This article provides information on getting an FCC Registration Number (FRN). You need an FRN if you are “doing business with the FCC.” To get an FRN, you need to complete FCC Form 160. The easiest way to complete FCC Form 160 is online by following the steps below.

Steps to Getting an FCC Registration Number (FRN)

  1. Go to the Commission’s Registration System (CORES) and Click Register.
  2. Answer whether the FRN is for an individual or business and whether the address for the contact is within the U.S. and click Continue.
  3. Complete the registration information and click Submit.

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)
  • Personal Security Question (PSQ) and answer: Your PSQ and answer is not case sensitive.

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, Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN), or contact-related information.

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



Wednesday, December 9, 2015