FCC License Renewals
Amateur applications can be filed manually using paper forms or electronically over the Internet. Amateurs may electronically renew their FCC-issued licenses "on line" via the FCC web 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. If you have a Vanity License renewal, remember to have your credit card accessible to pay the FCC Regulatory Fee.
Amateurs may also renew their licenses within 90 days before the license expiration date, or within the two-year license grace period after expiration, by using FCC Form 605 by mail to: FCC, 1270 Fairfield Rd, Gettysburg PA 17325-7245. Vanity Renewals will also need to submit FCC Payment Form 159 and the required FCC Regulatory Fee, along with the FCC Form 605. After completing both forms, you can mail your FCC Form 605, FCC Form 159 and your payment to: FCC, Wireless Bureau Applications, PO Box 358130, Pittsburgh, PA 15251-5130. Licenses that have been expired for more than two years are not eligible for renewal or reinstatement.
For a complete list of FCC filing instructions and filing fees go to the ARRL page Instructions for License Renewals or Changes.
Club / Military Recreation License Renewals
The FCC has privatized the club call sign assignment program. Any club or military-recreation license must go through a Club Station Call Sign Administrator (CSCSA) of which the ARRL VEC is one. The FCC no longer accepts applications directly from clubs, unless the club is requesting a Vanity Call Sign or renewing a Vanity Call Sign.
Clubs that hold Vanity Call Signs may electronically renew their FCC-issued licenses "on line" via the FCC web using FCC ULS. Remember to have your credit card accessible to pay the FCC Regulatory Fee. For a complete list of FCC filing instructions and filing fees go to the ARRL page Instructions for License Renewals or Changes.
NCVEC Form 605-C or NCVEC Form 605 can be used to renew a NON-Vanity Club License or to renew a Military Recreation Station License. Vanity Club License renewals may also use either form, but must submit the FCC Regulatory Fee and ARRL $5 processing Fee with the form (the check should be made payable to ARRL VEC). ARRL cannot process requests for NEW vanity call sign. They must be done directly with FCC. RACES station licenses cannot be renewed. For Club License filing instructions and filing fees see Club Station Application and Filing Procedures.
Does ARRL offer a simplified renewal process for ARRL Members?
Yes. ARRL members can send us the NCVEC Form 605 for license modifications. It must be sent to the ARRL VEC in Newington, not to the FCC. As one of the many benefits we offer ARRL members, ARRL members will automatically receive a form from ARRL with instructions on license renewal once they are just outside the 90 day window for renewal of their amateur license. This will be a letter with a form at the bottom of the letter to sign and return to the ARRL VEC. Amateurs can renew no sooner than 90 days before the expiration of the license. License modifications or NON-Vanity renewal procedures are a free membership service. 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.
For a complete list of member filing instructions and filing fees go to the ARRL Member Instructions For License Renewals or Changes page.