PSHSB Application Fee Filing Guide
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
PUBLIC SAFETY AND HOMELAND SECURITY
FEE FILING GUIDE
SECTION 8 FEES
Communications Assistance for Law
Enforcement Act (CALEA) Petitions
This is an unofficial compilation of the radio services and requests for FCC actions that are subject to fees. The public should consult the Commission's Rules as set out in Title 47 of the Code
of Federal Regulations (CFR) for application filing requirements. Further information on fees may be obtained at Part I, Subpart G of the CFR or in the Commission's official decision
implementing the Congressional Schedule of Charges. This decision is published in the FCC Record or may be purchased from the Commission's current copy contractor.
Effective July 3, 2014
The authority of the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) to impose and collect fees and associated
charges is contained in Title III, Section 3001 of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1989 (Public Law 101-
239), Section 8, revising 47 U.S.C. 158, which directs the Commission to prescribe charges for certain types of
applications and other filings by communications entities over which it has jurisdiction. Application processing fees
are deposited in the U.S. Treasury.
This Fee Filing Guide is considered a reference guide to identify and describe the entire filing requirements for the
Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau. It is meant to be a handy reference of the services and requests for FCC
actions for which the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau has responsibility that are subject to a fee. The
guide consists of two parts, Parts A and B, as well as a breakdown of the type of application, form number, fee amount,
payment type code, and the mailing address.
Part A provides instructions on how to pay a fee and identifies other processing services available to the requestor.
Always read Part A before attempting to complete any of the forms required with your submission. Part B provides
specific information pertaining to the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau’s Section 8 (application) fee.
If further information is required that cannot be answered in this guide, please consult the Commission's Rules as set
forth in Title 47, Part 1, Subpart G, Section 1.1101 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Additional copies of this
guide may be obtained by calling (202) 418-FORM. All fees are subject to modification as required by Congress.
IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR APPLICANTS/LICENSEES
WHO SUBMIT FEEABLE FILINGS
Effective December 3, 2001, the use of the FCC Registration Number (FRN) is mandatory. Failure to register or include an
FRN on your FCC Form 159 will result in your application being returned as unprocessable. If you do not yet have an FRN,
you can obtain one through the FCC website listed below, or by filling out the registration form (Form 160) and submitting the
registration form along with your payment and FCC Form 159. Unless the payer and the applicant are the same person or
entity, a separate FRN number must be used for the payer FRN and the applicant FRN. If you are acting as an agent for an
entity, and the remittance (i.e., check or credit card) carries your name as an official designated to pay on behalf of the entity,
you must include the entity’s name both as payer and applicant in order to use the same FRN. Failure to follow these
instructions will result in your application being returned as unprocessable. Please note that transactions with the FCC
require the use of the FCC FRN. Therefore, please have the FRN available when contacting or submitting documents to
Ways to obtain a FCC Form 159:
Call the FCC’s Form Distribution Center at 1-800-418-FORM .
Pick up the form at the Commission in Room TW-B200
Call CORES Helpdesk at 1-877-480-3201.
If you were registered in the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau’s Universal Licensing System (ULS) and your registration
included all the information we needed to issue a Registration Number, you have already been pre-registered. You may want to
check CORES to determine if you are still registered, or if you have forgotten your registration number.
Ways to obtain an FCC Registration Number (FRN):
Online (takes less than five minutes):
Step 1: Visit the FCC website: https://www.fcc.gov
Step 2: On the FCC homepage, locate the following hyperlink on the left margin and double click on it:
FCC Registration Number (FRN)
Commission Registration System
Step 3: Click on the bar containing the word “Register.” It is the bar on the left.
Step 4: Check the boxes that pertain to you or your organization on the form entitled: “Registration Type,” then click on the
word “continue” at the bottom part of the page.
Step 5: At the top left side of the screen there should be the words: “FRN Registration.” Enter the information that pertains to
you or your organization, and then click on the word “submit” that appears on the bottom of the page.
Step 6: The FRN system will issue to you a unique FCC Registration Number.
Check your pre-assigned number at www.fcc.gov, click on E-Filing at the top of the page, and scroll
down to the CORES Registration link.
File FCC Form 160, (CORES Registration). You may obtain the form at https://www.fcc.gov/forms
or by calling the FCC’s CORES Helpdesk at 1-877-480-3201. You may also pick up the form in
Commission Room TW-B200. Mailing instructions are on the form.
