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License Search Help
Lease-Specific Search

The Lease Specific Search allows you to search for leases. Choose from a range of search criteria, which include many of the fields available in ULS Advanced License Search (see Advanced License Search Help for more information). The following criteria are available:

Name
The name of the individual or business entity holding the lease.

If searching for an individual's full name as the Lessee Name, enter the name in the following order:

Last Name [Space] Suffix [Comma] [Space] First Name [Space] Middle Initial

Here is an example:

Public Jr, Joe D

Note: Spaces between last name and suffix (if there is one), comma and first name, and first name and middle initial (if there is one) are required.

  • You must use a suffix if the individual used one when applying for the license.
  • Do not use periods after the suffix or middle initial.
  • Middle Initial is optional.

You may search on just the last name by entering the name. Your results will be matches to the entered character string. For example, if you input “Smith’ the search engine will return all records that contain these character strings. Because this kind of search is broad, many records might be returned, which can hinder a quick search.

Lease Identifier
The combination of letters and numbers that identify an FCC lease.

FRN
The Licensee or Lessee FCC Registration Number (FRN) is a unique 10-digit number that is assigned by the Commission Registration System (CORES) to any entity doing business with the FCC. The FRN you search on will return all leases associated with that FRN whether it belongs to the licensee or lessee

Market Type
Each market is defined by a geographical area and is always made up of one or more counties. Examples are MTA, BTA, MEA, EA, etc.

Market
Search by the market as defined by a geographical area within a market type. The market is designated by a three digit market type and a number, e.g. MVD00 New York, AMT001- Northern Atlantic, etc.

Channel Block
Search by the letter or number of the channel block, e.g. A, B, DD, etc.

Radio Service Code
Search by the 2-letter code assigned to the wireless service issued within the Universal Licensing System (ULS). Click here for a complete listing of Radio Services and their two letter codes.

Classification of Lease
You may choose one of the following lease classifications or click the All checkbox to search on both types of leases.

The classifications are:

Spectrum Manager Lease, in which (1) the Licensee retains de jure control of its license and De Facto control over the leased spectrum pursuant to the De Facto control standard applicable to spectrum leasing arrangements (see Section 1.9010 of the Commission's Rules), and (2) the Licensee and Lessee meet the other applicable requirements for Spectrum Manager Leases as set forth in the Commission's Rules.

De Facto Transfer Lease, in which de facto control over the use of the leased spectrum is transferred to the Lessee, provided that (1) the Licensee retains de jure control of its license, and (2) the Licensee and Lessee meet the other applicable requirements for De Facto Transfer Leases as set forth in the Commission's Rules.

Lease Duration
Search either short term leases, long term leases or both by clicking the All checkbox. Short term leases are leases in which the cumulative lease term is no longer than 365 days. Long term leases are leases which may have a lease term longer than 365 days.

Status

All
Active
Canceled
Expired
Terminated
Termination Pending

Note: In ULS License Search, All is selected by default. To narrow your search, clear the All checkbox and select the desired status codes.

Date Information
You can search for leases with a given date range and on specified date information. From the top pull-down menu, select the kind of date information you would like to use in your search. You can choose from the following:

Grant/Accepted Date
The date on which an application for a new lease is granted or accepted by the Commission and the official date on which the license authorization is generated or the date on which an application or notification for a new lease is granted or accepted by the Commission and the spectrum leasing letter is generated.

Commencement Date
The date on which a lease commences.

Expiration Date
The date after which an FCC-granted lease ceases to be valid. For example, a lease with a 12/1/2016 expiration is no longer valid at 12:00am on 12/2/2016. Short term leases cannot have cumulative terms greater than 365 days. Long term leases cannot have an Expiration Date later than the Expiration Date of the license from which spectrum is leased.

Cancellation Date
The date a Lease Identifier becomes inactive. The licensee/lessee may file an application to request cancellation. Leases can become inactive when the license or lease expires and is auto-deleted via ULS's auto-expiration program. The Commission can terminate the lease or terminate the underlying license which will automatically terminate the lease.

Last Action Date
Date of the last action performed by the FCC on a lease.

Date
From the date pull-down menu you can select Custom and enter a date range in the From and To fields. You can also choose one of the listed fixed date ranges such as “In the last 30 days” or “In the last 60 days,” and the dates will automatically be calculated and displayed in the From and To fields. Both the From and To fields must contain a date. Dates must be entered in MM/DD/YYYY format.

Customize Your Results Report Display Options
These options allow you to customize the display format of the resulting Search report. Three display options are customizable:

Display
Allows you to display a number of results on one screen. Available options are:

  • 10 matches
  • 20 matches
  • 50 matches
  • 100 matches

Sorted By
Allows you to sort the results by field priority. Available options are:

  • Call Sign
  • Name
  • FRN
  • Radio Service
  • Status Code
  • Expiration Date

Order
Allows you to specify either ascending or descending order.

Other Criteria

  • The Search button activates the database search.
  • The Reset button returns all form elements to their default state.
  • Select "exact matches only" to search for only the records that exactly match the character string. For example, if you input either "0123456789" in the FRN box or "Smith, John" in the Licensee Name box and select "exact matches only," then the search engine would return only records that contain these exact character strings. In other words, neither records with just "01234" nor records with just "Smith" would be returned. This search is narrower, returns fewer records, and can speed up a search.
  • If you do not select the "exact matches only" check-box, your search will by default include all records that contain the entered character string. For example, if you input either "1234" in the FRN field or "Smith" in the Applicant Name field, the search engine will return all records that contain these character strings. Because this kind of search is broad, many records might be returned, which can hinder a quick search.
  • You can use the underscore character “_” as a wildcard in the Applicant Name, Call Sign, and Application File Number fields to widen your search. For example, if you enter j__n in the Applicant Name field, the search returns every applicant that has “j” as the first letter in a name and “n” as the fourth letter, such as Johnson, Johnston, and Jennings. A wildcard is automatically included by Application Search at the end of search criteria entries. A wildcard character cannot precede search criteria and cannot be entered alone without other criteria.
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