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Legal Metrology Manufacturer License

The Legal Metrology Act, established by the Government of India, serves as a regulatory framework for the use of weights and measures in commercial transactions. It is designed to safeguard consumer rights, ensure precision in weighing and measuring instruments, and maintain their security. A manufacturer license for legal metrology is a mandatory requirement for companies engaged in the manufacturing of weights and measures within India. This licence is issued by the Legal Metrology Department of the respective state in which the manufacturing facility is situated.

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Filing of Forms Legal Metrology for Manufacturers License

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Filing of Forms Legal Metrology for Manufacturers License
Who Should Buy
  • Business or Individual planning to Manufacture Legal Metrology Products.
How It's Done

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    • Preparation of Form and Filing with Legal Metrology Department
Documents Required
  •  A Physical Manufacturing Unit
  •  A Model Approval Certificate by the Director of Legal Metrology for each type of weight / measure manufactured
  •  Manufacturing Area must comply with the minimum space requirements. Check Out the Minimum Space Requirements based on your manufactured items here.
  •  Premises must be on the ground floor or basement unless exceptions apply.
  •  Ensure you possess all necessary machinery, tools, and testing equipment required for manufacturing the intended items.
  •  Ensure you have skilled workers with relevant expertise.
  • An Overview of Legal Metrology Manufacturer License

    For better performance, several business operations need to go through weighing & measurement; in order to resolve the issues that come under weighing and measurement, the Government of India has introduced the Legal Metrology Act. This Act intends to keep transparency and clarity in the business; the Act also safeguards the consumer's rights.

    This Act helps in managing & reducing the ill effects of weight & measurement errors. It clearly defines measuring & weighing instruments, standards, units, and compulsory requirements to ensure public guarantee from an accuracy and security perspective of the weights & measurements. The registration for the Legal Metrology Manufacturer License needs to be done under Legal Metrology. The Government Authorities have devised a systematic procedure for obtaining the Legal Metrology Manufacturer License of a respective company under Legal Metrology.

    Benefits of Legal Metrology Manufacturing License

    1. Lessen transaction costs;
    2. Build's customer's trust;
    3. Reduces technical obstacles to trade;
    4. The Government collects its revenue via excise duties imposed on products sold, imported, produced & exported through taxes levied on measurement.

    Checklist & Documents

    A successful application for Legal Metrology Manufacturing Licence hinges on meeting a specific set of minimum requirements and submitting all the requisite documents. These elements form the backbone of the licensing process, ensuring that manufacturers meet stringent standards and comply with Legal Metrology Rules of the state. The table below contains complete lists of legal metrology license requirements and legal metrology manufacturer documentation for your clear and comprehensive understanding. At TAXAJ, we provide full assistance and consultation in documentation and ensure that you meet all the requirements before the filing process begins. For more information, you can talk to our startup advisors.

    Minimum Requirements

  •  A Physical Manufacturing Unit
  •  A Model Approval Certificate by the Director of Legal Metrology for each type of weight / measure manufactured
  •  Manufacturing Area must comply with the minimum space requirements. Check Out the Minimum Space Requirements based on your manufactured items here.
  •  Premises must be on the ground floor or basement unless exceptions apply.
  •  Ensure you possess all necessary machinery, tools, and testing equipment required for manufacturing the intended items.
  •  Ensure you have skilled workers with relevant expertise.
  • List of Documents

      1. Entity Documents:
        1. Incorporation Documents
        2. GST Registration Certificate
        3. Professional Tax Certificate, if applicable
        4. Labour Licence
        5. Business PAN card
      2. Promoter’s Identity & Experience Documents
      3. Premises Ownership Documents & NOC
      4. Proof of purchasing workshop tools and equipment

        Employee Documents:
      1. Appointment Letters
      2. ID & Address proof
      3. Qualification and Experience Certificate

        Other Miscellaneous Documents:
      1. Product Specifications
      2. Financial Documents
      3. Trademark Registration Certificate, if available
      4. Site Plan of the Manufacturing Premises
      5. Proof of sanctioned and installed power load


    1. Incorporation Documents as per Entity Type:
      • Company: Certificate of Incorporation, MOA & AOA
      • LLP: Certificate of Incorporation & LLP Agreement
      • Partnership Firm: Partnership Deed
      • Sole Proprietorship: GST / MSME Certificate
    2. Promoter Experience Certificates must be of at 2 years in the name of a skilled worker, proprietor, partner, director, or individuals with relevant expertise.
    3. For premises ownership documents, you can provide any one of the following documents:
      • Latest rent receipt
      • Sale deed
      • Property Tax Receipt OR
      • Any other legal document

    How to Apply for a Legal Metrology Licence?

