ARRL

Cancelling a License

How do I cancel a License?

FCC will not reassign a call sign that is presently licensed to an individual or club, unless they receive a signed written request to have the license canceled--or until two years have elapsed since the license may have expired. Only one person or club can hold a single call sign at one time.

If the licensee is a silent key, FCC requires that they receive a signed written request indicating that the current licensee is now deceased (include the deceased licensee's name and call sign in the letter). Also, FCC requires that some type of evidence of death accompany the request--something that verifies that the licensee is deceased--such as a newspaper obituary, a death certificate or social-security/death-benefits documentation. Faxed documents are not accepted. Supply this information to: 

FCC - Attn: Amateur Section
1270 Fairfield Rd
Gettysburg, PA  17325-7245

Allow FCC one to two weeks to cancel the license. You can verify the FCC has canceled the license by looking up the FCC license call sign data. If the license has been canceled, FCC will show the license STATUS as "CANCELED".

If you have any further questions, please contact ARRL VEC.