Vehicle Scale Inspection
WHAT IS A WEIGHMASTER?
Weighmasters are individuals or firms who weigh, measure, or count bulk products and issue certificates of accuracy of the weight, measure, or count. Weighmaster certificates are legal documents used to buy and sell products. Weighmaster licenses are issued by the California Department of Food and Agriculture, Division of Measurement Standards (DMS).
USE OF WEIGHMASTER CERTIFICATES
Typical industries that utilize Weighmaster Certificates are: Concrete, Sand and Gravel, Asphalt, Mulch and Soil Materials, Bulk Metal Dealers and Recyclers, Bulk Water Deliveries, Bulk Compressed Gas Deliveries, Fruit and Vegetable Packers and Handlers, Moving Companies, Commercial Fishermen, Bulk Feed Dealers, and sellers of other bulk commodities such as salt, insulation, fly ash, and filter material.
NEW REQUIREMENTS FOR JUNK DEALERS AND RECYCLERS
In addition to other requirements for issuance of a weighmaster license, SB 485 (session 2013-2014) stipulated that junk dealers and recyclers must include:
- A statement indicating the applicant has either filed an application for a storm water permit or is not required to obtain a storm water permit
- A statement indicating that the applicant, if selling or purchasing nonferrous materials, has the equipment necessary to comply with the photographic and thumb printing requirements
- Current business license
- Registered and sealed scale appropriate for the weighing being done
A weighmaster may provide for a fee a weighing service to the public or other businesses. A list of public scales is on the DMS website.