The Federal Communications Commission FCC regulates, licenses, and manages the electromagnetic spectrum for both commercial and non-commercial users. This means if you want to broadcast over radio or television, such as because you want to be a ham radio operator, you must first obtain a license from the FCC. While the FCC issues many different types of licenses for different uses and purposes, the process for getting and renewing a license is roughly the same regardless of the type of license issued. This article was written by Jennifer Mueller, JD. Jennifer Mueller is an in-house legal expert at wikiHow. Categories: Communications Law.
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How to Obtain a License from the Federal Communications Commission
Licenses to operate amateur stations for personal use are granted to individuals of any age once they demonstrate an understanding of both pertinent FCC regulations and knowledge of radio station operation and safety considerations. Applicants as young as five years old have passed examinations and were granted licenses. Operator licenses are divided into different classes, each of which corresponds to an increasing degree of knowledge and corresponding privileges. Over the years, the details of the classes have changed significantly, leading to the current system of three open classes and three grandfathered but closed to new applicants classes. Amateur radio licenses in the United States are issued and renewed by the Federal Communications Commission without charge, although the private individuals who administer the examinations may recoup their expenses by charging a fee. Licenses currently remain valid for 10 years from the date of issuance or renewal.
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A license that has expired and gone beyond the two year grace period will be canceled in the FCC system. The licensee will not automatically qualify for a new license. At a minimum, previous license holders must take the current question Technician exam at a VE exam session to return to Amateur Radio. The FCC will issue a new call sign and a new license when the Technician exam is passed.