An Identifier can be transferred upon the sale of a business, the sale of a business line, or the merger with another company. Promptly requesting the transfer of Identifiers after the conclusion of a transaction will ensure that the correct company is associated with the Identifier(s) and that GS1 US records contain up-to-date contact information.
Once the transaction is complete, submit the appropriate Transfer Request Form and Release Letter signed by a duly authorized officer of the seller (as per GS1 US records). If a Release Letter from the seller cannot be obtained, an Identifier can still be transferred if GS1 US receives appropriate supporting legal documentation evidencing the transaction. If GS1 US does not receive the appropriate supporting legal documentation, we cannot transfer the requested Identifier(s).
(Only to be used for a licensed GLN(s) that is not associated with a GS1 Company Prefix.)
Follow these steps to submit your request:
Step 1: Complete the GS1 US GLN Transfer Request Form.
Step 2: Download and have a duly authorized officer of the selling company complete and sign the GS1 GLN Release Letter.
Step 3: Submit your completed GS1 US GLN Transfer Request Form and GS1 US GLN Release Letter via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, if you are an existing GS1 US customer, you may submit a request online via the myGS1 US Customer Support Portal.
Alternatives if a Release Letter cannot be obtained from the seller:
If a Release Letter from the seller cannot be obtained, you may instead submit signed transactional documents that evidence the sale of the business, sale of the business line, or merger with another company.
Documents that do not demonstrate the sale of a business, sale of a business line, or merger are insufficient to support the transfer of a GS1 Identifier.
Examples of unacceptable documents include:*
- documents that purport to transfer or assign a GS1 Company Prefix independent of the sale of a business, sale of a business line, or merger;
- documents evidencing the sale or transfer of intellectual property independent of the sale of a business or business line;
- documents evidencing the sale or transfer of assets independent of the sale of a business or business line; and
- documents showing the purchase or acquisition of a defunct company's assets, whether through a foreclosure sale, tax sale, bankruptcy sale, liquidation sale, or the like.