ARRL

Cancelling a License

How do I cancel a License with FCC?

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.

FCC requires that they receive a signed 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. A
ny of the following supporting information is acceptable as proof:
      - Copy of a dated obituary (must include date of death)
      - Copy of the death certificate

Requests for cancellation of a deceased Amateur's license along with
the supporting information can be submitted through the FCC website
https://esupport.fcc.gov/request.htm, or by mailing the request to:

      FCC - Attn: Amateur Manager
      1280 Fairfield Rd
      Gettysburg, PA  17325-7237

You can also fax the request to 717-338-2690
On the cover sheet address the fax to: Attn: Amateur Manager.

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.

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