Scale and Meter Licensing & Inspection
The owner must obtain a license to operate any commercially used scale, moisture meter, Mass flow meter, textile meter and cordage meter. ICS multiple inspectors test all commercially used devices mentioned above.
The owner must obtain a license to operate any commercially used scale. ICS multiple inspectors test all commercially used devices mentioned above.
Legal for Trade Devices
Commercially used scales and meters must be legal for trade. A legal for trade device must generally have a Certificate of Conformance issued by the National Type Evaluation Program (NTEP). Most scale companies will be knowledgeable regarding whether a device is legal for trade. The Measurement Standards office may be contacted with any questions regarding legal for trade status.
Scale & Meter Tolerances
Specifications and Tolerances for devices, as well as general and user requirements are in Handbook 44 published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Scales & Meter Sales and Service Companies
See Scales and Devices - Sales and Service for information on sales and service companies, including lists of certified companies.
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Scales, Moisture Meters, Textile Meters & Cordage Meter Licensing
The owner must obtain a license to operate a commercially used scale, moisture meter, mass flow meter, textile meter and cordage meter. Take one of the following steps:
The licensing period runs from January 1st to December 31st of each year.
Fees are based on the quantity of scales or device types to be licensed.
License by mail with check or money order:
- Completely fill out a Scales/Measuring Devices Application.
- Send the completed form and payment to our mailing address:
Colorado Department of Agriculture
Inspection and Consumer Services
305 Interlocken Parkway
Broomfield, CO 80021
Please call (303) 869-9101 if you have any questions.
Authority for device licensing and inspection is given in the Colorado Measurement Standards Act Sections 35-14-107, 35-14-124, 35-14-127, and 35-14-129.