|Obtaining a Manufacturer Identification Number
(UCC Company Prefix):
GS1 US (formerly called the Uniform Code Council
An Introduction to the UCC-12 (UPC)
The size, positioning, and reproduction of UPC bar codes are critical and standards have been developed by the Uniform Code Council. Detailed information is provided when a company prefix is issued.
UCC Company Prefixes (formerly called Manufacturers Numbers) are now issued in lengths ranging from 6 to 10 digits, depending on the likely number of products a manufacturer will bar code. A UPC bar code represents 12 digits: a company prefix followed by an item reference number and a "check digit".
Manufacturers with 6 digit company prefixes may use 5 digits to identify up to 100,000 products (00000-99999). At the other extreme, manufacturers with 10 digit company prefixes may use 1 digit to identify up to 10 products (0-9).
Obtaining Bar Code Labels and/or Masters
You may place your bar code order by fax, phone, e-mail or mail. Better yet, use our handy electronic Secure UPC Order Form. For your protection, all information submitted via our Secure UPC Order Form is encrypted before leaving the secured server. If you prefer, you may complete the form, print it and fax it to us. Most orders are shipped the day they are received.
DigiMasters ordered weekdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Time will be shipped via e-mail in LESS THAN AN HOUR.
Examples of Commonly Used Forms