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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB029 (2000)

ARLB029 FCC launches CORES

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ARRL Bulletin 29  ARLB029
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  July 21, 2000
To all radio amateurs 

ARLB029 FCC launches CORES

The FCC has begun implementing the Commission Registration System,
known as CORES. While the action has few immediate implications for
Amateur Radio licensees, CORES registration eventually will replace
Universal Licensing System, or ULS, registration.

Described as an agency-wide registration system for anyone filing
applications with or making payments to the FCC, CORES will assign a
unique 10-digit FCC Registration Number, or FRN to all registrants.
The FCC says use of the FRN will allow it to more rapidly verify fee

The on-line filing system and further information on CORES is
available by visiting the FCC Web site, and
clicking on the CORES registration link.

For the time being, using an FRN is voluntary, although the
Commission says it will consider making it mandatory in the future
for anyone doing business with the FCC.

CORES registration will supplant ULS registration, but the ULS will
remain the licensing database system for Wireless Telecommunications
Bureau licensees, including amateurs. For now, the ULS remains
available to new registrants. Amateurs who registered in the ULS
prior to June 22 automatically have been registered in CORES and
will receive an FCC Registration Number in the mail. ULS registrants
also may search for their FRN on-line at the FCC's CORES Web site.

A copy of the FCC Public Notice on CORES/FRN is available at