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Maryland Offers Online Renewals for Weights and Measures Devices

Posted: 4/2/2016

Weights & Measures Device Registration

Renewal Deadline May 31, 2016

Businesses with weighing and measuring devices can now pay for renewals and obtain certificates online through the Maryland Department of Agriculture’s Weights & Measures Device Registration Service. Renewals will be accepted until May 31, 2016.

The service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and accepts all major credit cards and eCheck/ACH payments. Businesses that need to renew their devices can access the online Weights & Measures Device Registration Service through the State’s official website, www.maryland.gov or through the Department of Agriculture’s website, www.mda.maryland.gov.

The Maryland Department of Agriculture mailed renewal postcards to businesses with active weights and measures devices earlier this week and is encouraging all businesses to use the online system. Businesses that need to add new devices or make any changes can contact the agency directly and then pay any amount due online the next business day. Last year, nearly 65% of the device renewals were conducted online with the agency reporting considerable time savings and efficiencies.

Businesses may easily renew their devices by entering their Agriculture account number and entering payment information. If a business has devices in more than one location, all of their devices may be renewed in one easy transaction. The certificate for each location is displayed for printing and can also be reprinted at any time from the online system.

The Department of Agriculture’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 such as fuel oil, food products, livestock, grain, and precious metals.

The 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 more than 65 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 4,500 federal, state, and local agencies in the United States. Forbes has named NIC as one of the “100 Best Small Companies in America” six times, and the Company has been included four times on the Barron’s 400 Index. Additional information is available at https://www.egov.com.