How to apply for a GMRS license and receive your FCC call sign
Here is a step by step guide on how to obtain a GMRS license and call sign from the FCC. I originally posted this on my blog, but I want to share all the same content here for future reference for any members, guests, and visitors to myGMRS.com.
To obtain a GMRS license, one must file an application with the FCC and pay a $70 fee. No exam is required, and the license is valid for 10 years. The FCC’s Universal Licensing System (ULS) is is an online portal to manage your FCC applications/licenses, and pay any applicable fees via a single account. The ULS eliminates the need for paper applications and submitting via snail mail. You may also view the status of pending licenses in the ULS. Once registered with the ULS, you will receive an FCC Registration Number (FRN). This is a 10-digit number that is assigned to a business or individual registering with the FCC, and is used to identify the registrant’s business dealings with the FCC. Once you have this ID number – save it! This will be your username to log in to the Universal Licensing System.
Before continuing, I want to highlight one very important consideration when dealing with FCC licenses. Your call sign and license is public information and is easily searchable in FCC databases and other records. Should you choose to register with your home address, this will be visible to anybody if they have your call sign. Exposing personal information on the internet is a concern now more than ever, so one approach to limiting the amount of personal information in FCC databases is to use a P.O. Box as your contact address. Here is what my GMRS license information looks like when queried in the FCC database - WRAA720:
I use this P.O. Box address in the center of my local metro area as my primary contact location for all FCC forms and dealings. My actual home address is not associated with my FCC licenses.
Step 1: Create an FCC Universal Licensing System account
If you are a first time user, create a new ULS account here (skip this step if you have an existing ULS account). Select “Register” to be issued a new FCC Registration Number:
Some questions are asked before proceeding, then you can fill out an application with your name, address, password, etc:
Step 2: Log in to the ULS
After creating the account, or if you have an existing ULS account, log in here. Use your existing FCC Registration Number (FRN), or the FRN provided after completing the first step.
Once you are logged in, you will be taken to this screen which shows your current and applied for licenses:
Step 3: Begin application for a GMRS license
Now we can apply for a GMRS license and pay the fee. On the left hand side menu click “Apply for a New License.”
On the next screen, select “ZA-General Mobile Radio Service” from the very bottom of the drop down menu and click Continue.
The next step is to answer these applicant questions. Most people can leave “no” selected for each:
Click continue after these questions, and on the next screen supply the licensee name and address:
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