ARRL

Licenses

How can I make a license renewal, apply for a new license, change an address or obtain a duplicate license?

This can be done by one of three ways:

Electronically through the FCC ULS Web Page;
Manually using the FCC Form 605; or
Manually using the NCVEC Form 605.

Electronic filing is immediate; if you make an error filing, you will know about it right then.

When filing manually, note that the FCC Form 605 and the NCVEC Form 605 are two different forms.

The FCC Form 605 is more difficult to complete and it must be sent to the FCC. There is no fee to modify a License (change address, change name, obtain duplicate) or to renew a NON-Vanity License.

To renew a Vanity license, there is a required FCC Regulatory Fee and a FCC 159 Payment Form that must accompany the FCC Form 605.

The NCVEC Form 605 must be sent to the ARRL VEC or another participating VEC. If sent directly to the FCC, it will be rejected. The NCVEC Form 605 will be processed as a membership service for current ARRL members. License modifications or NON-Vanity renewal procedures are free to ARRL members. Vanity renewals require a FCC Regulatory Fee and a $5 ARRL processing fee. For NON-members who wish to modify a license or renew their NON-Vanity license, there is a $15 charge to use the NCVEC Form 605. For NON-members who wish to renew their Vanity license, there is a required FCC Regulatory Fee and a $15 ARRL processing fee to submit the NCVEC Form 605. 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 by the ARRL VEC.

In all instances, a license can be renewed no sooner than 90 days before the expiration of the license.

FCC REQUIRES A REGULATORY FEE TO RENEW VANITY LICENSES
If you do not wish to pay the mandatory fee, you may request a sequentially issued call sign at the time of renewal.

For a complete list of filing instructions and filing fees go to the ARRL Instructions For License Renewals or Changes page.