    The Legal Metrology Manufacturer License application process can be completed in a series of steps. Since the application is filed online, you can access the requisite form and upload the documents on the official website of the Department. After the submission is complete, the Department inspects the manufacturing premises to ensure complete legal metrology compliance. Here’s a step wise guide for your easy understanding and navigation of the Legal Metrology Manufacturer Registration process.

    Step 1 : Download Application Form

    Access and download the Legal Metrology Manufacturer License application form by visiting the official website of your respective state’s Legal Metrology Department. This is your one stop solution for the licensing process, and it’s crucial to ensure that you download the correct and up-to-date form.

    Step-2: Complete Application Form

    Fill out the application form as per the provided guidelines and attach all the required documents. For initial licensing, you may use the LM-I form. On the other hand, if you need to renew an expired licence, you can use the LM2 form.

    Step-3: Submission & Fee Payment

    Once your application is complete, you can submit by paying the requisite application fee. The submitted forms and documents will be examined by the authorities before proceeding to the next step.

    Step-4: Inspection and Verification

    Before issuing the licence, the department will send officials to inspect the manufacturing facilities of the applicant’s organisation. This is done to ensure that all the Legal Metrology rules are compiled by and all the necessary prescribed standards are met.

    Step-5: Licence Issuance

    If the company meets all the stipulated requirements, the Legal Metrology Department will issue the Manufacturer License under Legal Metrology Act.The licence is granted by way of Form-LM-3.

    Legal Metrology Manufacturer License Cost

    The overall Legal Metrology Manufacturer License cost depends on the application fees of filing the forms along with the documents, and professional fees, if you avail legal metrology manufacturer license consultation from an expert. In the table below, we have clarified the government fees for your reference. To receive a full quotation of our legal services, consult our experts today!

    Validity & Renewal

    Legal Metrology Manufacturing License once granted, typically has a minimum validity period of one calendar year. However, they can be renewed for a maximum period of up to 5 years. The application for renewal is filed at least 30 days before the expiry date. The form used for the purpose is LM-2 and the process is overseen by the Controller or an authorised person. The applicable renewal fee is specified in Schedule IV of the Legal Metrology Act.

    Key Points to Remember

    Display: Licences issued or renewed under the Legal Metrology Act must be prominently displayed in the business premises where the licensee operates.

    Non-Transferable: It's essential to understand that licences issued or renewed under this Act are neither saleable nor transferable.

    Records Maintenance and Reporting: Licensed manufacturers, repairers, and dealers are obliged to maintain records and registers as specified in Schedule VII and submit periodic reports and returns as required.

    Periodic Verification and Inspection of Weights and Measures: Weights and measures used in transactions or for protection purposes must undergo periodic verification and stamping by the legal metrology officer in the state where they are utilised. The applicable fee for verification is specified in Schedule IX. The re-verification intervals vary based on the type of weight or measure, and these instruments should also be re-checked and stamped at regular intervals.

    1. Re-Verification Intervals: The timing for these re-verification checks is as follows:
      • Every 24 months for weights, capacity measures, length measures, tapes, beam scales, and counter machines.
      • Every 60 months for storage tanks.
      • Every 12 months for all other weights or measures, including tank lorries, not covered in the previous two categories.
    2. In-Situ Verification: If a weight or measuring instrument is checked and stamped in its original location and is later taken apart and re-installed before its next scheduled re-verification, it must be checked and stamped again before it can be used.
    3. Repairs Before Verification: If any weight or measuring instrument that has been checked and stamped undergoes repairs before its next scheduled verification, it must be re-checked and stamped before being put back into use.