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Allowable Changes Sample Label Generator

What Changes Can I Make to My Approved Label?

Once your label receives TTB approval, you are allowed to change certain items on that label without submitting a new Application for and Certification/Exemption of Label/Bottle Approval, or COLA (TTB Form 5100.31).  If you do need to make a change, you can do so through COLAs Online.

A picture can be worth a thousand words! The Allowable Changes Sample Label Generator illustrates examples of allowable changes to approved labels. If you are considering making changes to a previously approved label use this handy tool to determine if you need to submit your COLA application—you may not need to send us the revised label at all!

What Label Revisions Always Require a New COLA?

You must get a new COLA when changing:

  • the class/type statement
  • the brand name
  • the appellation of origin (wine only)
  • the mandatory address statement (unless the new address is in the same state as the old address)
  • the actual bottler or importer

You must get a new COLA when adding:

  • new graphics/pictures/representations (except as specifically authorized, for example, holiday themed graphics)
  • new wording/phrases/text/certifications (except as specifically authorized, for example serving instructions)

Let's Get Started

Use the dropdown menus to select your commodity (distilled spirits, malt beverage, or wine,) the action you want to make to your label, and then click SHOW ME SAMPLES.

Malt Beverage Samples

You may ... Change

Malt Beverage Samples

You may ... Reposition

Wine Samples

You may ... Change

Distilled Spirits Samples

You may ... Change

Distilled Spirits Samples

You may ... Reposition

More Information

These are examples of revisions allowed in the context of these specific labels. These examples show you most of the allowable changes and may not cover all circumstances. We strongly suggest that you review the Complete List of Allowable Revisions and applicable conditions for more details about each change.  If you do not see your particular change, please contact us at the information below.

Description: NOTE
Any revisions you make to your approved labels must be in compliance with the applicable regulations in 27 CFR parts 4, 5, 7, and 16, and any other applicable provision of law or regulation, including, but not limited to, the conditions listed in the "Comments" section of the COLA form (TTB Form 5100.31).

Description: CONTACT US
For more information about allowable changes to labels, contact us at 202-453-2250 or toll free at 866-927-ALFD (2533), or by email at See our customer service desk information page for more contact information.


Page last reviewed: February 26, 2014
Page last updated: April 7, 2017
Maintained by: Alcohol Labeling and Formulation Division, Executive Liaison

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