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Applying for a New License in the Universal Licensing System (ULS)

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This article provides information on how to file apply for a New License in the Universal Licensing System (ULS).

Steps to Applying for a New License in ULS
  1. Log in to ULS Online Filing with your FCC Registration Number (FRN) and password.
  2. On the left-side of the screen, click Apply for a New License.
  3. From the drop down box, select the Radio Service for the new license.
  4. Click Continue to navigate through the application.
  5. Sign your application and click Submit Application.

    Note: By typing your first and last name in the name fields you have signed your application.

FAQs – Applying for a New License in ULS

Will I owe a filing fee?

Most applications for a New License require a fee. ULS will automatically determine if a fee is required and tell you the amount once you complete your application. If fees are due, they can be paid online as soon as you submit your application.

Additional information about fees is available at the Fees Help page.

How do I know if my application is received at the FCC?

Applications will appear either the next business day in ULS Application Search or two businesses days later for applications filed on a weekend or federal holiday.  Enter the file number in the ULS Application Search to find your application.

What if the drop down box does not contain the radio service as indicated in step 3?

There are a few possibilities:

Amending an Application in the Universal Licensing System (ULS)

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This article provides information on Amending an Application in the Universal Licensing System (ULS). There are generally two reasons for you to amend an application in ULS:

  1. You received a Notice of Return letter from the FCC and you must respond to the letter; or
  2. You need to change some information on an application that is pending.
Steps to Filing a Request to Amend an Application in ULS
  1. Log in to ULS Online Filing with your FCC Registration Number (FRN) and password.

    Note: If you are taken to the My Licenses page, click My Applications to begin the steps below.

  2. Towards the bottom left of the screen, Enter the file number of the application you want to amend and click Go.
  3. On the top right of the screen, Click Update under Work on This Application.

    Note: This step will begin the amendment process.

  4. Make your changes, sign your application and click Submit Application.

    Note: By typing your first and last name in the name fields you have signed your application.

FAQs – Filing a Request to Amend an Application in ULS

Will I owe a filing fee?

Most amendments do not require a fee; however it depends on what information is changed in the amendment. ULS will automatically determine if a fee is required and tell you the amount once you complete your application. If fees are due, they can be paid online as soon as you submit your application.

Additional information about fees is available at the Fees Help page.

Why don’t I see an Update link as indicated in step 3?

There are a few possibilities:

Modifying a License in the Universal Licensing System (ULS)

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This article provides information on Modifying a License in the Universal Licensing System (ULS). You would modify a license to change technical or legal parts of an existing license. For example, adding a frequency, increasing the power of an antenna, or changing the regulatory status of a license are all things that are filed on a modification application.

Changes to administrative information on your license such as mailing address, phone number, or e-mail address are handled by filing an Administrative Update.

Steps to Filing a Request to Modify a License in ULS
  1. Log in to ULS Online Filing with your FCC Registration Number (FRN) and password.

    Note: If you are taken to the My Applications page, click My Licenses to begin the steps below.

  2. Towards the bottom left of the screen, Enter the call sign of the license you want to modify and click Go.
  3. On the top right of the screen, Click Update under Work on This License.
  4. On the Select Updates screen, check the Technical Data box and click Continue.
  5. Make your changes, sign your application and click Submit Application.

    Note: By typing your first and last name in the name fields you have signed your application.

FAQs – Filing a Request to Modify a License in ULS

Will I owe a filing fee?

Some modification applications require a fee; however it depends on what information is changed on the license. ULS will automatically determine if a fee is required and tell you the amount once you complete your application. If fees are due, they can be paid online as soon as you submit your application.

Cancelling a License in the Universal Licensing System (ULS)

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This article provides information on Cancelling a License in the Universal Licensing System (ULS).

Steps to Filing a Request to Cancel a License in ULS
  1. Log in to ULS Online Filing with your FCC Registration Number (FRN) and password.

    Note: If you are taken to the My Applications page, click My Licenses to begin the steps below.

  2. On the left side of the screen, click Cancel Licenses.
  3. Select the licenses and click Add.
  4. Click Continue to navigate through the application.
  5. Sign your application and click Submit Application.

    Note: By typing your first and last name in the name fields you have signed your application.

FAQs – Filing a Request to Cancel a License in ULS

Will I owe a filing fee?

No.

How do I know if my application is received at the FCC?

Applications will appear either the next business day in ULS Application Search or two businesses days later for applications filed on a weekend or federal holiday. Enter the file number in the ULS Application Search to find your application.

When will my license be cancelled?

Generally, the license is cancelled within two business days.

What should I do if I cancelled my license in error?

On the same day that you submitted your application, you can delete the application.

Within 30 days from the date that your license is cancelled, you can file a Petition for Reconsideration.

Updating Administrative Information on a License in the Universal Licensing System (ULS)

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This article provides information on how to update administrative information on a license in the Universal Licensing System (ULS). You would file a request to update administrative information on a license to change information such as mailing address, phone number, or e-mail address.

Steps to Filing a Request to Update Administrative Information on a License in ULS
  1. Log in to ULS Online Filing with your FCC Registration Number (FRN) and password.

    Note: If you are taken to the My Applications page, click My Licenses to begin the steps below.

  2. On the left side click Update Licenses.
  3. Select the licenses and click Add.
  4. Click Continue to navigate through the application.

    Note: If you select Radio Service, Alien Ownership, Qualifications, & Demographics, or Technical Data, these options are considered a license modification. Information about license modifications is available in the Modifying a License article.

