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License Information

Call Sign
The combination of letters and numbers that identify an FCC license.

Radio Service
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 letter codes:


NOTE: When searching in ULS License Search, all statuses are selected by default. To narrow your search, deselect undesired status codes.

  • Auth (Authorization) Type
    Developmental—Authorizations 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 FCC rules.
  • STA—Authorizations 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.).
  • Demonstration—Licenses 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.
  • Regular—Regular authorizations, not applicable for Developmental, STA, or Demonstration


Grant Date
The date on which the license term (usually 10 years) begins. This date also sets the timetable for any applicable construction or coverage deadlines.

Effective Date
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 becomes effective.

Expiration Date
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 For example, a license with a 12/1/2004 expiration is no longer valid at 12:00am on 12/2/2004.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 date.

Cancellation Date
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 ULS’s 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.

Licensee Information

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:

  • Corporation
  • Governmental Entity
  • Individual
  • Joint Venture
  • Limited Liability Company
  • Consortium
  • General Partnership
  • Trust
  • Unincorporated Association
  • Limited Liability Partnership
  • Limited Partnership
  • Other

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.

Ship Exemptions

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.

Ship Name
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.

Gross Tonnage
The gross tonnage of the vessel.

Licensee Type
One [or more?] of the following is displayed

  • Owner
  • Operator
  • Charter
  • Agent of Ship

Ship's Telex
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
  • Other


Type of Vessel
One of the following will be displayed:

  • Passenger
  • Cargo vessel

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.

Radio Equipment
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)

Ship Data

The following data is displayed only on the Main tab for license detail in the Ship radio services group.

License Type

R—Regular (transmitter(s) to be used on 1 vessel only)
P—Portable (a single transmitter will be used on various U.S. registered vessels)
F—Fleet (several vessels will each have transmitters that operate in similar frequency bands and are to be licensed under one authorization)

Number of Ships in Fleet

The number of vessels in the fleet will be indicated.

General Class

GV—Official Service Ship
Ship Name

Specific Class

ACV—Air-cushion vehicle
AUX—Auxiliary Ship
BLK—Bulk Carrier
CBL—Cable Ship
PMX—Cargo and Passenger
CA—Cargo Ship
CON—Container Ship
BTA—Factory Ship
PH—Fishing Vessel
OIL—Oil Tanker
TPO—Ore Carrier
PA—Passenger Ship
PLT Pilot Tender
EXP—Research or Survey Ship
VLR—Sailing Ship
RAM—Salvage Ship
RAV—Supply Vessel
ECO—Training Ship

Gross Tonnage

Working Series

Length in meters

MMSI Number

The nine-digit maritime mobile service identity (MMSI) number programmed into the transmission unit.

Selective Call Digital

Selective Call

Accounting Authority Code

The terms Yes or No will appear for the following questions—based on the licensee’s responses to these questions on FCC Form 605 Schedule B.

  • Does ship make international voyages?
  • Does ship communicate with foreign coast stations?
  • Ship Radiotelegraph Station Requirements
  • Required by Title III, Part II of the Communications Act?
  • Required by Title III, Part II of the Communications Act or Safety Convention?
  • Required by Title III, Part III of the Communications Act?
  • Required by Great Lakes Radio Agreement?
  • Required by the Vessel Bridge-to-Bridge Radiotelephone Act?
Ship - Admin Tab
The top of the Administration page identifies the Call Sign and Radio Service of the current License. The following detailed information is provided:

This section details the date, file number and type, and status of any applications relating to the license on file in the system. Click on the file number of an application to open a new window with the Application Search detail page for the application. Up to three applications associated with the call sign are displayed on the Admin tab. If there are more than three, click the link provided to access the All Applications page.

Automated Letters
This section lists the letters generated by ULS that the FCC has sent to the licensee and/or its contact. You are able to view a summary of the information associated with each letter. A sequential reference number assigned by ULS identifies each letter, the call sign, the letter type (e.g., Renewal Reminder), and the date the letter was generated. Click the number/title of a letter to open a new browser window and display the complete text of the letter. If there are more than three letters associated with the license, click the link provided to access the All Automated Letters page.

Up to three comments made by the FCC will be displayed. If there are more than three, click the link provided to access the All Comments page.

This section lists each significant event that occurred for the license, as well as the date on which the event occurred. The date and description of up to three history items will be displayed. If there are more than three, click the link provided to access the All History page.

License Special Conditions
This section displays special rules or restrictions that apply to a particular license. The text of up to three special conditions will appear. If there are more than three, click the link provided to access the All Special Conditions page. Note: Refer to the Locations and/or Frequencies tabs to see special conditions at those levels.

  • Click New Search to return to the ULS License Search page from which you began your search.
  • Click Refine Search to return to the ULS License Search page from which you began your search. All of the criteria you initially entered will be pre-filled on the search page. Update this information as necessary to refine your search.
  • Click Return to Results to return to the ULS Search Results page from any License Search detail page.
  • Click Printable Page to display the current License Detail page without the FCC header and footer and in a format that is suitable for printing.
  • Click Reference Copy to display a copy of the license that is suitable for printing. The reference copy is not an official FCC license.
  • Click Help to access License Search Help.
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