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Common Filing Tasks

Renew a License


A renewal can be filed no earlier than 90 days prior to the expiration date of a call sign. To complete a manual renewal of your license the FCC Form 605 (Main Form and/or associated schedules) is required. If you currently do not have an FCC Registration Number (FRN) form 160 would be required. Applications requiring fees will also need to submit form 159. The purpose of the filing will either be Renewal Only “RO” or Renewal/Modification “RM”. Renewal Only will be selected to renew an existing license that has not expired and where no changes in the license are being requested. Renewal/Modification will be selected to renew an existing license and request changes to that license (i.e., address, telephone, email, etc.) For a manual filing the appropriate form can be obtained at FCC Forms.
Electronic filers would utilize the Universal Licensing System (ULS). Click on Register, if you do not have an FCC Registration Number (FRN). Continue through the steps until you receive a FRN then proceed to ULS online filing.
  1. Click LOG IN under the Online Filing heading.
  2. Enter your FRN and password. If you do not have your password or have forgotten it, go to FRN Password Reset (t) and enter your FRN and answer the Personal Security Question (PSQ) allowing you to reset your password. If you have not set the PSQ go to Set a Personal Security Question or contact FCC Support.
  3. If you have multiple licenses, you will need to select the call sign by clicking on its link. If you have one license, you will see a button to Begin the Renewal Process.
  4. On the Select Licenses screen, select the license(s) you need to renew in the My Licenses box, and click on the Add button to add them to the Licenses to Renew box.
  5. If you need to make any updates to the license information, select which sections of the license you need to update.
  6. Answer the questions on the following screens; click the Continue button to navigate the screens until you come to the Certification screen, where you will “sign” the application.
  7. Click the Continue to Submit button to submit your application to the Commission. The application will be assigned a file number as a confirmation of submission.
  8. If any application fees are due, you can make the fee payment online or print out the 159 and submit it with payment (check, money order, credit card) to:
    Federal Communications Commission
    Wireless Bureau Applications
    P. O. Box 979097
    St. Louis, MO, 63197-9000
    This fee must be received within 10 calendar days of the filing.
 
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Last reviewed/updated on
2/2/2009