Radiotelegraph Operator License Class and Term Reminder PN
Federal Communications Commission
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Washington, D.C. 20554
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Released: April 19, 2013
WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS BUREAU REMINDS RADIOTELEGRAPH
OPERATOR’S CERTIFICATE HOLDERS ABOUT UPCOMING CHANGES TO THEIR
LICENSE CLASS AND TERM
In the Report and Order in WT Docket No. 10-177, the Commission amended the rules
concerning radiotelegraph operator licenses, effective May 20, 2013. The Commission consolidated First
Class Radiotelegraph Operator’s Certificates (T1) and Second Class Radiotelegraph Operator’s
Certificates (T2) into a new license class, the Radiotelegraph Operator License (T).1 This change takes
effect with respect to existing licenses upon renewal – that is, T1s and T2s renewed on or after May 20,
2013 will be renewed as Ts, but existing T1s and T2s will retain their current license class for the duration
of the current license term. The Commission also consolidated Third Class Radiotelegraph Operator’s
Certificates (T3) with Marine Radio Operator Permits (MP) – T3s renewed on or after May 20, 2013 will
be renewed as MPs, but existing T3s will retain their current license class for the duration of the current
license term.2 Also, no applications for new T1s, T2s, or T3s will be accepted as of May 20, 2013.3
In addition, the Commission extended the license term of radiotelegraph operator licenses to the
lifetime of the holder.4 For existing licenses, this change also takes effect upon renewal. T1, T2, and T3
holders must renew their licenses as set forth above in order to obtain lifetime status.
For technical assistance in renewing a license, please contact the ULS Technical Support Hotline
at (877) 480-3201, option 2, (717) 338-2888, or (717) 338-2824 (TTY). The ULS Technical Support
Hotline is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET. There are no weekend
hours, and the hotline is closed on all Federal holidays. To provide quality service and ensure security, all
telephone calls are recorded.
1 See Amendment of the Commission’s Rules Concerning Commercial Radio Operators, Report and Order, WT Docket
No. 10-177, 28 FCC Rcd 532, 535 ¶ 7 (2013) (Report and Order); see also 47 C.F.R. §§ 13.7. 13.13.
2 See Report and Order, 28 FCC Rcd at 535 ¶ 8; see also 47 C.F.R. §§ 13.7. 13.13. T3 holders who are renewed as
MPs will retain element credit for Telegraphy Elements 1 and 2, and will be able to upgrade to T by passing written
Element 6. See Report and Order, 28 FCC Rcd at 535 ¶ 8.
3 See Report and Order, 28 FCC Rcd at 535 ¶ 8; see also 47 C.F.R. § 13.7.
4 See Report and Order, 28 FCC Rcd at 535-36 ¶ 9; see also 47 C.F.R. § 13.15.
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