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Licensing

The FCC is responsible for managing and licensing the electromagnetic spectrum for commercial users and for non-commercial users including: state, county and local governments. This includes public safety, commercial and non-commercial fixed and mobile wireless services, broadcast television and radio, satellite and other services.  In licensing the spectrum, the Commission promotes efficient and reliable access to the spectrum for a variety of innovative uses as well as promotes public safety and emergency response.

FCC Licensing Systems

Getting Registered - If you wish to conduct business with the FCC, you must first register through the FCC's COmmission REgistration System (CORES). Upon registration, you will be assigned a FCC Registration Number (FRN). This number will be used to uniquely identify you in all transactions with the FCC.

Universal Licensing System (ULS)

The Universal Licensing System allows electronic filing of applications processed by the Commission. The ULS allows you to indicate the application purpose and radio service code and guides you through the filing process until the application is submitted. The ULS also provides the ability to search for applications by providing information such as a file number, applicant name or application purpose or to search for licenses by providing information such as a call sign, licensee name or radio service. Other features of the ULS include the ability to download, in pipe delimited format, application and license data as well as the ability to use mapping software to visually display the specific location or overall geographic area of wireless licenses.

Broadcast Radio and Television Electronic Filing System (CDBS)

CDBS is Mass Media Bureau's Internet based system which permits electronic filing of broadcast radio and television application forms with the FCC. Public Internet access to these electronic filings as well as station, application, and authorization information is available through the CDBS Public Access Link.

Cable Operations and Licensing System (COALS)

COALS is the Media Bureau's Internet based system which permits electronic filing of Cable Operator and Multichannel Video Programming Distributor (MVPD) forms with the FCC. The Commission allows filers to obtain COALS system log-ins, submit cable community registrations and make operator information changes (see 47 CFR 76.1610). The public can also conduct searches of the Cable and CARS databases.

International Bureau Electronic Filing System (MyIBFS)

MyIBFS is an internet-based system which allows for electronic filing of the following types of applications and forms: space station, earth station, Section 214, cable landing license, accounting rate change, recognized operating agency, international signaling point code (ISPC), data network identification code (DNIC), foreign carrier affiliation notification filings, and milestone/bond filings. MyIBFS also provides users with a whole host of query and reporting options. Our goal is to improve the speed and quality of service to our applicants, researchers and the general public.
 

OET Experimental Licensing System Electronic Filing

This website allows the public to electronically file Forms 442, 405, 702, 703, requests for Special Temporary Authority (STA) and include all necessary exhibits. In addition, several reporting options are also available.

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