Why have I received this letter?
You have received this letter because you were issued a two-way radio license by the Federal Communications Commision (FCC) and it is going to expire and needs to be renewed. You can also use this letter to modify your license if you have made changes to this license in the past ten (10) years.
When will my license expire?
Your expiration date should be in the top right corner of the enclosed "License Data Sheet". A license can be renewed up to 90 days prior to the expiration date. However, if you have major changes/modifications to the existing license it may take an additional three (3) months to get through the process, so allow for a total of six months.
What does Federal Licensing Inc. charge for a renewal?
FLI charges $110 to prepare the application paperwork that is required for a renewal submission.
Why would I pay Federal Licensing?
1. The license grant is for a ten (10) year period. Usually, the person that handled the renewal ten years earlier is not the same person that will be handling the renewal. The current person in charge of the renewal may not even be aware of the two-way radio license, let alone be familiar with the application process for renewal.
2. The FCC is continually making changes to the governing rules and regulations Part 90 that control the proper use of the two-way radio systems. Most licensees do not keep current on all of the regulations that govern their radio system.
3. The FCC penalty for illegally/improperly used licensed radio systems is $8000/day; not many operators can afford to be out of compliance and face the penalty, even for a short period of time.
Are there any additional costs?
There can be additional filing fees charged by the FCC as well as a frequency coordination fee charged by government appointed coordination companies (EWA, etc.); it all depends on the complexity and purposeful use of the radio system. Not all radio users are required to pay additional fees. You would be notified of additional fees, if they apply, prior to the renewal preparation process.
Can I prepare and submit my own renewal application?
Yes you can; however, remember the automated renewal program FCC Form 574R has been terminated and replaced with a universal form that consists of 105 pages. You will be responsible for obtaining, completing and submitting all portions and addendums that would be required for your specific type of renewal. If you decide on this course of action, please allow for extra time.
I have received a notice like this from another company, what do I do?
Ask for a refund - if another company has requested preparation fees from a radio user more than nine months prior to the expiration date of that license then that entity is probably not legitimate since the FCC will not even accept renewals greater than 90 days prior to expiration. If the entity does not refund your money, you should report them to the FCC, Compliance Division.
Are you the Federal Communications Commission?
No, Federal Licensing, Inc. is a full service license preparation firm. We are located adjacent to the Federal Communications Commission in Gettysburg, PA. Since 1982, we have been providing a full line of application services to the licensees of the FCC. Assistance regarding your licensing needs is always available by calling Federal Licensing, Inc. between the hours of 8am and 3:30pm EST at 888-334-9262.