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DXCC Endorsements

Endorsements FAQ

  • I already have a DXCC award account. How do I build on it?

    Once you have achieved an award by working and confirming 100 entities on The ARRL DXCC List you can build up your totals. As noted in DXCC rule 5 endorsement stickers for existing certificates are awarded as additional DXCC credits are earned. For the Mixed, Phone, CW, RTTY, 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12 and 10-Meter DXCCs, stickers are issued in exact multiples of 50 (i.e. 150, 200) etc. between 100 and 250 DXCC credits; in multiples of 25 between 250 and 300, and in multiples of 5 above 300 DXCC credits.


    For 160-Meter, 80-Meter, 6-Meter, 2-Meter and Satellite DXCC, stickers are issued in exact multiples of 25, starting at 125, and in multiples of 10 above 200; and in multiples of 5, between 250 and 300. Confirmations for DXCC credit may be submitted in any increment, but stickers are provided only after a new level has been achieved.

    Note: The DXCC system is designed to automatically issue any endorsement stickers for active awards. If you complete an application form and forget to note the endorsements you are looking to claim, the DXCC system will automatically track and issue stickers for you once you've qualified. 

    However, if you qualify for an award, but do not request it on your application form, DXCC will not issue stickers automatically. (Endorsement stickers are only issued for existing DXCC award certificates). This is mainly because there are certificate fees for achieving awards and DXCC cannot issue awards because of this without your permission.

    When you receive your submission return from DXCC and you notice that you qualify for new awards, you can request these from DXCC without the need to make another application or pay another submission fee. Anytime you qualify for a certificate you can contact the DXCC desk to request the award.

  • I have a Mixed award, can I endorse this on 15 and 10 Meters?

    No, there are individual award certificate(s) for each band and each mode. Once you qualify, you can activate these individually for a fee of $12.00 per award certificate plus postage (USA postage is $5.00/non-USA postage is $15.00). Each certificate fee noted includes postage by a non-traceable method. Also, the postage fee for certificate mailing covers up to 4 certificates.

    Lapel pins are not included with certificates. If you want a pin, this is an additional $7.50 (Includes postage).

    Note about lapel pins: each pin (except for Mixed) indicates the band or mode for the respective award. For each band and mode noted in DXCC rule 1, a pin noting each band and mode is available (except Mixed mode).  There are no combination awards or combination pins. Each band and each mode award has separate pins.

    There are no combination-type awards (eg: 40 Meter-Digital).  If you have a Phone DXCC award, you cannot endorse it with 15 Meters. There is a single band award certificate available for 15 Meters at the fee noted above.

    If you qualify for an award under any category, you can activate this at anytime without the need for a DXCC submission. Just contact DXCC or send the DXCC Item Order Form by mail, FAX or e-mail.

  • I have an old application form. Is it OK to use?

    Application forms prior to 2017 cannot be used.


    All current DXCC application forms can be found here:

  • I already completed an application when I joined DXCC. Do I need to fill out the application form again?

    Yes. An application form is required for each submission (See rule 1). The application tells us what you want us to do and provides all of the necessary information to do it. Signing the form affirms that you have complied with the program rules.

  • How can I get the latest forms?

    The current DXCC forms are available from the forms link on the DXCC web page at

    If you don't have Internet access, send a SASE with 2 stamps to : 

    225 Main Street
    Newington, CT 06111
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  • How can I get a copy of my DXCC record after I make my submission?

    A complete report of your DXCC record is returned to you after your submission is processed. Certificates are sent separately.

  • How long will it take to process my application?

    Application processing normally takes between 3-5 weeks. You can check the status of your application by going to the DXCC List of Applications Received page.

    You will see the date your call sign was logged into the system. At the top of the page you'll also see the week DXCC is currently mailing. (The date noted is normally the Friday of the current week for which applications are being mailed). The difference between the date mailed and the date your application was received yields a rough estimate of the current processing time. Remember, applications received will not show on this page until they are logged into the DXCC computer system, not as soon as they are received in the building by our mail room.