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Call Sign Renewals or Changes

Amateur applications can be filed manually using paper forms or electronically via the FCC website. Filing electroincally is easy and the results are immediate.

Amateurs may electronically renew their FCC issued licenses using FCC ULS. FCC permits on-line renewals at 90 days or less before a license will expire, and when the license has expired but is still within the two-year grace period for renewal. Licenses that have been expired for more than two years are not eligible for renewal or reinstatement.

Amateurs may renew their FCC issued licenses by using FCC Form 605 within 90 days before the license expiration date, or within the two-year license grace period after expiration.  Send by mail to: FCC, 1270 Fairfield Rd., Gettysburg PA 17325-7245. Licenses that have been expired for more than two years are not eligible for renewal or reinstatement.

Filing Procedures

  • Choose the method that is right for you.

  • Filing For a New Vanity Call Sign Via FCC.

    This procedure must be done directly with the FCC.  Filing for a Vanity License can be done electronically via the FCC ULS web site.  For additional information see the ARRL Vanity Call Sign page. For detailed filing instructions, please refer to the "File Electronically with FCC via the Web" section below.
     

  • File Electronically with FCC Via the Web.

    The FCC accepts changes and renewals electronically via their Universal Licensing Service (ULS) system. You may file for electronic renewal at 90 days or less before your license will expire, or up to two years after expiration. License changes may be filed at anytime. The FCC's web address for electronic filing is: http://wireless.fcc.gov/uls/ . To use the on-line ULS system, you must first be sure you are registered in the Commission Registration System (CORES) and have a Federal Registration Number (FRN) and CORES password to work with your FCC license record. To receive a FRN you must supply your Social Security Number (SSN) to FCC. As part of their compliance with the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996, FCC must collect SSN's. Once registered, you may then choose the ONLINE FILING "LOG IN" link to perform your on-line transaction with FCC (for password help or on-line filing questions contact FCC Tech Support weekdays at: 1-877-480-3201).

    You can apply for a New Vanity Call Sign or a Vanity License Renewal through the FCC ULS system at http://wireless.fcc.gov/uls/.  You may request a sequentially issued call sign at the time of your vanity renewal, if you do not wish to keep the vanity call sign.

    Step by step instructions for on-line filing follow:

    • If you are Registered in FCC CORES, and if you have a FRN and know your CORES Password, go to the FCC web site and choose ONLINE FILING "LOG IN". You will be required to supply your FRN and Password to renew or update your license. Follow the 'License Procedures' below.

    • If you are NOT Registered in FCC CORES and do not have a FRN, go to the FCC web site and choose NEW USERS "REGISTER" link. To register your SSN and receive a FRN, choose the "REGISTER" link and complete your individual registration information (ignore the organization and position references). When the system confirms that you are registered (issues an FRN), and the page goes on to read " Amateurs, Aircraft, Marine, Antenna Structure Registration (ASR), and any other service licensed through the Universal Licensing System (ULS) should click on the following link to access ULS and associate their call sign(s) with their new FRN and password. Existing call signs must be associated with an FRN before you can file in ULS. Click on the link "FCC Universal Licensing System". Proceed to ULS License Manager by clicking on the "ULS License Manager" link. Enter your FRN number FCC assigned to you and your password to log in. Click on link (1) "associate your FRN with existing licenses". Enter your call sign in the first box, then hit "Continue". Clink on "Confirm", then click on "Return to License Manager". Follow the 'License Procedures' below.

    • If you are Registered (have a FRN) but do not know your FCC CORES Password you can reset your password on line.
      a.) If you have NOT established a Personal Security Question (PSQ) and Answer (most amateurs have not) go to the password page on FCC's web site . The page title says "Forgot Your Password?", click on the link "Set Personal Security Question". In this screen, fill in all the required fields (including Social Security Number). At the bottom of the page, fill out your personal security question information. Click on the certify box (check mark will populate box) then click "submit". The FCC will provide you with a tracking number that consists of the letters HD and 13 digits. Make note of this number. You will receive an email from the FCC when your FRN registration has been updated with your PSQ. Go back to the password web page and continue the process with an established PSQ and Answer (see item b.) and no FCC Cores password.
      b.) If you have established a Personal Security Question (PSQ) and Answer, then you may use the online password reset feature to create a new password for your FRN. Go to the password page on FCC web site. The page title says "Forgot Your Password?", click on the "Reset Password" link. Enter your FRN and click on "continue". Type in your Personal Security Question Answer and click "continue". Enter your new Password, retype it and click "continue". You will receive a confirmation screen affirming that your FRN has been successfully updated (for password help contact FCC Tech Support weekdays at 1-877-480-3201). Follow the 'License Procedures' below.

