The combination of letters and numbers that identify an
The name of the wireless service under which the Universal Licensing System (ULS) has issued the license. The name of the service is preceded by a unique, 2-letter code assigned to the service in ULS. Click here for a complete listing of Radio Services and their two letter codes.
The current status of the license, designated by the following
NOTE: When searching in ULS License Search, all statuses
are selected by default. To narrow your search, deselect
undesired status codes.
- Auth (Authorization) Type
DevelopmentalAuthorizations that the FCC granted
for developmental authority to construct and operate transmitters
for the purpose of developing a new radio service or a
new technology not regularly authorized under specific
- STAAuthorizations that the FCC granted
for temporary use (i.e., circumstances requiring immediate
or emergency use of facilities, temporary authority to
install and/or operate new or modified equipment, etc.).
- DemonstrationLicenses used by licensees
involved in the sale and/or marketing of radio equipment.
Demonstration licenses may be used for purposes of demonstrating
equipment to potential customers at trade shows or at
other exhibitions, performing on site coverage studies
for potential customers, or other uses as provided for
under specific FCC rules.
- RegularRegular authorizations, not applicable
for Developmental, STA, or Demonstration
The date on which the license term (usually 10 years) begins.
This date also sets the timetable for any applicable construction
or coverage deadlines.
The date on which a license becomes effective. In most cases
this is the same as the Grant Date. For modifications, the
original Grant Date of the license will remain the same,
but the Effective Date will be the day the Modification
The date after which a license ceases to be valid. For example,
a license with a 12/1/2004 expiration is no longer valid
at 12:00am on 12/2/2004. In most cases wireless licenses
have a 10-year license term, and the expiration date is
the 10-year anniversary date of the original license grant
The date a call sign became inactive. The licensee may file
an application to request cancellation. Licenses can become
inactive when the license expires and is auto-deleted via
ULSs auto-expiration program. The FCC can also chose
to terminate the license in the case where a licensee fails
to meet its debt obligations to the U.S. government with
respect to an auctioned license or for non-construction
or discontinuance of operations.
The FCC Registration Number (FRN) is a unique 10-digit number
that is assigned by the Commission Registration System (CORES)
to an entity doing business with the FCC. The FCC will use
the FRN to determine if all of an entity's fees have been
paid for application filings requiring a fee.
To determine if an FRN is associated with an existing call
sign, search by call sign in ULS License Search. The FRN
will appear on the Search Results page. If there is no FRN
associated with the call sign, select Register CORES/Call
Sign on the ULS homepage. Search by FRN in ULS License Search
to find all call signs registered to that FRN.
The entity type of the licensee is displayed. The entity
types are listed below:
- Governmental Entity
- Joint Venture
- Limited Liability Company
- General Partnership
- Unincorporated Association
- Limited Liability Partnership
- Limited Partnership
Licensee Name and Address
The name of the individual or business entity holding the
license, its address, and other contact information such
as phone, fax, and e-mail.
Exemption from Ship Station Requirements in the Ship Radio
Service (Part 80.59c).
Ship Call Sign
The combination of letters and numbers that identify the
existing FCC Ship license in radio service code SA or SB,
for which this exemption from requirements has been filed.
Click on the call sign to view the detail page for the license.
The ship name as provided on your application.
Official # of Ship
The official Coast Guard Documentation Number (as it appears
on the document, e.g., 250012) or the State Registration
Number (as it appears on the registration, e.g., FL2011GG)
of the ship.
Port of Registry
The port where the vessel is registered.
The gross tonnage of the vessel.
One [or more?] of the following is displayed
- Agent of Ship
The number of the ship’s Telex.
Requirement from which you are exempt
One [or more?] of the following will be displayed:
- Radiotelephone (VHF/MF)
- GMDSS (Global Maritime Distress & Safety System)
- Radio Direction Finding Apparatus
File Number of previously granted exemption
The file number displayed on the letter of the previously
granted exemption, if applicable.
Reason(s) for exemption request
One or more of the following will be displayed:
- Size of Vessel
- Variety of Equipment on Board
- Limited Routes
- Conditions of Voyages
Type of Vessel
One of the following will be displayed:
The number of each of the following will be displayed:
- Number of Crew
- Number of Others
- Number of Passengers
Description of Voyage
Text of the description of voyage submitted on the application.
Travel to foreign port
Yes or No.
The quantity of each type of radio equipment is listed,
except for the single side band category, which lists the
type of equipment but not quantity, and the Other category,
which lists both quantity and description.
- VHF Radio Installation DSC
- Survival Craft VHF (GMDSS approved)
- Category 1,406 EPIRB (GMDSS approved)
- 2182 Radio-telephone Auto Alarm
- Ship Earth Station
- NAVTEX Receiver (GMDSS approved)
- Single Side-Band (SSB - Band of Operations)
One of the following will be displayed:
- MF (Medium Frequency)
- HF (High Frequency)
- DSC (Digital Selective Calling)
- 500 KHz Distress Frequency Watch Receiver
- 9 GHz Radar Transponder (GMDSS approved)
- Other Equipment
- Transistor Radio
- Reserve Power Supply (Capability)