electrician; to investigate complaints of noncompliance with or violations of the law and board rules; and to issue permits.
Electricians’ Examining Board announces a new inspector.
The Electricians’ Examining Board would like to welcome Joe Sewell to the team as an Electrical Inspector. Joe is a licensed master electrician and joined the team in October 2022. He brings over 25 years of experience in all types of electrical work to his position. His coverage area is Somerset, Piscataquis, and Aroostook counties. Joe can be reached on his cell phone at 207-592-3506 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated Guidance and Retiring of Covid-19 Prevention Checklists, May 26, 2021 (PDF)
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=4220. 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.
Licenses and other communications from the Electricians' Examining Board 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.
*Depending on your email security settings communications from the board, including licenses, may be directed to your junk/spam folders. Please be sure to check these folders for board communications from email@example.com.*
How to apply for a license
2020 NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE - EFFECTIVE JULY 2, 2021
Notice of Agency Rulemaking Proposal, Chapter 180 (PDF)
Chapter 180- Licensure by Endorsement
The Electricians' Examining Board has proposed a rule Chapter 180, Licensure by Endorsement. Comments on the proposed rules may be submitted to the Regulatory Board Manager by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by mailing comments to the Electricians’ Examining Board, Attn: Matthew Kaply, 35 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0035. The deadline for comments is Friday, March 10, 2023 by 5:00 p.m.
This new chapter outlines a pathway for licensure if the applicant presents proof of licensure by another jurisdiction of the United States that maintains substantially equivalent license requirements. The chapter proposes a licensure by endorsement pathway for licensed journeyman and master electricians, and provides what will be considered “substantially equivalent” license requirements in another U.S. jurisdiction.
Full Text of Chapter 180 - Licensure by Endorsement (PDF).
Information and Resources
Examination Information Bulletin
The Electricians' Examining Board has contracted with PROV, Inc. to provide its examinations for approved candidates. The Candidate Information Bulletin (PDF) helps explain the rules and processes candidates will need to undertake to complete the testing requirements for their professional licenses.
List of Towns that issue Electrical Permits (Effective 11/2020)
PERMITS - Towns that issue their own (PDF)
Code Decisions from the Senior Electrical Inspector (02/09/2023)
Solar Field/Farm Signing of Certificates of Completion (PDF)
Solar Disconnects (PDF) Updated
GFCI Protection of Electric Ranges (PDF)
Emergency Disconnects on 1 and 2 Family Dwellings (PDF)
Availability of Metering and Service Equipment (PDF)
Notice to Central Maine Power, Versant Power, Houlton Water, Eastern Maine Electric Co-op, Madison Electric and all other utilities (PDF)
Streetlight Installation/Replacement Advisory
Municipally Owned Streetlight Installation/Replacement Advisory (PDF)
Veterans Preference Policy (adopted February 2017)
MILITARY EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING
The Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation wants to make sure that individuals who have military experience and training and who wish to obtain an electricians license receive appropriate credit for their military training and experience. If you have military experience and training in the electrical field and want to become licensed in Maine as a Master, Journeyman or Limited Electrician, please contact Matt Kaply by telephone at 207-624-8605 or email the office before submitting an application. We will explain the application process and assist you in preparing your application for licensure. Please also see our Veterans Preference Policy (PDF), adopted by the Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation, February 2017.
Electrical Inspector Jurisdiction Map
Map - Effective November 2022 (PDF)
License Reciprocity Information
Reciprocity License Application Instructions (PDF)
Lighting Retrofits Require an Electrical Permit
Permit Requirements for Lighting Retrofits (PDF)
Electrical Wiring of Medical Marijuana Facilities
Electrical Wiring of Medical Marijuana Facilities (PDF)
Clarification of Incidental Work
Clarification of Incidental Work (PDF)
Common 2020 National Electrical Code Violations
Common 2020 National Electrical Code and Electricians Law Violations (PDF)
Memorandum of Understanding for the Installation of Mini Split Heat Pumps
Memorandum of Understanding for Installation of Mini Split Heat Pumps (PDF)
2020 Approved Provider(s) for NEC Courses
On the next page, scroll to the bottom of the page and choose the option "Search Courses" and on the following page in the "In Content Area" box choose either 15-hour NEC code update course or 45-hour NEC code update course.
Easy, Fast, and Convenient Applications - File Online!
All Electrical Permit Applications must be applied for electronically:
- Instructional Guide for assistance with completing the online Electrical Permit Application (PDF)
- Electrical Permit Scope of Work Fee Schedule (PDF)
Requirement to Report Convictions and Changes of Contact Information Within 10 Days of the Occurrence
The Maine State Bureau of Identification contains an online site to provide electronic access to request criminal history record maintained by the Maine State Police, State Bureau of Identification. This records search will provide you with all the conviction and adjudication information for crimes committed within the State of Maine that the Bureau of Identification currently has on record, as well as pending cases less than one year old.
Laws and Rules
New Law Takes Effect June 10, 2019
Public Law Chapter 261 (LD1240) An Act To Provide Career and Technical Training Options for Electricians
Below is a summary of the new law. Please read the full text of the new law.
- Graduates from a secondary school career and technical education electrical program are qualified to sit for the journeyman electrician examination and are credited 1,000 hours in the field of electrical installations toward the requisite 8,000 hours to become licensed.
- Electrical Education Provider Application (PDF) - For New Providers
- Electrical Education Provider Renewal Application (PDF)
- Information from the State Fire Marshal's Office Regarding the Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detector Law
- EPA's Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting Program Rule (PDF)