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Processing Times for Label Applications

Current Label Processing Times

This chart shows recent processing information for label applications, or Certificates of Label Approval (COLA). Use this chart to estimate when your application is likely to be processed.

If you submitted your application on or after the date in the chart, then we have received your application but have not yet assigned it to a specialist. 

Our customer service standard is 15 days to complete review of your label application.

Learn more about reading the chart.

LABEL PROCESSING TIMES

2022 Label Applications received year-to-date: 100,599

For this type of application:

Label processing times are:

We are now processing new applications received on:

Distilled Spirits Labels

5 days

6/22/2022

Malt Beverage Labels

2 days

6/22/2022

Wine Labels

3 days

6/21/2022

Updated 6/24/2022 7:06 AM

Need a Status Check?

  • If you filed through COLAs Online, log into your COLAs Online account – available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – to check on the status of your application.
  • Remember: We have not reviewed any applications received after the date in the chart. If you call us about an application originally submitted after the date posted in the chart, we won't have any information about the status of your application.

Reading the Chart

  • Label Processing Time: Defined as median number of days it takes to process your application (in calendar days) – from the time we receive it until we either approve or reject it. This includes any time spent sending electronic applications back and forth for correction.
  • Now Processing New Applications Received On: New applications are those we have not yet reviewed.  We review label applications in the order we receive them; however, applications resubmitted for correction always take priority over new applications.  If you submitted your application on or after the date in the chart, then we have received your application but have not yet assigned it to a specialist.

Ready to Apply? 

  • COLAs Online and Formulas Online make it easy for you to electronically apply for formula and/or label approval before you bottle or import your alcohol beverage product.
  • Once you have registered for an account, just log in and follow the instructions and prompts for submitting your application. There is no fee to apply.

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