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Maryland Launches Online Weights and Measures Service

Posted: 5/13/2015

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. – May 13, 2015 — The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) has launched an online Weights & Measures Device Registration Service that allows businesses with weighing and measuring devices to pay for the renewal and obtain the certificate online. This new service accepts all major credit cards and eCheck/ACH payments and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Businesses that need to register their devices can access the online Weights & Measures Device Registration Service through the State's official website, www.maryland.gov or through MDA's website, www.mda.maryland.gov

"MDA has spent the past year developing its online system to make the registration process simple and efficient," said MDA Weights and Measures Chief Kenneth Ramsburg. "We hope that our customers will find the new system a convenient option for online payment 24 hours a day, 7 days a week."

Businesses register their devices by entering their MDA account number and select the devices to renew, and proceed to payment. If a business has devices in more than one location, all of their devices may be registered in one easy transaction. The certificate for each device is displayed for printing and can also be reprinted at any time from the online system. Device registrations are now processed more quickly for businesses and the department benefits from more efficient processing and cost savings with this new electronic process.

MDA's Weights and Measures program ensures the fairness and equity of all commercial transactions involving determinations of quantity. This includes day-to-day activities such as the sale of food that is weighed by a scale in a supermarket, the sale of gasoline through a gasoline pump, or the sale of fuel oil through a truck mounted meter. Maryland weights and measures officials inspect and regulate devices used in determining the quantity of commodities as diverse as fuel oil, food products, livestock, grain, and precious metals.

The MDA's Weights & Measures Device Registration Service was developed at no charge for the Maryland Department of Agriculture by NIC Maryland, through the self-funded eGovernment services contract with the State Department of Information Technology (DoIT).

About NIC Maryland

NIC Maryland builds, operates, maintains, and markets the official website of the state of Maryland, www.maryland.gov and its eGovernment services. NIC Maryland is a collaborative public/private partnership managed by the Department of Information Technology (DoIT) and NIC Maryland. NIC Maryland helps Maryland state and local government entities web-enable their services and operates without tax funds through a Self-funded eGovernment Services contract. NIC Maryland has developed over 50 eGov services for the state of Maryland since the contract was awarded in August 2011.

About NIC

Founded in 1992, NIC (NASDAQ: EGOV) is the nation's leading provider of official government websites, online services, and secure payment processing solutions. The company's innovative eGovernment services help make government more accessible to everyone through technology. The family of NIC companies provides eGovernment solutions for more than 3,500 federal, state, and local agencies in the United States. Forbes has named NIC as one of the "100 Best Small Companies in America" five times, most recently ranked at No.11 (2013), and the company has been included four times on the Barron's 400 Index. Additional information is available at http://www.egov.com