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Last Reviewed / Modified On 24 Apr 2013.

MAINE ADJUSTER LICENSING INFORMATION

License Types

Insurance Adjuster

"Adjuster" means any individual who, as an independent contractor or as an employee of an independent contractor, or as an employee of another organization, for fee, commission or other compensation, investigates for, settles on behalf of and reports to an insurer, fraternal benefit society, workers' compensation self-insurer or insured relative to claims arising under the workers' compensation laws or other types of insurance contracts.
Insurance Adjusters are licensed in Maine.
License type: Individual

Public Adjuster

An adjuster representing an insured is commonly referred to as a “public adjuster.” Public adjusters are required to be licensed in Maine as adjusters, and are required to comply with certain specific standards under the Maine Insurance Code.

Adjusters Trainee

"Adjuster trainee" means any individual with less than one year total experience handling loss claims under insurance contracts or the workers' compensation laws who is not licensed in this State as an adjuster and who is employed by and subject to the immediate personal supervision of an adjuster who is licensed in this State and who has been established in the business of adjusting for 3 years or more.

Catastrophe Investigations and Adjustments

An adjuster license is not required for an adjuster sent into this State on behalf of an authorized insurer or fraternal benefit society for the investigation or adjustment of a particularly unusual or extraordinary loss or of a series of losses resulting from a catastrophe common to all such losses

Exclusions

"Adjuster" does not include:
A. Attorneys admitted to practice in this State; [1997, c. 457, §23 (NEW); 1997, c. 457, §55 (AFF).]
B. Property and casualty insurance adjusters who are employees of insurers; [2009, c. 511, Pt. C, §1 (AMD).]
C. Licensed producers authorized by contract to settle and pay claims within a specified limit established by the insurer or fraternal benefit society not to exceed $5,000; [1997, c. 457, §23 (NEW); 1997, c. 457, §55 (AFF).]
D. Persons excepted from licensure as adjusters pursuant to Title 5, section 1727-A and persons acting as adjusters solely on behalf of the State or counties, cities and towns; [1997, c. 457, §23 (NEW); 1997, c. 457, §55 (AFF).]
E. Persons adjusting only life and health insurance claims; [2011, c. 554, §1 (AMD).]
F. Adjuster trainees; or [2011, c. 554, §1 (AMD).]
G. An individual who satisfies the following with regard to portable electronic device insurance as defined under section 7001, subsection 6, paragraph A:
(1) The individual collects claim information from, or furnishes claim information to, insureds or claimants and conducts data entry including entering data into an automated claims adjudication system; and
(2) The individual is an employee of an adjuster licensed under this chapter or the adjuster's affiliate.
No more than 25 individuals under the supervision of one licensed adjuster or insurance producer described under paragraph C may be exempt pursuant to this paragraph.
For purposes of this paragraph, "automated claims adjudication system" means a preprogrammed computer system designed for the collection, data entry, calculation and final resolution of portable electronic device insurance claims that is used by an adjuster, insurance producer or supervised individual operating pursuant to this paragraph; complies with all claims payment requirements of the Maine Insurance Code; and is certified as compliant with this paragraph by a licensed adjuster that is an officer of a business entity licensed under this chapter.

Licensing Requirements

Requirements

To become a licensed Maine insurance adjuster, individuals must:
Be 18 years of age or older.
Exemptions from the license requirement include: Attorneys admitted to practice in Maine;
Employees of insurers;
Licensed producers authorized by contract to settle and pay claims within a specified limit established by the insurer or fraternal benefit society not to exceed $5,000;
Persons adjusting only life and health insurance claims

Reciprocity and Non Residents

Maine grants reciprocal licensing privileges to anyone holding a license from another state.

Pre Licensing Education

Maine residents must pass the Pearson Vue exam before being licensed. Non-residents holding a license in any other state can be reciprocally licensed in Maine.

How to Apply

There is no online application. Click here for Maine Adjuster Application.
Send application and appropriate fees (See below) to Licensing Bureau of Insurance, 34 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0034

Maintaining Your License

Renewal

This license is good for two years and is renewable with a fee of $30 for residents and $60 for non-residents.

Continuing Education

No Continuing Education is required.

License Termination or Lapse

No specific rules are found.

Fees

Resident License Fee$30
Resident Application Fee$15
Non-Resident License Fee$15
Non-Resident Application Fee$60
License Renewal Fee$30 for residents, $60 for non-residents

Contact

34 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0034
Overnight mail: 76 Northern Ave., Gardiner, ME 04333
Phone: (207) 624-8412
Email:cid. Kathryn.j.latulippe@maine.gov or cid.debra.j.ayotte@maine.gov
http://www.maine.gov

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