Need to renew your Amateur License (Your FCC assigned license or your Vanity Call Sign)? There are lots of ways to do it. Please note that there is no longer a fee associated with Vanity Call Signs. Please visit the ARRL for details on Vanity Call Sign Renewal Fees .
You may only renew your license once it is within 90 days of the renewal date – before that, they won’t accept it. If you renew AFTER your license expires, you MUST NOT OPERATE until you receive your renewal in the mail. In all cases, you must not operate on the air without a valid license.
TOP FOUR WAYS TO RENEW YOUR LICENSE
1) RENEWING ELECTRONICALLY WITH FCC VIA THE INTERNET
Renewals of you Amateur License and Vanity Call Sign may be done electronically via the FCC Universal Licensing System (ULS). You may file for electronic renewal at 90 days or less before your license will expire, or up to two years after expiration.
Your will need your FCC Registration Number (FRN) to login. If you don’t have an FRN please Search for your license using you call sign on the ULS. If an FRN was assigned to you it will be associated with your call sign. If you have any problems, please contact ULS support which can be found at the bottom of the webpage.
Processing time can vary depending on the FCC’s workload. Use the ULS website after a few days to search for your call sign and see if your renewal has been processed. If your call sign renewal has not been processed after a few weeks you may contact the FCC by using the support information found at the bottom of the ULS webpage.
2) Use W5YI to renew your license.
W5YI will charge you $8 to renew your license for you.
3) Renew your license with the ARRL
The FREE option is only available to current ARRL members. Non-members are charged a fee.
4) You may also file your renewal by mail directly to the FCC.
You can download Form 605 on the FCC Forms Webpage. Please follow the instructions for Form 605 provided by the FCC.
Special Note: DO NOT use NCVEC Form 605 when mailing to FCC. FCC Form 605 is required and it is the only form the FCC will accept.