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Commercial Radio Operator License Program

 

Who Needs A Commercial Operator License?


You need a commercial operator license to operate, and/or to repair and maintain, specified ship, and aircraft radiocommunication stations. The licensing requirements for operating such radio stations and the licensing requirements for repairing and maintaining such radio stations are discussed separately below.

CAUTION:These listings only describe when a commercial operator license is necessary. A commercial operator license does not constitute or imply FCC authorization to transmit radio signals. Before you operate any radio station, make certain that the station is licensed as required by the FCC.

Radio Operations

You need a commercial radio operator license to operate the following:

You do NOT need a commercial operator license to operate the following:

Radio Maintenance and Repair

You need a commercial operator license to repair and maintain the following:

You do NOT need a commercial radio operator license to operate, repair, or maintain any of the following types of stations:

NOTE: Possession of a commercial radio operator license or permit does not authorize an individual to operate amateur or GMRS radio stations. Only a person holding an amateur or GMRS radio operator license may operate an amateur or GMRS radio station.

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Last reviewed/updated on
5/17/2013.