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Legal Metrology Act Registration

In India, The Department of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution formed The Directorate of Legal Metrology Act as a separate wing which ensures compliance with the Legal Metrology Act & Rules. The Act's purpose is to manage and reduce the ill effects of weight and measurement errors. The central headquarter is in Delhi, from where it is delegated to the respective State for proper compliance with the Acts & Rules.

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Overview of Legal Metrology Act Registration

Several business operations need to go through measurement and weighing for better performance. Thus to resolve this issue government has introduced an Act called the "Legal Metrology Act". This Act aims to keep transparency and clarity in the business; the Act also protects the consumer's rights.

Legal Metrology Act helps manage and reduce the ill effects of weight and measurement errors. It clearly defines weighing and measuring instruments, units, standards and compulsory requirements to ensure public guarantee from an accuracy and security perspective of the weights and measurements.

Legal Metrology Act, 2009, was implemented with effect from 1st April 2011, contains the following preamble:

“An Act To Establish And Enforce Standards Of Weights And Measures, Regulate Trade And Commerce In Weights, Measures And Other Goods Which Are Sold Or Distributed By Weights, Measure Or Number And For Matters Connected Therewith Or Incidental Thereto.”

Legal Metrology Standards in India are defined and implemented by the government of India, Department of Consumer Affairs under the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public distribution. While the Legal Metrology Act, 2009, presented under central jurisdiction, has been established as a model act, each State in India has a will to receive the Act with or without adjustments. A couple of states, be that as it may, have approved their own Act to manage the issues and matters identified with legitimate metrology.

Benefits of Legal Metrology Act Registration

Measurement plays a crucial role in trade practices. The demand for effective trade is transparent and creates a balance between the traders and consumers.

Reduces Transaction Costs

Often revising poor measurement practices proves costly and time-consuming. They affect both the businesses and consumers. Initiating legal action against a trader who shows the audacity of breaking the measurement laws is also high priced. But when measurements are done accurately and correctly, following all the norms of the Legal Metrology Act, it results in a reduction in cost and time.

Supporting Trade

Legal Metrology Act is responsible for controlling any unlawful and unfair trade practices. This Act aims to make sure that measuring instruments are intact and in a working State so that they can serve their intended purpose and meet international standards.

Collecting Government Revenue

The government collects its revenue through excise duties imposed on products produced, sold, imported and exported and via taxes levied on measurement. Legal Metrology Act ensures that no injustice is done to both the government and business in the payment of tax. The deal by a proportion of mass items can be a huge segment of both export and national pay, especially in items, for example, timber, rice, coffee, palm oil, coal, iron-mineral, gold, jewels and natural gas.

Reduces Technical Barriers To Trade

Legal Metrology Act reduces the burden of technical barriers and promotes confidence and clarity of measurement. Fewer amounts of barriers increase the nation's morale and encourage them to participate in the global trading system, increasing the national economic growth. With the help of the Legal Metrology Act, a trader can avoid useless barriers in the process of adoption, application of technical regulations, standards and conformity assessment procedures.

Build Consumer’s Trust

As soon as the customer realizes they are receiving a product verified under certain rules and regulations, it will boost their trust in the businessman, ultimately leading to a healthy trading relationship.

Importer Registration under Legal Metrology (General) Rules, 2011:

Import means to bring into India any product from outside India, and the person who carries out import is called an importer. There is a provision of mandatory registration for an importer of weighing and measuring instruments under Legal Metrology (General) Rules, 2011. The application must be submitted to the Director or Controller of the central Metrology Department, New Delhi.

Legal Provisions

Section 19 of the Act

No individual has the authority to import any weight or measure if he is not registered with the Director in such manner and on payment of fees, as prescribed.

Section 38

If any individual indulges in the activity of importing any weight or measure and that is too without being registered under the Act, then a fine will be imposed on the person who may extend up to Rs 25000 for the second or subsequent offence, with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months. 

Registration Procedure

  • Rule 15 of the Legal Metrology (General) Rules, 2011, defines the procedure for registration. The structure related to the fee payable is described in the Twelfth Schedule, and the format related to the application is described in the Tenth Schedule of the said Rules.
  • Standard weights and measures or parts thereof might be imported.
  • Producers or vendors will require enlistment as an importer from the Director of Legal Metrology, GOI.
  • The application ought to be submitted in the advised form, through the State Controller, to the Director of Legal Metrology, alongside the prescribed fee of Rs 100, in any event, one month before the import. The Controller will forward the application alongside a report on predecessors and technical capacities of the importer.
  • Registration remains valid for five years and is renewable as well.

A license under Legal Metrology (General Rules) 2011:

Legal Metrology has expressly provided a procedure for permits and application procedures related to weighing and measuring instruments and devices

License as Manufacturer under Legal Metrology (General) Rules  

Application Form



For a license to manufacture in weights & measures as per Schedule IIA


For Renewal of manufacturing license as per Schedule IIB


A manufacturing License is being granted as per Schedule III

For issuance of a license to the Manufacturer it must be checked that the model approval certificate has been granted to the applicant by Director, in case the Model approval is suspended or revoked, then this license will also be suspended till then.

