How to Get a FCC License

by Morgan Adams; Updated September 26, 2017

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent agency in the United States that regulates interstate communication on radio, TV, wire, satellite and cable. FCC rules and regulations are part of Title 47 of the Federal Code of Regulations, and cover everything from experimental (non-broadcast) radio transmissions to satellite transmissions. Licenses are offered for amateurs, aircraft, general mobiles, restricted and commercial operators and ship operators, among others. License application forms can be filled out online.

Step 1

Use the Universal Licensing System to apply online. The first step is obtaining an FCC Registration Number (FRN). If you have registered for a license before, you may use your current registration number. If you are unsure if you have an FRN, search the online database for your call signs (see Resources below).

Step 2

Complete the initial application online. No manual forms are required, but manual forms are available if you need them. Call (888) 225-5322 to request manual forms.

Step 3

Pay the required fees. For large businesses, the FCC cannot process credit card transactions over $100,000. For amateurs and most small businesses, this is not an issue.

Tips

  • Amateurs must take a test before filing for a license. The FCC recommends that you pre-register for the test. Radio frequency coordinators can help you choose a good radio frequency. See the link below for a list of coordinators.

About the Author

Based in southern California, Morgan is a full-time financial analyst. She has been writing since 1995, including articles for "Wet Set Gazette" and "The American Encyclopedia of Novels". She has been writing for eHow since 2008. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Southern California and a Master of Business Arts from Cal State Dominguez Hills.

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