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Hello everyone! I have an interesting question about GMRS licensing. And perusing the FCC site is very painful whcih is why I'm here! I was wondering if I had an unused GMRS license/Call sign, can my GF just use that license with he call sign even though it's got my name on it? Or must I transfer into her name. And if I have to do that, could I just do that on my own FRN or must she have her own FRN.

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Glen

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First the easy one. In order for a license to be in her name she will need to have her own FRN.

Regarding  your GF using your license... I'm no expert, but the FCC has defined "family" in their licensing rules and I don't recall seeing GF, BF, BFF, or significant other among those included.  

 

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4 hours ago, Guest Glen Collins said:

Hello everyone! I have an interesting question about GMRS licensing. And perusing the FCC site is very painful whcih is why I'm here! I was wondering if I had an unused GMRS license/Call sign, can my GF just use that license with he call sign even though it's got my name on it? Or must I transfer into her name. And if I have to do that, could I just do that on my own FRN or must she have her own FRN.

Thanks!

Glen

She’s not in your family, so technically she can’t use it. If you marry or adopt her she could. 😁

I doubt that there’s a way to transfer the license to her anyway. If there were it would probably cost the same $35 as just paying for a new license. 

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Unfortunately, she will have to apply for her own license. There are two legalese passages— IANAL —that prevent your girlfriend from using your unused license.

On 6/17/2022 at 6:07 PM, Guest Glen Collins said:

And perusing the FCC site is very painful whcih is why I'm here!

I agree, and I don't envy the task she has ahead. I recommend Notarubicon's guide for applying for a GMRS license; it's what I used to get mine. As for FRNs, after looking at the FCC's page about FRNs, it appears she will need her own, too, and the guide goes over that also.

 

Onto the legalese. First, the legalese for GMRS actually has provisions for something close to what you want to do, but no cigar: a GMRS license may be used by "immediate family members" of the licensee. Part 95.1705(c)(2), the legalese in question, defines that term rather generously IMO, but it does not extend to boyfriends or girlfriends (weird, it extends to parents and stepparents, but only siblings and not stepsiblings):

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Any individual who holds an individual license may allow his or her immediate family members to operate his or her GMRS station or stations. Immediate family members are the licensee's spouse, children, grandchildren, stepchildren, parents, grandparents, stepparents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and in-laws.

Second, while IANAL, I asked someone who is (obligatory disclaimer: they're not your lawyer) about what the "Conditions" section of my GMRS license means when I got my license. Incidentally, I believe part (or most) of her answer was along the lines of "you can't give it to someone else if you're bored with it and don't want it anymore." I'm guessing that that was conveyed by the following sentence from said section:

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Neither the license nor the right granted thereunder shall be assigned or otherwise transferred in violation of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended.

Perhaps your conditions are different and more lenient... so YMMV? I don't know.

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