• EOLCS System is Live!
    API is pleased to announce that we have launched an online application system for the Engine Oil Licensing and Certification System. Gone are the days when licensees had to complete long and complicated forms. Now, current and prospective licensees can request licensing, manage their products and formulations and renew their license online. This system is long overdue. API hopes all licensees find the online system useful and efficient. If you have any questions or comments, please contact API through the Helpdesk at teameolcs@api.org.

    EOLCS Program Update
    API’s Engine Oil Licensing and Certification System licenses oils meeting API performance standards and samples oils purchased in the marketplace to ensure they comply with API program requirements. API-licensed marketers are granted the right to display the API Service Symbol Donut and Certification Mark Starburst on or in conjunction with their API-licensed oils. As marketers begin applying for licenses for their API CK-4 and FA-4 oils, they should keep the following points in mind:

    The marketer name on the oil package or described online or in product literature must match the marketer name on the API license.

    The brand name, viscosity grade, and API performance standard of the licensed oil must be consistent with the information on the API license.

    API licenses are not transferrable, and API-licensed oil marketers are not permitted to issue sublicenses to their customers. Only API can issue licenses to use the API Service Symbol Donut and Certification Mark Starburst.

    A licensed oil marketer may produce and package an oil for another marketer, but that oil must be either (1) licensed separately by API or (2) carry a statement such as “produced by marketer X for marketer Y.” In the latter instance, the brand name, viscosity grade, and API performance standard are included on marketer X’s license. 

    For marketers that may have more than one oil supplier, API requires the marketer to obtain their own license.  API does not allow one marketer’s brand to appear on multiple API licenses. 

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