Fertilizer License Details & FAQ
Expires: December 31Cost:
License = $100 all or any part of a calendar year.
Registration = $125 per product for all or any part of a calendar year.
10 cents per ton on all fertilizer manufactured and/or distributed in Michigan.
All agricultural use fertilizer must also pay a groundwater fee of 1.5 cents per percent of nitrogen per ton sold.
Contact: Lorelei Curry, 517-284-5751, or April Hunt 517-284-5644
Forms: Fertilizer and Soil Conditioner License and Registration
FAQ’s for the Fertilizer Program:
Download the Fertilizer Application Form, which applies to the following:
- Specialty Fertilizer Registration
- Soil Conditioner Registration
- Fertilizer Manufacturer/Distributor Licensing
Who needs a license or registration?
License - All firms that have their names and address on the labeling or invoicing for an agricultural (farm use) fertilizer manufactured or distributed in the State of Michigan are required to obtain a Facility License. A license is required for each of these facilities whether they are located in or out of Michigan. Firms manufacturing only specialty (non-farm use) fertilizer do not need a license unless custom blending.
A firm may acquire a facility license in lieu of seperate product registrations for custom blends of soil conditioners and specialty fertilizers. This license only applies to mixes specifically requested by the consumer prior to blending and this consumer is the end-user of the blend. The custom blender will need to document this request and mix only the amount requested. All pre-packaged and other non-custom blends of soil conditioner and specialty use fertilizer do not need a license and must continue to be registered.
Registration - All specialty (non-farm use) fertilizers or soil conditioners distributed in the State of Michigan must be registered by the manufacturer or distributor. A registration is required for each brand and product name of each grade of fertilizer product.
What does it cost to be licensed or registered?
A $100 license fee is required for all or any part of a calendar year.
A $25 registration fee and $100 groundwater fee is required for each product registration.
In addition to the annual license/registration fees, all licensees and registrants are required to submit tonnage reports and pay a tonnage-based inspection fee of $0.10 per ton of fertilizer manufactured or distributed in Michigan. All agricultural use fertilizer must also pay a groundwater protection fee of $0.015 per percent of nitrogen in the fertilizer for each ton sold.
How do I apply for a license or registration?
Download and print a copy of the application form or contact 517-284-5751.
Complete the application and attach your check or money order made out to the State of Michigan and mail it along with product registration labels to:
Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development
Pesticide & Plant Pest Management Division
P.O. Box 30776 (check driven mail)
P.O. Box 30017 (written correspondence)
Lansing, MI 48909
How long does it take to process my application?
The typical "error-free" application should normally be processed within 4 weeks.
Incomplete Applications, including those missing product registration labels or any that are received with the incorrect license/registration fees, cannot be approved. The applicant will be contacted about the incomplete application and the processing delayed.
When do Fertilizer Manufacturer/Distributor Licenses and Product Registrations expire?
All fertilizer licenses and registrations expire on December 31 and must be renewed on a yearly basis.
How do I renew my Fertilizer License and Registrations?
A renewal application will be placed in the U.S. mail by the end of November. MDARD recommends the use of the renewal application received in the mail because it will contain specific company information such as your license number and company name as previously submitted to MDARD. Any additions, deletions, and other changes can be made right on the renewal form. Licensees and registrants who have not received their application by December 15th should immediately contact MDARD at 517-284-5751, or send an email to Lorelei Curry.
What should I do if there are changes in company, ownership, name, or address?
Any change in the ownership of a company that is licensed will require an application and fee for a new license. Companies with a change of name and/or address will need to send written notification to MDARD so records can be updated accordingly.
NOTE: Placing stickers over the old name/address is allowed.