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Why You Should Get Your FCC Radio License and How to Start

Have you been considering getting your FCC radio license? If you run a business that utilizes two-way radios, getting your license is a great idea.

In this guide, we’re going to walk you through exactly why you should consider getting your FCC radio license and what the process is like. Let’s dive in.

Why You Should Get Your FCC Radio License

The first reason is an obvious one, and it’s because it’s required to have a license to operate any device on the General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) in the United States.

If you don’t have an FCC radio license, you will have to operate a family radio service (FRS) radio since they don’t require one. However, FRS radios are limited and may not provide what you need. For the best operating experience, you should get an FCC license.

Another perk of having an FCC license is that your communication method is more secure. When you have your own license, you don’t have to share a radio frequency with other businesses. You can read about FCC licensing here.

How to Get an FCC Radio Operator License Through the FCC Website

You can apply for an FCC license online through the FCC website using the universal licensing system (ULS). You will need an FCC registration number and password to start the process.

Once you are logged in, begging the application and choose the FCC license option from the drop-down menu. After you complete the application, you will have to pay a fee.

After one or two business days, you can log in again using your FCC registration number and check the status of your application.

How to Get an FCC Ham Radio License Through a Third Party Licensing Company

Some types of FCC licenses, like an FCC amateur radio license, require a third party to get involved. This is because there are various tests you need to pass before you are granted a license.

There are three types of tests: the technician’s license test, the general license test, and the amateur extra license test. The level of license that you want will determine which test you will have to take.

Once you decide which test you’re going to take, you need to begin studying. You can find a variety of free study resources online, but we suggest investing in study materials to make sure you get the best preparation possible. You can also join an online class to help you prepare for the test.

When you are ready to take your test, you can do it remotely or in-person through an FCC accredited volunteer examiner coordinator (VEC). However you take the exam, you will find out right away whether you passed. If you did, you will be granted an FCC ham radio license.

Get Started With Your FCC Radio License

Now that you know more about the process of getting an FCC radio license, you can get started today.


The process may feel tedious, but you will love having your license in the long run. For more resources, check out our other blogs.


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