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Who is licensed in Maine?
More than 100,000 people hold job-related licenses in Maine, according to the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation.

They’re electricians, dietitians, land surveyors, pharmacists, auctioneers and members of three dozen other professions.

Each pays an annual fee – from a high of $600 for podiatrists to a low of $20 for barbers – and is accountable to a board that monitors standards and ethics.

From July 2003 to June 2004, 528 people filed complaints against license-holders, spokesman David Bragdon said. The various boards have closed 451 of those cases to date, dispensing disciplinary actions on 255 people.

Most common infraction: not revealing a criminal conviction on a license application, which ends in a fine and reprimand.


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