Dealer License under Legal Metrology (General rules), 2011

Application Form



License as Dealer  in weights & measures as per Schedule IIA


For Renewal of Dealer license as per Schedule IIB


Dealer License is being granted as per Schedule III

Repairer license under Legal Metrology (General Rules), 2011

Application form


LR 1

License as a repairer  in weights & measures as per Schedule IIA

LR 2

For Renewal of repairer license as per Schedule IIB

LR 3

Dealer License is  repairer granted as per Schedule III

Documents Required During the Registration Procedure

List Of Documents That Manufacturer Need:

  • Photographs, Identity and Address proof of the applicant/partners.
  • Proof of the Date of Birth of applicant/partners.
  • Ownership or tenancy document of the proposed premises.
  • Location map
  • Partnership deed, in case of partnership firms.
  • Model approval certificate, issued by the Director, Legal Metrology, Government of India, if required under Legal Metrology General Rules, 2011 with respect to the proposed weighing and measuring instrument.
  • No objection Certificate from pollution control Board, especially in Taj Trapezium Zone.
  • List of machinery and tools.
  • Affidavit to State that applicant would adhere to the Legal provisions and the directions issued by the Controller.
  • Affidavit to State that applicant had neither been punished by any Court nor is any criminal proceeding pending in any court.
  • Registration document of factory/shop/establishment/municipal trade license, as the case maybe
  • Copy of VAT/CST/GST Registration
  • Copy of PAN

List of Documents for Repairer in Weights and Measures:

  • Identity proof.
  • Two Passport size
  • Certificate of Registration of Industry
  • NOC from Competent Authority.
  • Document proof of Ownership / Lease Agreement of Premises.
  • Constitution in case of proprietorship/partnership firm. Registered document in case of Company register Certificate under Companies Act along with a copy of Article of Association and Memorandum of Association.
  • Employee Copies of Appointment Letters with photographs, Qualification and Experience  Certificate, if any;
  • Machinery, Tools and Accessories list with purchase bill.
  • Test weights purchase bill in case of new Verification Certificate.
  • GST Registration Certificate.
  • Professional Tax Registration Certificate
  • Valid Labour Licence.

License for Dealer in Weights and Measures:

  • Identity & Residential Proof.
  • Two Passport size.
  • Letter of Consent from the Manufacturer who wishes to appoint  you  as a Dealer
  • Manufacturing Licence if you intend to import weights & measures from outside the State.
  • Model Approval Certificate of weights and measures to be dealt with.
  • Documentary proof of ownership / Lease agreement of Premises.
  • GST Registration / Professional Tax / Labour Licence

Registration Procedure of Legal Metrology Act

Guidelines for the Registration

Here are some guidelines that traders have to follow for the registration during the import/export of goods. Guidelines cover measuring of weight under Section 47 of the Standing of Weights and Measures Act, 1976.

  • Application for the underlying registration of the name in the organization's name reestablishment of registration of exporter/importer of weight or measure is to be steered through the Controller of Legal Metrology of State/UT in which the exporter/Importer is arranged alongside request draft of Rs. 10/ - for "Pay and Accounts official" D/o Consumer Affairs, New Delhi.
  • General Rules define the list of items for weight OR measure, and registration shall be done only of those items.
  • If it is incomplete, then give it back to the Controller of Legal Metrology within seven days of receiving the application, under intimation to the applicant.
  • If the application is incomplete in every respect, then grant the registration certificate to the applicant within ten days of receiving the application under imitation of the Controller of Legal Metrology.

Why your business needs Legal Metrology Act Registration?

There are certain rules and regulations that the Legal Metrology Act defines related to the selling and distribution of packaged products. This Act also provides the guidelines to follow during the import and export of goods. If you want your business to run efficiently and smoothly you need to set up a consumer and buyer rights protection system, and in order to establish a protection system, you need to comply with the Act that has described the legal metrology and measurement system.

If you fail to follow the norms described in the legal metrology and measurement system, then there are chances that you might face heavy fines and punishment. This may affect your brand image and hamper the growth of your business.

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Frequently Asked Questions

As per Legal Metrology Act, 2009, the sale or distribution of all packaged goods in India such as export goods, food products and consumer goods need a Legal Metrology Certificate from the Metrology Department of Consumer Affairs.

An importer of measuring instruments, competing with each other to do business in the Indian market needs to register itself to obtain the Certificate of Registration of Importer of Weights and Measures. The applicant has to file the application for registration in schedule X under Rule 15 and obtained under section 19 of Legal Metrology Act 2009.

The department is responsible for maintaining uniformity and accuracy in all weights and measures, weighing and measuring Instruments used by traders in all hats, markets and trading centres in the State.

  • Identity & Residential Proof.
  • Two Passport size.
  • Letter of Consent from the Manufacturer  who wish to appoint  you  as a Dealer
  • Manufacturing Licence if you intend to import weights & measures from outside the State.
  • Model Approval Certificate of weights and measures to be deal with.
  • Documentary proof of ownership / Lease agreement of Premises.
  • GST Registration / Professional Tax / Labour Licence

YController of Legal Metrology Department issues the license.

It is important to showcase every certificate of verification issued under the Act at a conspicuous place in the buildings where such weights or measures are being, or intended or likely to be used in any transaction or for protection.

Each weight & measures is fabricated according to the specification and model drafted by the Govt. of India. Weight and measures utilized by the dealers are confirmed and stepped by the Inspector of the Legal Metrology Department, after due confirmation, with a seal for ensuring the honesty of the stamp of Inspector and quarter where it is verified.

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