FCC Application Process License Issued

Does the FCC let me know when my application packet has been approved?  

The FCC will email you once your application is approved. Please check your junk or spam folder often. Upon receipt, you will be able to print your license off through their website. 


The FCC does applications in batches, you will be able to view your license the day it was approved or the day after in your account. 


How can I print off my FCC license?  

Per Public Notice DA 15-72, the FCC will no longer mail the licensee's official license in the mail. The licensee will need to print their own copy of their license.  


If the licensee provided an email address on their application, a link to print their official copy of their license will automatically be emailed to them when the application has granted. Please check your junk or spam folder, sometimes the email accidently ends up there.  


Licensees may also log into Universal Licensing System (ULS) to download official authorizations by following the instructions here


Can I operator and/or maintain while my FCC license application is pending? 

A person who has filed an application for a commercial operator license with the FCC, and who holds a Proof of Passing Certificate(s) indicating that he or she passed the requisite examination(s) within the previous 365 days, is authorized to exercise the rights and privileges of the applied-for operator license during the period before the FCC acts on the application, but only for a period of 90 days from the date the application was filed, provided that the applicant has not had a commercial radio operator license revoked or suspended in the past, and is not the subject of an ongoing suspension proceeding. 


What if I need to renew my license or replace my FCC commercial radio operator license? 

Use the FCC Form 605 and the FCC Form 159 (fee processing form) to renew your license or to replace a lost, stolen, or mutilated license.


NOTE: All commercial radio operator licenses issued on or after May 20, 2013 are valid for the lifetime of the holder, and do not need to be renewed. For licenses issued before that date, see Terms of Licenses to ascertain if your license needs to be renewed. 


How can I request a name change on my FCC license?  

If you change your name, you must apply for a replacement license in your new legal name. Be sure to indicate the reason for your application and give both your former and new legal names. 


Am I required to post my FCC commercial radio operator license or permit?  

If you are employed at a station where your operator license must be posted, you may post either your proof of passing certificate or a signed copy of your renewal application instead of your license while your application for license renewal is being processed.