This article provides information on getting an FCC Registration Number (FRN). Filers wishing to register a new FRN must first register a Username Account via the Commission Registration System (CORES) at https://apps.fcc.gov/cores/userLogin.doOnce you have activated your new Username Account, you can register for a new FRN by clicking on the "Go To Cores" button on the Email Address Verification page, or by going back to https://apps.fcc.gov/cores/userLogin.do.  

Tutorial Videos on new CORES/Username Accounts can be found here - https://www.fcc.gov/licensing-databases/fcc-registration-system-cores/commission-registration-system-video-tutorials

Steps to Getting an FCC Registration Number (FRN)

  1. Go to the Commission’s Registration System (CORES) and enter your Username and Password, and then Click "Log In".
  2. Click on "Register New FRN" link. Under "Are you registering as an entity or as an individual?" select either "An entity" or "An individual".  Under "Is your contact address within the United States or its territories?" select either "Yes" or "No".  Click "Continue".
    • Note: If you are registering as an individual you will be asked to select either a CORES FRN Registration or Restricted Use FRN. Restricted Use FRNs can only be used for reporting individuals on Form 323 and Form 323-E. Unless you are registering an FRN to use on Form 323 and Form 323-E, please register a CORES FRN Registration.
  3. Fill-in the requested information; items noted with an * indicate required information. Click "Submit".
  4. You will be directed to the FRN Registration Confirmation page.  This page confirms that you have successfully registered for a new FCC Registration Number (FRN) and will state your new FRN.
    • Note: Since you are logged in to CORES with your FCC Username Account, this new FRN registration will automatically link the new FRN to your Username Account and will also make you the default Administrator of the FRN. To log into other FCC systems that require FRN and password, this FRN can be used along with your Username-password.

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)?

  • Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN). For individuals this is a Social Security Number and for businesses this is an Employer Identification Number
  • The name of the individual or business
  • Type of business
  • Contact information
  • Password: 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)

How do I know if I already have an FCC Registration Number (FRN)?

Go to the Commission’s Registration System (CORES) and click Search. You can search by your name, Employer Identification Number (EIN), or contact-related information. You can also login to CORES with your Username and Password to view all the FRN's linked to your Username Account.

Can I have more than one FCC Registration Number (FRN) associated with a specific Tax Payer Identification Number (TIN)?

Yes.

Can an FCC Registration Number (FRN) be associated with more than one Username Account.

Yes.

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Updated: 
Friday, September 30, 2022