If you are unable to register electronically, you can still submit your application for a Registration Number (FCC Form 160)
directly to U.S. Bank (along with your filing documents and payment) or fax the FRN registration form to the CORES Helpdesk
at (202) 418-7869 for some filing procedures. U.S. Bank will register you and you will receive a confirmation letter from the
FCC through the U.S. Postal Service mail.
DEBT COLLECTION IMPROVEMENT ACT
In accordance with the Debt Collection Improvement Act (DCIA), the Commission will begin withholding action on
applications and other requests for benefits upon discovery that the entity applying for or seeking benefits is delinquent
in its non-tax debts owed to the Commission, and dismiss such applications or requests if the delinquent debt is not
resolved. Our application fee rules have been amended to state that we will withhold action on applications or other
requests if payment of the delinquent debt is not made or satisfactory arrangements for payment are not made. Those
rule amendments were effective October 1, 2004.
REMITTANCE ADVICE - FCC FORM 159
The Remittance Advice, FCC Form 159, must accompany payment to the Federal Communications Commission for Regulatory
Fees, Application Processing Fees, Fines, Forfeitures, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) billings or any other debt due to the
FCC. The information on this form is collected and stored in a database to ensure credit of full payment of monies due, to
expedite any refunds due, and to service public inquiries. Please refer to Parts B/C of this guide for specific form requirements.
Reproduced forms are acceptable. FCC Form 159C is a remittance advice continuation sheet that must be used when paying for
more than two call signs in a single filing or when paying for multiple applicants in a single filing. Each call sign and/or
applicant must be listed separately on the FCC Form 159/FCC Form 159C.
METHOD OF PAYMENT (DO NOT SEND CASH)
Payment of fees may be made by check, bank draft, money order, credit card or wire transfer. If paying by check, bank draft,
money order or wire transfer, your remittance must be denominated in U.S. dollars, drawn on a U.S. financial institution and
made payable to "FCC." No postdated, altered or third party checks will be accepted. No checks will be accepted for
processing if older than six months. The Commission will accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover credit
cards. Online credit card payments are also acceptable. Online credit card payment is an available option when filing
electronic application submissions. If you choose this method of combined filing/payment, do not send an FCC Form
159 to U.S. Bank.
If paying by wire, applicants located in foreign countries should contact their local bank to determine what U.S. financial
institution their bank is affiliated with that will allow a transfer of funds. Please keep in mind that there may be an additional
transfer fee added from your bank for this service. If an additional cost is required by your bank, and you have not included
additional funds to cover this cost, it will be taken out of the funds that will be transferred. This will result in your remaining
transfer amount being insufficient to cover the fee for the filing. Please check with your bank prior to completing this
transaction to determine its policy.
For further instructions in making payment by wire see our website at https://www.fcc.gov/fees/wiretran.html.
Payment of fees, fines, and other debts may also be made by electronic payment. This is designed specifically for larger
corporations capable of CPU/CPU communication. Under this method, the payer bank wires funds directly to the
Commission's lockbox bank. As with cash payments, the funds must be wired from a U.S. financial institution. To obtain more
information about electronic payment and how it works, please contact the Revenue and Receivables Operations Group at (202)
418-1995. For further information on making payment by electronic transfer see our website at
All no-fee applications filed in Washington, DC must be filed directly with the Secretary's Office, Room TW-B204, 445 12th
Street, SW, Washington, DC 20554 and should be captioned Attention: Enforcement Bureau.
FEE EXEMPT APPLICATIONS
Please check the appropriate block on your application, and if you have not previously done so, provide the proper
documentation, as required, to certify that your application is fee exempt. 47 CFR, Part 1, Section 1.1114 of the Commission's
rules explains who qualifies as fee exempt.
MANAGING DIRECTOR DECISIONS
Requests for waivers, fee determinations, reconsiderations, applications for review, deferments, and specific refund requests are
referred directly to the Office of the Managing Director. Each request is forwarded to the Office of General Counsel for review
and legal determination. 47 CFR, Part 1, Sections 1.1113 & 1.1117 govern the Commission's policies in these instances. The
requester will receive written notification of the Managing Director's decision. These decisions are published monthly and are
placed in FCC Docket 86-285. All such requests must be submitted in writing to:
Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street, SW, Room 1-A625
Washington, DC 20554
WAIVERS, FEE DETERMINATIONS, AND DEFERRALS PROCESS
The required filing fee must be paid for the service requested using the normal process. All requests for waivers and fee
determinations are filed directly with the Managing Director in Washington, DC. If the Commission grants the waiver request
or the fee determination results in a lower fee, a refund will be issued. Deferrals of fees are also filed in Washington, DC, and
have a limit of up to six months with good cause. Deferrals of fees are considered when the inability to pay the required fee is
due to a financial hardship (i.e., bankruptcy), and must be accompanied by supporting documentation.
