Commercial Radio Operator License Program
Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permit-Limited Use (RL)
- An RL generally authorizes the same privileges as a Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permit (RR), but is issued only to persons who are NOT legally eligible for employment in the United States. However, if your eligibility
for an RL is based on your holding of a valid FCC radio station license, then the RL authorizes you to operate only your
licensed radio station, and no other radio station.
To qualify, you must:
- hold a valid United States pilot certificate issued by the Federal Aviation Administration; or
- hold a foreign aircraft pilot certificate which is valid in the United States on the basis of a reciprocal agreement with
the foreign government; or
- hold a valid radio station license issued by the FCC in your own name. (An RL issued on this basis will authorize you to
operate your own station only.)
AND you must:
- be able to speak and hear; and
- be able to keep at least a rough written log; and
- be familiar with provisions of applicable treaties, laws and rules which govern the radio station you will operate.
Term of License
An RL is issued for the holder's lifetime.
How to Obtain a License
Submit FCC Form 605. There is no proof of passing certificate requirement for an RL. Use the FCC Form 605 and the FCC Form 159 (fee processing form) to replace a lost, stolen, or mutilated license.