Most filing requirements are detailed in the FCC Rules, while others are set forth in Orders or as conditions to Authorizations.  This list provides information on the most common requirements for interstate and international telecommunications carriers.  In addition, some of these requirements apply to non-carrier service providers.  This list is provided for informational purposes only; it is not intended to be exhaustive, nor is it intended to serve as legal guidance or precedent.  In all cases, independent research and determination of the applicability of any FCC rule or requirement is required.

Most FCC forms are located on the FCC Forms website.  Reports summarizing some of the information filed with the FCC can be found at Wireline Competition Bureau Data and Statistical Reports.

General requirements that may apply to providers of telecommunications services and other providers:

  • Automated Reporting Management Information System (ARMIS)  
  • Carrier Registration Requirement (Section 64.1195)
    • For more information, please see FCC Forms (Form 499-A).
  • Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) (Section 64.2105)
    • For more information, please see the FCC’s CALEA page.
  • Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI) Compliance Certification (Section 64.2009)
    • For more information, please see the FCC’s CPNI page.
  • Designation of Agent for Service of Process (Section 1.47(h))
    • For more information, please see FCC Forms (Form 499-A).
  • Domestic Section 214 Approval
  • FCC Form 160 Commission Registration System (CORES)
  • FCC Form 395 Common Carrier Annual Employment Report and Discrimination Complaint Requirement
    • For more information, please see FCC Forms.
  • FCC Form 477 Local Telephone Competition and Broadband Reporting
  • FCC Forms 492 and 492A Rate of Return
    • For more information, please see FCC Forms.
  • FCC Form 499-A Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet – Annual Filing  
    • For more information, please see FCC Forms.
  • FCC Form 499-Q Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet – Quarterly Filing for Universal Service Contributors  
    • For more information, please see FCC Forms.
  • FCC Form 502 Numbering Resource Utilization/Forecast Report (NRUF)
  • Geographic Rate Averaging Certification (Section 64.1900)
  • Interstate Service Tariff
    • For more information regarding these requirements, please see the FCC’s Tariffs page.
  • Quarterly Percentage of Interstate Usage (PIU) Reporting and Certification by Prepaid Calling Card Providers (Section 64.5001)
  • Regulatory Fees
  • Section 43.21(c) Letter   Annual Revenue and Total Communications Plant Reporting 

Additional requirements that apply to international service providers:

Updated: 
Friday, November 14, 2014