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At the County of San Diego, a top priority of the Department of Agriculture, Weights & Measures (AWM) is the health and well-being of our customers, associates, and communities. We understand the concern and uncertainty you may be experiencing surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and are committed to being responsive to the needs of our customers and associates as the situation evolves.

AWM will continue to send updates as information is provided. Additionally, please visit the following link for information on COVID-19, which includes local updates, public health orders, prevention, frequently asked questions, informational posters, guidance and resources:

AWM Contact Information

If you have questions or would like to contact us:



San Diego Office: 858-694-2739

San Marcos Office: 760-752-4700

Virtual Business Services

AWM will be taking precautionary measures to reduce large numbers of customers and staff gathering in confined spaces, primarily our lobbies. Official guidelines caution against gatherings of over 10 people and to observe social distancing. To meet these guidelines AWM will temporarily close all public lobby spaces effective Friday, March 20th and go to a virtual business process until further notice.

·         How to Submit an Insect Pest Question to the Lab

Online Services

If you have questions regarding payment or the status of your registration, we’d like to take this opportunity to remind you of the online services we provide over the internet

·         Citizen Access is a website with online services to  search records, to  pay for existing permit (record) fees.

·         Payment Online :  For online payments, click  Citizen Access.  Go to the AWM tab, then in the General Search section, enter the Record Number (printed on invoice) in the Record Number field and click Search.  Scroll down to see the results, in the Action Column click on "Pay Fee Due", then click on "Continue with Application", and select one of the Payment options. Online payment instructions are available.

***Online payments can only be made on existing permits (records) Online payments can be by EFT(Electronic Fund Transfer) or by credit card (Visa, Master Card)

CDFA Guidance Information

 CDFA’s main webpage has the following two COVID 19 links at the top of the page that provide a growing amount of guidance.


New COVID-19 related guidance is available for Certified Farmers’ Markets (CFMs):

·         CDFA Guidance for Operating Certified Farmers’ Markets During COVID-19 Pandemic.

·         CDFA Guidance for Sales of Pre-Bagged Items from Multiple Farms at CFMs

Fair and Livestock Market Guidance

·         Guidance for Sale of Junior Livestock Market Animals

COVID-19 related guidance for nurseries:

·         Guidance and Best Practices for Nurseries During COVID-19 Pandemic

·         Orentacion y Mejores Practicas para los Viveros Durante la Pandemia de COVID-19

·         CDFA Guidance on Nursery License Registration Late Fees

Public Health Guidance, Personal Protective Equipment, and Supply Ordering 

Face Coverings

As of May 1, the County is requiring you to wear face coverings in many public settings. The coverings help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and are part of our path to reopening San Diego. See full health order (PDF).

Agricultural fieldworkers must have the face coverings around their necks and may leave the face coverings off their faces when social distancing of 6 feet or more is occurring. The workers must put the face covering on their faces when approaching others within 6 feet.

 Face coverings can be made of cloth. Homemade coverings, bandanas, scarves and neck gaiters are all OK. Medical grade masks should be saved for healthcare workers. State and CDC guidelines and instructions for face coverings are below:

·         State guidelines on face coverings

·         CDC instructions on wearing and making face coverings

More details on face coverings can be found at: Face Coverings

Disinfection for COVID-19 and Prevention Measures

AWM would like to share the Department of Environmental Health (DEH) guidance on disinfection of surfaces for COVID-19 (coronavirus) in English and various other languages which can be accessed via the following link under Resources and Material. The guidance provides information on COVID-19, disinfection for COVID-19, and prevention measures.

·         Never Mix Bleach with Other Cleaners

·         Nunca Mezcle el Blanqueador con Otros Limpiadores


List of Suppliers offering certain important supplies, which may be useful:

·          List of Suppliers

Thomas is a well-established industrial supply company, and their website has already registered over 1000 vendors offering COVID19 products, materials, or manufacturing services.

·         Main Webpage:

·         COVID-19 Specific:

The suppliers listed have gone through a thorough vetting process to confirm legitimacy and availability of products and services.

California Department of Pesticide Regulation’s Guidance on N-95 Alternatives and Gloves

Due to the shortage of personal protective equipment, CDPR has compiled list of respirators and exposure controls that offer the same or better protection than what is commonly used and has also sent out guidance and tips on safety gloves. Please see the attached documents.

Acceptable PPE Alternatives-95 Mask

Acceptable PPE-Gloves

Exemption for Qualified Applicator License Category Requirements to Support COVID-19 Control

COVID-19 Infection Prevention for Agricultural Employers and Employees

CAL-OSHA has prepared a document that details how Agricultural Employers can update their: Injury and Illness Prevention Programs (IIPPs) in regards to COVID-19 Infection Prevention

·         COVID-19 Infection Prevention for  Agricultural Employers and Employees

Employer and Employee Training Information on COVID-19 Infection Prevention:

·         COVID-19 Tailgate Training    |    COVID-19 Tailgate Traning (Spanish Version)

·         COVID-19 Employer Checklist   |    COVID-19 Employer Checklist (Spanish Version)

Other Resources

DMV Licensing and Registration Updates, New Virtual Field Office

 DMV has posted a news release regarding commercial driver license extensions:


 While DMV offices are currently closed to the public, extended online services are now available through the DMV Virtual Field Office as well as by mail:


Essential Worker Childcare -

The website is intended to help Essential Workers that may be experiencing childcare challenges. The website is designed to help connect Essential Workers with licensed childcare providers that are open and available during this time of COVID-19. The information on the site is being updated daily as information for additional licensed child care providers are added.

Nursery License Renewal Late Fees

AWM would like to share some information provided by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) on nursery license fees.  The guidance provides direction on how to avoid a late payment charge when renewing your nursery license.

CDFA Guidance on Nursery License Registration Late Fees

Warning Pesticides


NEW! Due to concerns over COVID-19, the Pesticide Container Recycling Event scheduled on June 6, 2020 has been postponed until further notice. The new date will be posted as soon as it is determined.

NEW! Find links to the most up to date information for growers and residents on our Citrus Quarantine Program page  ***Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP) and Huanglongbing (HLB) Information***



USDA California Farm Service Agency Opens Office Space in San Diego County to Assists Farmers and Ranchers Needs.  FSA office hours are 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. FSA office located at 900 Canterbury Place, Escondido, CA 92025.  Please see this press release for more information.

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Agriculture, Weights and Measures

Shared Mission

Promoting a thriving agricultural community, healthy residents and balanced environment.  Supporting a fair marketplace and consumer confidence in the accuracy of product weight, measure and price.

We serve you by protecting public health, the environment and local agriculture.

Here is a sample of what we do: 

  • Ensure the safe use of pesticides and investigate illnesses
  • Prevent the establishment of pests that require pesticide controls, sting or severely injure people, or inhibit growing fresh nutritious fruits, vegetables and other plants
  • Promote the use of effective biocontrol measures
  • Regulate organic growers, certified producers and certified farmers’ markets to allow local marketing of fresh commodities
  • Ensure accurate net quantity of packaged goods and accuracy of commercial weighing, measuring and scanning devices
  • Protect people from injury and disease caused by wildlife

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Private Applicator Certification Exam: Schedule Online

Private Applicator Certificate Exams can now be scheduled online.  Please click the button below to schedule your exam.

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