The appropriate Bureau/Office handles routine refund requests. When a Bureau/Office determines that a refund is warranted, it
is forwarded to the Office of the Managing Director, Revenue and Receivables Operations Group for processing. The Revenue
and Receivables Operations Group (RROG) handles all approved refund requests. Once the refund request is approved, the
refund process usually takes 7-10 business days. Once a request has been reviewed and processed by RROG, it is forwarded to
the U.S. Treasury in San Francisco, California where a check is issued to the payer of the remittance. For further information
on return or refund of charges, refer to 47 CFR, Part 1, Section 1.1113 of the Commission’s Rules.
Parties hand-delivering applications or filings may receive dated receipt copies of the application or filing from the acceptance
clerk at the time of delivery. Receipts will be provided for mail-in applications or filings if an extra copy of the application or
filing is provided along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Only one piece of paper per application will be stamped for
receipt purposes. A “stamp and receipt” copy must be placed on top of the original package and clearly identified as a return
When delivering applications requiring fees by hand or by courier, use the following address: Federal Communications
Commission, c/o U.S. Bank – Government Lockbox # 979092, SL-MO-C2-GL, 1005 Convention Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63101
(Attention: FCC Government Lockbox). This address is for hand or courier delivery only. DO NOT use it for mailing
applications. When using the address, enclose the application package in an inner envelope marked with the correct
Post Office Box number. For the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, the correct Post Office Box number is:
If you have questions regarding your application and/or fee, you may call toll free the FCC’s Consumer Center at 1-888-
CALLFCC (1-888-225-5322). For information on CORES call the CORES Administrator at 1-877-480-3201.
PART B: SECTION 8 FEE
I. PUBLIC SAFETY AND HOMELAND SECURITY’S DEFINITION OF
THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (FCC) REGULATES INTERSTATE AND INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS BY RADIO, TELEVISION ,
WIRELINE, WIRELESS, SATELLITE AND CABLE. THE COMMUNICATIONS ACT REQUIRES COMMON CARRIERS TO FURNISH THEIR SERVICES ON
REQUEST AND AT JUST, REASONABLE AND NON-DISCRIMINATORY RATES. THE FCC IS AUTHORIZED TO PROMOTE THE PUBLIC INTEREST IN THESE
CHARGES AND PRACTICES OF COMMON CARRIERS BY TITLES I THROUGH III OF THE ACT. THE AGENCY ALSO ALLOCATES RADIO SPECTRUM AND
ORBITAL SLOTS FOR VARIOUS TYPES OF COMMON CARRIER SERVICES.
COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANCE FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT ACT (CALEA)
SECTION 302 OF CALEA, PUB. L. NO. 103-414, 108 STAT. 4279 (1994), MODIFIES THE SCHEDULE OF APPLICATION FEES IN SECTION 8(G) OF THE
COMMUNICATIONS ACT OF 1934, 47 U.S.C. § 159(G): “. . . BY INSERTING UNDER ITEM 1 OF THE MATTER PERTAINING TO COMMON CARRIER
TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES THE FOLLOWING ADDITIONAL SUBITEM: (D). PROCEEDING UNDER SECTION 109(B) OF CALEA …” SECTION 109(B)
OF CALEA ALLOWS TELECOMMUNICATIONS CARRIERS TO PETITION THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION FOR AN ORDER DECLARING
“NOT REASONABLY ACHIEVABLE” THE PETITIONING CARRIER’S OBLIGATION TO COMPLY WITH CALEA SECTION 103 (CAPABILITY REQUIREMENTS).
II. SECTION 8 FEE SCHEDULE AND FILING GUIDE
1. Communication Assistance for
Federal Communications Commission
Law Enforcement (CALEA)
Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau
P.O. Box 979092
St. Louis, MO 63197-9000