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Frequently Asked Questions – Measurement Standards Online Device Licensing

Commercial Device Licensing & Testing Questions



  • 1. Why are commercially used devices licensed?

    Commercially used devices must be licensed annually and inspected on a regular basis:

    -       To protect Colorado consumers and businesses at the retail, wholesale and production levels,
    -       To ensure a fair & equitable marketplace, and
    -       To promote good retail, wholesale and production quantity control practices.


  • 2. Who is responsible for licensing a commercially used device?

    It is the responsibility of the owner or user or their representative to license a commercially used device.  The license must be procured before the device may be used commercially.

  • 3. Which scales and meters must be licensed?

    Scales, textile meters, cordage meters and moisture meters must be licensed prior to their commercial use. "Commercial weighing and measuring devices" means those devices commercially used or employed in establishing the size, quantity, extent, area, or measurement of quantities, things, produce, or articles for distribution or consumption that are sold or offered or exposed for sale, hire, or award or in computing any basic charge or payment for services rendered on the basis of weight, measure, or count.

    Further information on which devices must be licensed is available from the Measurement Standards office:

    Colorado Department of Agriculture
    ICS/Measurement Standards
    3125 Wyandot St
    Denver, CO 80211
    Website
    (303) 477-4220

  • 4. Can any type of device be used commercially?

    No. The device must be legal for trade. Generally, this means it must have a certificate of conformance issued by the National Type Evaluation Program (NTEP). Commercial device dealers and service companies should know which devices are legal for trade and which are not. Device sales and service companies are often listed in the telephone directory. They can also be located by contacting the Measurement Standards office:
    Colorado Department of Agriculture
    ICS/Measurement Standards
    3125 Wyandot St
    Denver, CO 80211
    Website
    (303) 477-4220
  • 5. Where can I find a legal for trade scale?

    Commercial device dealers and service companies should know which devices are legal for trade and which are not. Device sales and service companies are often listed in the telephone directory. They can also be located by contacting the Measurement Standards office:
    Colorado Department of Agriculture
    ICS/Measurement Standards
    3125 Wyandot St
    Denver, CO 80211
    Website
    (303) 477-4220
  • 6. Is there a penalty for failure to license a commercially used device?

    Yes. Failure to license a commercially used scale, textile, cordage or moisture meter is a violation of the Colorado Measurement Standards Act (MSA). Late fees apply to late renewals. Civil penalties of up to $750 per day apply to violations of the MSA.
  • 7. How do I license a device?

    Devices may be licensed using this online system.

    Applications may also be mailed with the appropriate fee to:
    Attn: Cashier
    Colorado Department of Agriculture
    ICS/Measurement Standards
    700 Kipling St., Suite 4000
    Lakewood, CO 80215-8000

    Applications may be downloaded from Website, or may be obtained by contacting:

    Colorado Department of Agriculture
    ICS/Measurement Standards
    3125 Wyandot St
    Denver, CO 80211
    (303) 477-4220
  • 8. What time period is covered by a license?

    Licenses cover the period from July 1 through June 30. License fees are not prorated. Applications submitted after around May 15 may be applied towards the next fiscal year.
  • 9. Do you send renewal notices to businesses?

    Yes, although it is the responsibility of the owner, user or their representative to license a device before using it commercially.
  • 10. How much is a device license?

    Annual license fees range from $35 for a small (75 lb or less) capacity scale to $500 for certain high capacity/specialized devices such as in-motion railroad track scales.
  • 11. Will my device be tested?

    Yes. Department field personnel inspect commercially used devices at least once every year, or more often if necessary. No additional fees are due for increased testing mandated by the Department.
  • 12. Do I need to schedule a device test?

    No, a Department inspector will be notified that you have licensed a device and will visit your place of business to inspect the device and review other Measurement Standards Acts (MSA) requirements that may apply. For example, sufficient tare must be taken on sales over a commercially used scale. Packaged commodities must be labeled in compliance with MSA requirements.

    You may request that an appointment be made in advance by the inspector if the device is not available to the public and/or special circumstances apply.
  • 13. How does a device pass an inspection/test?

    Devices are tested for compliance with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Handbook 44 specifications and tolerances. More information is available by contacting Colorado Measurement Standards or NIST:

    Colorado Department of Agriculture
    ICS/Measurement Standards
    3125 Wyandot St
    Denver, CO 80211
    Website
    (303) 477-4220
    NIST Weights and Measures Division
    100 Bureau Drive, Stop 2600
    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-2600
    (301) 975-4004
    owm@nist.gov
    http://ts.nist.gov/WeightsAndMeasures/owmhome.cfm
  • 14. What if a device fails an inspection/test?

    Commercially used devices that fail to meet the appropriate specifications and tolerances must be repaired or replaced, and then placed into service by a Department inspector or a certified device service company. In certain cases, a blue work order is placed, and the device may be used for 30 days while arrangements are made by the owner or user for service or replacement. If the device must be removed from commercial service immediately, a red condemned tag is placed.

    Only a Department inspector or a device service company certified by the Measurement Standards Section may place a device back into commercial service. Information and service company listings are available from:
    Colorado Department of Agriculture
    ICS/Measurement Standards Section
    3125 Wyandot St
    Denver, CO 80211
    Website
    (303) 477-4220

    A licensee may attempt to service their own device, but only a Department inspector or a device service company licensed by the Measurement Standards Section may place a device back into commercial service.  An owner/user may not remove any tag placed by a Department inspector.

  • 15. My business has changed ownership.  How do I renew my license?

    The new owner must license any commercially used devices.  Device licenses are not transferable.
  • 16. My business has moved, but has not changed ownership.  What do I need to do?
    Please inform the Measurement Standards office, either through this online system or at:
    Colorado Department of Agriculture
    ICS/Measurement Standards
    3125 Wyandot St
    Denver, CO 80211
    Website
    (303) 477-4220

    The appropriate inspector will be notified.

    No device license fee is due for a licensed device that is moved from one location to another, although certain devices (such as livestock or vehicle scales) must normally be placed back in to commercial service by a certified device service company or a Department inspector if moved.

  • 17. What if I want to change the number and/or capacity of devices on my license?

    You may do so using this online system.

    You may also obtain a license correction form from the Measurement Standards office:
    Colorado Department of Agriculture
    ICS/Measurement Standards
    3125 Wyandot St
    Denver, CO 80211
    Website
    (303) 477-4220
  • 18. Where can I get more information?

    More information on device licensing and inspections is available from the Measurement Standards office:
    Colorado Department of Agriculture
    ICS/Measurement Standards
    3125 Wyandot St
    Denver, CO 80211
    Website
    (303) 477-4220

    More information concerning online licensing is available from Colorado.gov at support@www.colorado.gov or by calling (800) 970-3468.

  • 19. What is the price to pay online?

    This online service is provided by a third party working in partnership with the state of Colorado. The price of items purchased through this service includes funds used to develop, maintain, and enhance the state's official web portal, Colorado.gov.

    This is made possible under a contract administered under the authority of Colorado's Statewide Internet Portal Authority as designated in statute (CRS 24-37.7-101, et seq.)
  • 20. Why am I charged a late fee to renew the license to operate my device(s)?

    All licenses expire June 30th annually, and must be renewed on or before that date if the owner desires to continue the operation of the device. A late fee is assessed on licenses renewed after the expiration date to cover the increased cost of processing.
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