UPCs, or Universal Product Codes, follow a set of rules in order to be recognized and validated.


A typical process of obtaining a 12-digit UPC number is as follows:

  1. License a unique Company Prefix from your local GS1 office
  2. Assign product number(s) to unique products making your number equal 11 digits
  3. Using a check digit calculator with your 11 digit number, generate your check digit.
Combining the above steps will result in a 12-digit UPC number.


For more information about creating UPCs and obtaining a company code, see the GTIN.info website.