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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB058 (1997)

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ARLB058 FCC announces electronic renewal Form 900

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ARRL Bulletin 58  ARLB058
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT  October 3, 1997
To all radio amateurs

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ARLB058 FCC announces electronic renewal Form 900

Hams now can renew their licenses on line. The FCC's Wireless
Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) has consolidated eight renewal forms
into one form. Form 900, Application for Electronic Renewal of
Wireless Radio Services Authorizations, is an interim measure to
permit all WTB licensees, including hams, to renew their licenses
electronically.

This form is only for renewals, not for license modifications. You
can only enter changes (eg, name, address) using Form 900 as a part
of the process of renewing your license. You can only use Form 900
if the expiration date on your license falls within the renewal
window (within 120 days of expiration). You cannot use Form 900 to
renew an expired license. Form 900 may only be submitted
electronically. No Form 900 paper applications will be accepted.
When filing Form 900, you will be required to enter a Social
Security Number for a taxpayer ID number.

Access Form 900 on the WTB Electronic Commerce page,
http://www.fcc.gov/wtb/electcom.html (click on Production Page for
Electronic Commerce Applications to access the Form 900). Click on
any item number for filing instructions. Once you have filed the
form, clicking on Electronic Renewal Query lets you view or print
the information submitted.

Once you have successfully submitted Form 900, it is important to
click on the Continue button to obtain the fee information
pertaining to your filing. The screen will prompt you with a Fee
Remittance Advice, Form 159. The form will indicate that there is no
charge to renew an Amateur Radio license (except for vanity call
sign holders, who won't have to renew for several more years yet).

Form 900 updates will be batch processed at night. They are not
instantaneous.

Send comments about the FCC Form 900 to sreed(at)fcc.gov. For
technical assistance, call the FCC Technical Support Group at
202-414-1250. Other general information may be obtained from the
FCC's National Call Center at 888-225-5322 (CALL-FCC).
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