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605 Instructions

Manually Complete the FCC Form 605

The FCC Form 605 is long and many of the questions do not apply to the Amateur Service because this form is used with many services in addition to the Amateur Service. It is critical that amateurs use the correct application codes on the Form 605. For example, if an application for renewal, but not modification, indicates an application code of "RM" (to renew and modify a license), the entire application will be rejected.
 

Below are step by step instructions for completing the FCC 605 form

Choose the option that's right for you.

  • License Changes, Lost License


    LICENSE ADDRESS CHANGE or NAME CHANGE  or
    SYSTEMATIC or VANITY CALL SIGN CHANGE*  or
    LICENSE LOST or DESTROYED


    Complete the FCC Form 605 by filling in NUMBERS 1 through 30.
    Remember to sign and date the back of the form.

        Block #1 - For the Radio Service Code  write code 'HA' in the Box unless
        you currently hold a Vanity issued call sign then write code 'HV'.

        Block #2 - For the Application Purpose write code 'AU' in the parenthesis
        for requested Changes to your license EXCEPT
             For Systematic Call Changes to your license write code 'MD'* OR
             For a Duplicate copy of your license write code 'DU' [if the license requires
             any changes (address, call, etc.) you must use code 'AU' or 'MD' per above].

        Block #3 - Write 'N' for not applicable.

        The following Blocks should be left BLANK on the 605 Form:
        #4 #6 #12 #14 #24 #25 #29 ( Title: ).

        Block #5 - Write your current call sign.

        In the following Blocks write 'No' or 'N' : #7 #8 #13 #23 #24 #26 #27.
        Note: For Amateurs filing FCC Form 605s manually, the answer to
        questions 26 and 27 is always "no".

        Block #9 - FCC issued Federal Registration Number (FRN).

        Block #10 - Check box 'I' for Individual.

        Complete Blocks #11, #15 and/or #16, #17 #18 #19 #20 #28 #29 (Signature) #30.

        Blocks #21 #22 #23 are optional.

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    * Systematic call sign changes require an additional FCC form (FCC Form 605 Schedule D) to accompany the regular 605 form for submission to the FCC (or participating VECs). On Schedule D, under the heading Systematic Call Sign Change, enter 'Y' for block 1.

    * Vanity call sign change requests require FCC Form 605, FCC Form 605 Schedule D, plus FCC Payment Form 159. Because different procedures are followed for vanity call sign changes, the forms must go to a different FCC address for processing with the associated fee.  After completing all the vanity forms, you can mail your FCC Form 605, FCC Form 159, FCC 605 Schedule D and payment to:
    Federal Communications Commission, Wireless Bureau Applications,
    PO Box 979097 St. Louis, MO 63197-9000

    *You must complete an FCC Form 605 in order to receive a duplicate license. Amateurs are no longer required to carry a copy of their license at all times. As long as your license data appears in the FCC database, that's sufficient. There are other times when you need to carry a copy of your FCC license, at a testing session or during foreign travel, for example.
     

  • License Renewals


    LICENSE RENEWAL *  or 
    VANITY LICENSE RENEWAL **  or
    REINSTATEMENT (if expired less than 2 years)


    Amateur Radio Licenses are valid for a 10 year term. The FCC Form 605 may be sent to the FCC (or participating VECs) up to 90 days before the expiration date of the license. Any submissions received at the FCC or VEC greater than 90 days will be returned to the license holder. Any license that has been expired for more than 2 years will NOT be reinstated. The individual must re-obtain a license by retaking the Amateur Radio exams. 


    Complete the FCC Form 605 by filling in NUMBERS 1 through 30.
    Remember to sign and date the back of the form.

       
    Block #1 - For the Radio Service Code  write code 'HA' in the Box unless
        you currently hold a Vanity** issued call sign then write code 'HV'.

       
    Block #2 - For the Application Purpose write code 'RO' in the parenthesis for
        requested Renewal Only of your license OR write code 'RM' in the parenthesis
        for Renewal and requested Changes to your license (name, address, etc.).

        Block #3 - Write 'N' for not applicable.

        The following Blocks should be left BLANK on the 605 Form:
        #4 #6 #12 #14 #24 #25 #29 ( Title: ).

       
    Block #5 - Write your current call sign.

       
    In the following Blocks write 'No' or 'N' : #7 #8 #13 #23 #24 #26 #27.
        Note: For Amateurs filing FCC Form 605s manually, the answer to
        questions 26 and 27 is always "no".

       
    Block #9 - FCC issued Federal Registration Number (FRN).

       
    Block #10 - Check box 'I' for Individual.

       
    Complete Blocks #11, #15 and/or #16, #17 #18 #19 #20 #28 #29 (Signature) #30.

        Blocks # 21 #22 #23 are optional.

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    *The FCC web site can be used for renewals at 90 days or less before your license will expire, or up to two years after expiration (FCC grace period). Applications filed earlier than 90 days or after the two year grace period will not process. 
     
    ** Vanity call sign renewals require FCC Form 605, plus FCC Payment Form 159 and a FCC regulatory fee. Because different procedures are followed for vanity call renewals, the forms must go to a different FCC address for processing with the associated fee.  After completing all the vanity forms, you can mail your FCC Form 605, FCC Form 159, and payment to: Federal Communications Commission, Wireless Bureau Applications, PO Box 979097 St. Louis, MO 63197-9000. If you do not wish to pay the mandatory fee, you may request a sequentially issued call sign at the time of renewal.
     

  • FCC Address

    All license filings (except for Vanity license renewals and new Vanity call sign requests) must be sent to the FCC address in Gettysburg.
    FCC - Amateur Section
    1270 Fairfield Road
    Gettysburg, PA 17325-7245

    Additional information about Sending forms to the FCC.