It was a nice experience, beleive it or not - the ATF was very helpful.
29 Days it took to receive my permit. Now trying the COLA system.
I have always found the TTB (ATF) to be more accomodating than State licensing. It took a bit longer for our latest brewers notice about 45 days but my surety company screwed up th bond about 4 times and as you know this is the trigger document. As far as the COLAs online It is unfortunate that your one username and password can not enable you to log on for all registry numbers. You must submit a seperate registration application for each license.
Taxes are better too (not better, less)
TTB = $7/ Bbl
State of Maine = $10.85