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A Private Educational Institution (PEI) is any private school or educational or training institution, however designated, which offers a program of college, professional, preparatory, high, intermediate, elementary, kindergarten or nursery school instruction, or any combination thereof, or any other program of trade, technical or artistic training. Any person planning to operate a PEI in Montgomery County for five (5) or more students at one time, or if there is more than one instructor, must obtain a license.

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Private Educational Institution (PEI) Process Guide

1. Apply Online

Private Educational Institution Permits Format
PEI Application Online,

2. Review

  1. Have a Plan: to ensure we can process your documentation properly - you must have a plan. - Describe plan type.
  2. Review: be sure to double check all of your paperwork to ensure faster processing time.
  3. Submit online: We now offer an easy online form powered by Seamless Docs - (Seamless Docs sign up and documentation).We provide online applications to decrease the use of paper and our impact on the environment.   PDF applications should be mailed to Licensure & Regulatory Services office (2425 Reedie Drive, 9th floor, Wheaton, MD 20902) or faxed to 240-777-3088. 
3. Approval

If approved, you will hear back from us within 10 - 14 business days. The final part of the process will be to find the inspector specific to your area.

  • 240-777-3986

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