  5. Sign your application and click Submit Application.

    Note: By typing your first and last name in the name fields you have signed your application.

FAQs - Filing a Request to Update Administrative Information on a License in ULS

Will I owe a filing fee?

No.

Can I change the licensee name by filing a request to update administrative information on a license?

Yes, but only if the name change does not involve a change in ownership of the license or licensee. Otherwise, a transfer of control or license assignment application needs to be filed. Additional information about these types of filings is available at the Transactions Topic page.

Updating FCC Registration Number (FRN) Information in the Universal Licensing System (ULS)

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This article provides information on updating your FCC Registration Number (FRN) information. To update your FRN information, you need to complete FCC Form 161. The easiest way to complete FCC Form 161 is online by following the steps below.

Note: Updating your FRN information does not update information in the FCC’s licensing systems such as the Universal Licensing System (ULS). If you need to update information about licenses, you need to access the specific licensing systems.

Steps to Updating FCC Registration Number (FRN) Information
  1. Go to the FCC Commission’s Registration System (CORES) and Click Update.
  2. Enter your FRN and Password and click Continue.
  3. Complete the registration information and click Submit.
FAQs – Updating FCC Registration Number (FRN) Information

I entered my password incorrectly in step # 2 above and I’m locked out. What should I do?

You can reset your password by following the steps in the Resetting an FCC Registration Number (FRN) Password article.

 

 

Resetting an FCC Registration Number (FRN) Password in the Universal Licensing System (ULS)

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This article provides information about resetting FCC Registration Number (FRN) passwords. There are two options for resetting an FRN password:

  1. Providing your Personal Security Question (PSQ) or
  2. Setting up a Personal Security Question (PSQ).

You can view other help articles about logins/passwords on the right side of this page.

Steps to Resetting an FCC Registration Number (FRN) Password if you have a Personal Security Question (PSQ)
  1. Go to the FRN Password Reset Page and click Reset Password.
  2. Enter your FRN and click Continue.
  3. Enter your Personal Security Question Answer and click Continue.
  4. Enter your new password in both boxes and click Continue.

Note: Your new password is available immediately.

Steps to Resetting an FCC Registration Number (FRN) Password if you do not have a Personal Security Question (PSQ)
  1. Go to the FRN Password Reset Page and click Set Personal Security Question.
  2. Complete the information, check the Certify box and click Submit.

Note: You can track the status of your request by using the Tracking Number your received. A request to set up a PSQ is usually completed within one business day. You will receive an email when your PSQ has been set.

FAQs – Resetting an FCC Registration Number (FRN) Password

What does a password consist of?

A password must be at least 6 characters and must include three of the four character types: 

  • Uppercase letters (A, B, C, etc)
  • Lowercase letters (a, b, c, etc)
  • Special characters (~, !, @, etc)
  • Numbers (1, 2, 3, etc)

 

Getting an FCC Registration Number (FRN) in the Universal Licensing System (ULS)

This article provides information on getting an FCC Registration Number (FRN). You need an FRN if you are “doing business with the FCC.” To get an FRN, you need to complete FCC Form 160. The easiest way to complete FCC Form 160 is online by following the steps below.

Steps to Getting an FCC Registration Number (FRN)
  1. Go to the Commission’s Registration System (CORES) and Click Register.
  2. Answer whether the FRN is for an individual or business and whether the address for the contact is within the U.S. and click Continue.
  3. Complete the registration information and click Submit.
FAQs – Getting an FCC Registration Number (FRN)

Why do I need an FCC Registration Number (FRN)?

The Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996 (DCIA) sets out to improve collection of delinquent government debts. As a result of the DCIA, the FCC and other executive agencies collect the Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) from each individual or organization doing business with a federal agency, including applicants for, or recipients of, a federal license or permit.

You register your information in the FCC’s Commission Registration System (CORES) and are immediately issued an FCC Registration Number (FRN) and password that is tied to the TIN you provided.

What information do I need to provide to get an FCC Registration Number (FRN)?

Filing a Pleading in the Universal Licensing System (ULS)

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This article provides information on filing a Pleading in the Universal Licensing System (ULS).  There are many types of pleadings. However, two types of pleadings are most often filed in ULS.

  1. Petition for Reconsideration – A petition for reconsideration is filed when a party would like the FCC to reconsider a previous FCC action, such as a dismissal or grant of an application or a termination of a license. A petition for reconsideration must contain specific and factual information stating why a party requests reconsideration, and must be filed within 30 days of the Public Notice listing the FCC action.
  2. Petition to Deny – A petition to deny is filed when a party opposes an application. A petition to deny must contain specific and factual information stating why a party opposes an application, and must be filed within 30 days of the Public Notice listing the application as accepted for filing.
Steps to Filing a Pleading in ULS
  1. Go to the Pleadings Page.
  2. Select the Pleading Type from the drop down box
  3. Enter the Filer and Contact Information and click Continue
  4. Click the File Number or Call Sign button
  5. Enter the File Number or Call Sign in the box and click Submit

    Note: Repeat Step 5 for each File Number or Call Sign

  6. Check the box next to each File Number or Call Sign and click Continue
  7. Select the Type of Pleading, Browse the location to upload the pleading, enter a Description of the pleading, and click Add Attachment

    Note: Repeat Step 7 for each separate file you want to upload

  8. Click Submit Pleading
FAQs – Filing a Pleading in ULS

Are there specific FCC rules regarding filing pleadings?

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