Motor Fuel Metering and Quality

The TDLR Motor Fuel Metering and Quality Program regulates the quantity of motor fuels sold in the State of Texas by registering the companies that sell motor fuels and people who perform inspections of fuel delivery devices and the fuel itself.


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TDLR Seeking Subject Matter Experts For Examination Review Committee

The Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation (TDLR) is seeking Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) for the Motor Fuel Metering and Quality Technician Examination Review Committee. SMEs will work with our third-party vendor PSI and are responsible for the review and evaluation of all Motor Fuel Technician written examination content, questions and examination reference lists.

TDLR is seeking professionals with a broad-based knowledge of the technical aspects of the Motor Fuel Metering profession and a familiarity with current techniques, standards and materials. Qualified Individuals selected to serve as an SME will be required to attend an upcoming meeting in Austin, which will be scheduled for October 13 - 15, 2020. You must be willing to sign a confidentiality agreement regarding examination content.

If you would like to serve on the Texas Motor Fuel Metering and Quality Technician Examination Review Committee, please review the qualifications and submit your application by August 31, 2020 by sending an application to exam.sme.app@tdlr.texas.gov. Your participation on the committee is voluntary, but you may be compensated for your travel by PSI. TDLR and the citizens of Texas thank you for considering this valuable opportunity for service.

License Expiration Dates Extended

Effective August 1, 2020, license expiration dates for all active motor fuel licenses at TDA will be extended by 6 months from their current expiration date. This includes devices, suppliers, distributors / wholesalers / jobbers, class 5 and 6 service companies, and service technicians.

A reminder notice for the new renewal date will be sent by TDLR 60 days prior to license expiration. No action needs to be taken, and no notices will be sent by TDA.

To be eligible for the extension, a license/registration must be currently active (not delinquent or late) and the renewal date must be on or after August 1, 2020.

TDLR Proposes Administrative Rules

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (Department) proposes new rules to the Motor Fuel Metering and Quality Program (Program) at 16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 97, Subchapter A, §§97.1 - 97.3; Subchapter B, §§97.20 - 97.28; Subchapter C, §§97.40 - 97.43; Subchapter D, §§97.50 - 97.60; Subchapter E, §§97.70 - 97.74; and Subchapter F, §97.80. The proposed rules are necessary to: implement Senate Bill 2119, 86th Legislature, Regular Session (2019). Senate Bill 2119 transfers the Motor Fuel Metering and Quality Program from the Texas Department of Agriculture to the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation (Commission) and the Department, effective September 1, 2020; creates new Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 2310, Motor Fuel Metering and Quality; and enables the Commission and the Department to administer and regulate the Program. The proposed rules are separate from, and are not to be confused with, the TDA rules located at 4 TAC, Chapters 5 and 12, regarding the Program, which are still in effect but will be repealed.

The proposed rules were published in the May 22, 2020, issue of the Texas Register (45 TexReg 3409). The Department will accept comments on the proposal until June 22, 2020.

The Department encourages anyone interested in the Motor Fuel Metering and Quality Program to review the rule proposal online. Comments may be submitted electronically on the Department’s website.

TDLR Temporarily Waives ASTM requirements

Pursuant to authority granted by the Governor, TDLR has suspended Title 4, Part 1, Chapter 5, Section 5.7(a), of the Texas Administrative Code, and waived the requirements adopted in ASTM D4814. The waiver of all ASTM D4814 requirements, including Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) standards for terminals and retailers, extends through June 15th at a minimum and continues to be effective for the duration of the Governor’s Disaster Declaration. This waiver will ensure that regulated parties can continue to supply fuel to Texans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

15 Named to New Motor Fuel Metering and Quality Workgroup

Fifteen people have been named to TDLR’s new Motor Fuel Metering and Quality Workgroup. The statewide workgroup will provide input, advice and recommendations to TDLR and the Texas Department of Agriculture on the orderly transfer of the motor fuel quality and metering program.

See the members of the new Motor Fuel Metering and Quality Workgroup.

Senate Bill 2119, 86th Legislature, moved oversight of the Motor Fuel Metering and Quality program to TDLR from the Texas Department of Agriculture as of September 1, 2019. Since the program transfer, TDLR has taken over investigating fuel quality and quantity complaints, as well as investigating potential credit card skimmer devices. The agency has also released a new consumer information sticker for fuel pumps. Later this year, TDLR will take over all motor fuels licensing from TDA.

“We’re pleased to have such a great group of people to help advise TDLR about the needs of the motor fuels industry, since the industry does so much to drive the Texas economy,” said Brian E. Francis, TDLR executive director. “We have a lot to learn from the workgroup and can’t wait to get started.”

Notice of Applications for Motor Fuel Metering and Quality Stakeholder Workgroup

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (Department) is accepting applications to fill twelve positions on the Motor Fuel Metering and Quality Workgroup (Workgroup) established by Senate Bill 2119 of the 86th Legislative Session. The purpose of the Workgroup is to provide input, advice, and recommendations to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation and Texas Department of Agriculture on the orderly transfer of powers, duties, functions, programs, and activities related to the motor fuel quality and metering program. Service as a Workgroup member is voluntary, and compensation is not authorized by law. This announcement is for:

  • Two Licensed Service Companies or their representative:
    • one from an area with a population of 250,000 or greater
    • one from an area with a population of less than 250,000
  • Three Convenience Store Operators or their representative:
    • one operator with 100 or fewer motor fuel pump devices (meters);
    • one operator with greater than 100 motor fuel pump devices (meters), but less than 1,000 motor fuel pump devices (meters); and
    • one with 1,000 or more motor fuel pump devices (meters)
  • One bulk meter operator or their representative
  • One liquid propane gas operator or their representative
  • Two Fuel Marketers (includes suppliers, distributors or wholesalers) their representative
  • One Law Enforcement Agency Representative experienced in skimmer investigations
  • Two Financial Institution representatives or Credit Card issuer representatives

Interested persons should complete an application on the Department website. Applicants can also request an application from the Department by telephone (800) 803-9202 or by e-mail advisory.boards@tdlr.texas.gov

This is not a paid position and there is no compensation or reimbursement for serving on the Workgroup.

Issued in Austin Texas on September 27, 2019.

Brian E. Francis
Executive Director
Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation

Motor Fuels Program Moves from Department of Agriculture to TDLR

Senate Bill 2119 in the 86th Legislature transferred oversight of the Motor Fuels program from the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) to TDLR. TDLR and TDA have worked closely to make sure that the transfer of the Motor Fuels program goes as smoothly as possible for consumers and licensees.

TDLR has temporarily delegated licensing of motor fuel distributors, wholesalers, jobbers, suppliers, licensed service companies and licensed service technicians to TDA.

Meanwhile, TDLR will use its regulatory authority to protect Texas consumers and to perform motor fuels investigations into motor fuels quantity, pricing complaints and skimmers. TDLR will partner with the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) on fuel quality investigations and prosecutions.


Workgroup Meetings

July 27, 2020

The Motor Fuel Metering and Quality Workgroup met July 27, 2020 via videoconference. The agenda is available online. The meeting was archived and is avaiable on TDLR's YouTube channel.

Previous Meeting - February 27, 2020

The first Motor Fuels Metering and Quality Workgroup meeting was held February 27, 2020 in Austin. The agenda and staff reports (PDF) are available online. The meeting was archived and is available on TDLR's YouTube channel.