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The Option C Text File Validator is an application designed to assist you in electronically reporting Pesticide Reporting Law (PRL) information to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC). You can use this validation program to check whether ASCII text files that you (or a third-party program) have created conform to the the NYSDEC guidelines. The required file format is described in the Guidelines document.

Each time you run the program you are asked to enter or verify some basic contact information. You can then validate your report files and submit them to the NYSDEC if they pass.  Reports which do not pass validation may be returned or rejected by the Pesticide Reporting Service Bureau.

Option C runs under Microsoft Windows®.

After you download the Option C installation file, see the PRL Software Installation Guide to help you install the software on your computer.

If you need further assistance, contact the Pesticide Reporting Service Bureau.

Starting the Software

There are a couple of ways1 to open up the main window:

  • Double-click the  "PRL Option C" shortcut on your computer’s desktop.
  • Click on the Windows Start button and navigate to Programs -> Pesticide Reporting -> PRL Option C.  Windows 8 users will have a  "PRL Option C" icon on their Start Screen.

A message box saying something like “Data directory created called 'C:\PRL2011'.” may appear. This is normal. The data directory is the location to which your data files will be written.  The registration form then opens.

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Validating Files

The Option C program is designed to validate ASCII text files only. Other file types cannot be checked. Files are checked for compliance with the PRL Text File Specifications. The specifications are also available on the Help menu under “File Format Guidelines”.


There are no data entry forms available in the Option C software.  The application is designed to validate files that were created by another application or manually.


For step-by-step instructions on using Option C to validate your files, see text file validation steps.

Other Registration Form Functions

There are several buttons and menu items available on the registration form that can help you prepare and submit your PRL report.


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