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state commissioner

Eric Cioppa (Retired)

STATE phone
(207) 624-8475

Maine Bureau of Insurance

Appointments & Terminations

Required to report appointments?


Permits Just-in-time (JIT) appointments?


Initial appointment deadlines

Within 15 days of contract execution or first business submission

Initial appointment deadline rule

Appointments must be submitted within 15 days of the date the agent/agency contract is executed or the first piece of business is submitted to the carrier

Can be processed via nipr?


Fees for appointing a resident agency or individual?


Fees for appointing a non resident agency or individual?


Appoint agencies?


Agency appointment covers affiliated producers?


Adjuster appointments via NIPR?


Appointment effective date can be specified?


Appointment effective date rule

Required and is date supplied on transaction. Must not be in the future or precede appointee/appointer's licensure. Must be less than 20 days old.

State requires appointment renewal?


Appointment renewals via

Appointment renewals in Maine are handled through an invoice mailed to the Producer Licensing Contact on file with the state.

When is the state renewal period?

Maine renewals are due every two years based on the date of your company’s anniversary month. If your company was first licensed in Maine between January and June, your producer appointment renewals will be in even years. If your company was first licensed July through December, renewals are due in odd years

Appointment renewal fee

$30 for resident license / $70 for non resident

Appointment Terminated if license expires?


Terminations processed via NIPR?


Termination reasons

Termination reason code is not required

Termination date can be specified by carrier?


Termination Effective date rule

Required and is the date supplied on transaction. Must not be in the future and must be less than 20 days old and must not precede the effective date of the appointment

Termination notes

ME does perpetual licenses, but if a license is canceled or suspended or CE is not met in 60 days of license renewal period end, appointments are canceled

Termination fee

No fee


Initial individual new license fee

Resident New License Insurance Producer: $40 (All LOAs excluding Surplus Lines) Resident New License Insurance Producer: $180 (Surplus Lines) Resident New License Producer Limited: $40 Non Resident New License Insurance Producer: $70 (All lines of authority except Surplus Lines) Non Resident New License Insurance Producer: $180 (Surplus Lines) Non Resident New License Producer Limited $70.00

What is the resident individual producer license renewal date?

Last day of birth month every 2 years based on year of birth

When does the nonresident individual producer license renewal period begin?


What is the nonresident individual producer license renewal date?

None, perpetual

Can a producer use a P.O. Box in their resident or business address?

For individual's business address only

Are individuals required to list their county as part of the address?


What addresses are required for individual license maintenance?

Residence, Business, and Mailing

State individual licenses include

Intermediary Insurer Domestic, LHF Insurance Company Foreign, PCF Insurance Company Foreign, Risk Retention Group Foreign, Viaticle Provider Foreign, Temporary Resident, Employee Leasing Foreign, Managing General Agent Nonresident, Med Utilization Review Serv Foreign, Preferred Provider Foreign, Third Party Administrator Foreign, Advisory Organization Domestic, Reinsurance Intermediary Broker Nonresident, Reinsurance Intermediary Manager Nonresident, Risk Purchasing Group Foreign, Producer (Resident), Producer (Nonresident), Consultant (Resident), Consultant (Nonresident), Adjuster (Resident), Adjuster (Nonresident), Producer - Limited Non-Resident, Producer Limited Resident, Service Contract Admin Foreign, Service Contract Provider Foreign, Pharmacy Benefits Manager Foreign

Appointment Terminated if license expires?


State broker license rule

ME Offers a Consultant license class to Non-residents but does not include, "A licensed insurance producer who receives a fee in lieu of a commission pursuant to section 1450 if the insurance producer receives a fee for the insurance transaction and not for other services provided;" Therefore, brokers are included in Insurance Producer license in Maine. Insurers are not required to appoint Brokers per NAIC PLMA

Broker license notes

Consultant. "Consultant" means any individual who, for a fee, advises or offers to advise any person insured or seeking insurance or named or to be named as beneficiary, or having or to have any interest in or insured under any property and casualty or life and health insurance contract or annuity contract, existing or proposed. A. "To advise" means to provide information relative to coverage, rights or interests under insurance or annuity contracts, or relative to the retention, exchange, surrender, exercise of rights or other disposition of insurance or annuity contracts. "Consultant" does not include: (1) An attorney licensed to practice who is actively practicing law in this State; (2) An insurance actuary and member or associate of the Society of Actuaries or American Academy of Actuaries; (3) A public accountant certified under Title 32, chapter 113 or a certified public accountant who is certified under Title 32, chapter 113 and in active public practice; (4) A licensed insurance producer who receives a fee in lieu of a commission pursuant to section 1450 if the insurance producer receives a fee for the insurance transaction and not for other services provided; (5) A financial institution or a financial institution holding company if the insurance advice is given as part of its trust department rendering insurance advice in a fiduciary capacity; or (6) A person authorized to act as or on behalf of an investment advisor in accordance with Title 32, section 16403 and 16404 to the extent such activities entail providing insurance advice incidental to financial planning advice

Requires pre licensing courses?



Can a sole proprietor be licensed as an entity?


DRLP must have active state license


DRLPs must cumulatively cover all LOAs in application


Agency Licensing renewals

90 days prior to license expiration date until expiration date. Late renewal period ends 90 days after expiration. After late renewal period, applicant must submit through initial licensing application.

Agency License required?


Affiliations: Indicates if producers selling on behalf of/through an entity must be formally affiliated with that entity and if the entity must notify the department of changes

Producers must be formally affiliated when selling on behalf of entity & changes must be reported.

Branch office

Branch office must be licensed


Requires adjuster license?


Offers designated home state?


DHS exam required?


Reciprocity states


Which states require an exam for reciprocity?


Independent adjuster LOAS

Property & Casualty, Multi-Peril Crop, Workers' Compensation, Limited - Non Resident

Independent adjuster fees

Licensing Fee (Resident): $45. Amendment Fee (Resident): $45 Reinstatement Fee (Resident): $45 Renewal Fee (Resident): $30 Licensing Fee (NR): $75 Reinstatement Fee (NR): $75 Renewal Fee (NR): $60

Independent adjuster exam required?


Independent adjuster details

Non residents can only hold the Limited line of authority.

Emergency adjuster details

An adjuster license is not required for an adjuster if sent to the state by an authorized insurer in the case of a declared catastrophe. Note the rules announced in the catastrophe announcements.

Continuing Education

Total hours per renewal period


Renewal period

2 years

License renewal date is

Last day of birth month

License renewal year based on...

Year of birth

When is the CE due?

Prior licensee birth month, biennially. Licensees born in odd-numbered years will renew in odd years, licensees born in even-numbered years will renew in even years. Licenses are perpetual but will be marked inactive if CE credits are not completed on time.

How long before expiration does state send CE reminder?

6 months before CE due date

Exemptions to CE

Limited lines agents who don't sell annuities and surplus lines agents are exempt from CE.

What if a producer missed the renewal date?

The license will remain active 60 days after your CE due date to give you time to complete and submit your outstanding CE. If you do that, you’ll have a late penalty, but your license will remain in good standing. If you miss that 60-day period, you’ll need to retake the licensing exam and apply to reinstate your license.

CE instructors get credit for teaching courses?

Yes, once per course every four years

Ethics requirements


Flood-specific CE requirements

3 hours of NFIP course

LTC-specific CE requirements

8-hour initial certification, with 4 hours of LTC-specific training each renewal cycle thereafter

Annuity-specific CE requirements

One-time, 4-hour course

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