Application Fees

Application Fees

The DLC requires manufacturers to submit an application fee to cover the costs of application review. The specific fee amount is dependent upon the type of application submitted and (in most cases) the details of the particular product group in the application submission.

Please review the FAQs page for additional policy clarifications and contact applications@designlights.org with any questions about submitting an application to the DLC.

  • Single Product Applications

    Single Product Applications

    The application fee for single product applications is $500.

    Please note that Single Product Applications must have all relevant testing on the product specifically submitted in this application. Cross-applying of data from similar products is only allowed under Family Grouping Applications.

    Applications with special considerations, such as those submitting products for qualification in the DLC Premium classification or in a Specialty Use designation, will be considered under the Family Grouping fee structure.

  • Family Grouping Applications

    Family Grouping Applications

    Application fees for family groups are dependent upon the size and complexity of the group of products. In general, the fee schedule is as follows:

    • $500 per independent test report (ITR) evaluation required under the product group application procedure. Per the family grouping policy, LM-79, LED ISTMT, and Driver ISTMT report types are considered ITRs.
    • $25 per additional product family member in the group. This is calculated as: Total Products in the Group - Number of ITRs = Additional Family Members
    • $400 for a family group submitted for qualification in the Specialty Use designation

    For additional products listed ONLY to identify differing dimming performance, manufacturers will either be required to pay the $25 per-product fee, or the fee based on the chart below, whichever amounts to the lower total application fee. Note that the size of the family group below is based on the total number of additional products listed ONLY to identify the differing dimming performance.

    Number of Products in Family Group ONLY to Identify Differing Dimming Performance
    Fee
    1-10 $260.00
    11-100 $365.00
    101-500 $445.00
    501-1000 $520.00
    1001-2500 $625.00
    2501+ $675.00

     

  • Private Label Applications

    Private Label Applications

    As of July 2, 2018, the fee for each Private Label ITR will be increased to $250 to better cover the costs of validation and review. Applications which are invoiced on or after July 2nd, 2018 will reflect the new fee structure, regardless of the submission date of the application.

    Private Label Application fees are based on those of the original product application, and are as follows:

    • $250 for each independent test report (ITR) included in the original application.
    • $25 for each additional family member in the product group.

    For products where the ONLY additional difference is the dimming performance, manufacturers will either be required to pay the $25 per product fee, or the fee based on the chart below, whichever amounts to the lower total application fee. Note that the size of the family group is based on the total number of additional products necessary to be private labeled ONLY to identify the differing dimming performance.

    Number of Products in Private Label ONLY to Identify Differing Dimming Performance
    Fee
    1-10 $260.00
    11-100 $365.00
    101-500 $445.00
    501-1000 $520.00
    1001-2500 $625.00
    2501+ $675.00

     

  • Updating Listed Products

    Updating Listed Products

    In general, the costs for updating information about a product that is already listed on the QPL are consistent with the fees laid out above: appropriate fees will be assessed based on new test reports that must be evaluated, as well as for additional family members being added to any family group.

    Additionally, there are two distinct application updates that have their own application fee schedules:

    Updating Products to Technical Requirements V4.0: A DLC reviewer will evaluate the changes made to the product and associated submission materials, and notify the manufacturer if any additional test data or supplemental information is needed. This may include LM-79, ISTMT, and/or LM-80 testing, or other documentation, depending on the changes made. Upon completion of this initial review, the DLC reviewer will send an invoice for any relevant application fees for this product update.

    Updating Dimming Information: To update products already on the QPL with dimming information, there will be an application fee per family group submitted based on the number of products within each family group. The table below details the per-family application fee for various numbers of products within each group. Note that the size of the family group below is based on the total number of products, including any additional models needing to be listed to differentiate dimming capabilities.

    Number of Products in Update Family Group
    Fee to Update Family
    1-10 $260.00
    11-100 $365.00
    101-500 $445.00
    501-1000 $520.00
    1001-2500 $625.00
    2501+ $675.00


    Manufacturers may submit multiple families within one update application. For more information regarding the update application process, see the Product Update Applications page.