In order to use UPC barcodes, you will need to become a member of the Uniform Code Council and get a membership number. This number will form the basis of your new UPC barcodes. (Note: This only applies to UPC barcodes)
Membership with the Uniform Code Council provides the ability to place a U.P.C. Barcode Symbol on your product and distribute it into the marketplace. The following link leads you to the Membership Application. In addition to basic information about your company, you will be asked to provide the following facts:
This information will determine the fee that you will pay for membership. In addition, you'll receive a license to use a UCC Company Prefix, a number that will uniquely identify your company. You will use this number when creating your U.P.C. Barcode Symbol.
The Uniform Code Council is here to help. If you have questions, our Customer Service Team can be reached via the help desk at [email protected] or by phone Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., EST, at (937) 435-3870.
Thanks and welcome to membership with the Uniform Code Council. We look forward to serving you.
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More about UPC barcodes
A U.P.C. Barcode Symbol is a pattern of black bars with white spaces below which are numbers. The numbers are encoded in the symbol and uniquely identify the product. This group of numbers is referred to as a Global Trade Item Number (GTIN). The symbol is read by scanners in retail stores to capture the GTIN, which is used in conjunction with computer systems to track sales and product orders. The GTIN in a U.P.C. Barcode Symbol is always 12-digits in length. (Note that Bars & Stripes automaticall calculates the 12th digit. You need only supply the first eleven)