    License Procedures. Once you have logged in to the system (at the FCC web site using the ONLINE FILING "LOG IN" link ), you will see a summary "At A Glance" view of your license data. Choose the appropriate link to work with your FCC license record (if applying for a New Vanity Call Sign see below). Hit "Continue" if your address is correct. If your address is incorrect check the box "Licensee Name and Address", then hit "Continue". Again click on "Continue" (both fee answers should be no). If applicable, enter address changes and click "Continue" to see a summary of your transaction. If no address changes were needed, you will immediately see a summary of your transaction. Click on "Continue to Certify". In the signature section of the certification page, type in your name, then hit "Submit Application". On the Confirmation page be sure to print a copy of your on-line application for your records. That's it -- you're done! 

    When applying for a New Vanity Call Sign, Select your Eligibility, and fill in the requested call sign(s) in the Vanity Call Sign Preference List. Continue to the certification page, type in your name, then hit "Submit Application". On the Confirmation page be sure to print a copy of your on-line application for your records.

    Your FCC license renewal or change(s) should be in place almost immediately.  The FCC takes 18 days to process and issue a New Vanity License.  The FCC may be reached by telephone at 1-888-225-5322.
     

  • File Via Mail to FCC.

    Processing time can vary depending on the FCC's workload. If you file your change or renewal electronically or via ARRL, the process may take only a few days in order to renew your license. If you file by hardcopy via mail to FCC, the FCC might take several weeks to process your change or renewal. You may file your license change or license renewal by mail directly to the FCC. ONLY "FCC" Form 605 is accepted by FCC. Download FCC Forms. After completing the form, you can mail your FCC Form 605 to:
    FCC, 1270 Fairfield Rd, Gettysburg PA 17325-7245. 

    FCC Contact Information: 

    General Information: 1-888-225-5322.
    Fax: 1-717-338-2696
    Tech Support (for password help or on-line filing questions): 1-877-480-3201
    http://wireless.fcc.gov/uls/

  • ARRL Member License Changes and Renewals Via Mail to ARRL.

    The NCVEC Form 605 must be sent to the ARRL VEC. If sent directly to the FCC, it will be rejected.  License modifications/changes and renewals will be processed for FREE for current ARRL members as part of your membership services.

    A license can be renewed no sooner than 90 days before the expiration of the license. License changes can be done anytime.

    The NCVEC Form 605 does not have a space for obtaining a duplicate license, but you can simply write 'Duplicate' on the form and it will be processed. Please complete the NCVEC Form 605 application (remember to include your Social Security Number or FRN number) and return them back to us at ARRL. 

    If you file via ARRL, the process may take only a few days in order to change or renew your license, once ARRL receives it. An official copy of your license will be provided if you include an email address on the form. If you have any questions, contact the ARRL VEC.

    Address:  ARRL VEC , 225 Main Street, Newington, CT 06111 USA
    Phone:  1-860-594-0300
    VEC@arrl.org
     

  • Non-Member License Changes and Renewals Via Mail to ARRL.

    The NCVEC Form 605 must be sent to the ARRL VEC. If sent directly to the FCC, it will be rejected. The ARRL charges a fee to process the NCVEC Form 605 to amateurs who are not current ARRL members. ARRL Members should refer to the member instructions above for ARRL procedures.

    License modifications/changes and renewals will be processed for $15.00.

    A license can be renewed no sooner than 90 days before the expiration of the license.
    License changes can be done anytime.

    Please complete the NCVEC Form 605 application (remember to include your Social Security Number or FRN number), payment form (see below) and return them back to us at ARRL HQ.

    If you file via ARRL, the process may take only a few days in order to change or renew your license, once ARRL receives it. The update will display in the FCC database within 24 hours of our file transmission. If you have any questions, contact the ARRL VEC by phone: 1-860-594-0300 or e-mail: vec@arrl.org .

    Our address is ARRL VEC, 225 Main Street, Newington, CT 06111.


    TOTAL DUE ARRL

    O $15.00   (ARRL processing Fee for license changes and renewals)

    O Payment enclosed (Checks payable to "ARRL VEC" in US funds only).

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