FCC $35 Amateur Application Fee Will Take Effect April 19, 2022

Amateur Radio license application fees—part of a new fee schedule published in Report and Order FCC 20-184 on December 29, 2020—will take effect April 19, 2022, as announced in FCC Public Notice DA-22-307.

The $35 application fee … will apply to new, modification (upgrade and sequential call sign change), renewal, and vanity call sign applications. The fee will be per application.

Administrative updates, such as a change of name, mailing or email address, will be exempt from fees.

Applications processed and dismissed will not be entitled to a refund. This includes vanity requests where the applicant does not receive the requested call sign. 1

ARRL’s FCC Application Fee Instructions page states that “VECs and Volunteer Examiner (VE) teams will not have to collect the $35 fee at exam sessions.” Applicants will pay the $35 fee directly to the FCC through the CORES FRN Registration system; successful exam candidates will receive an e-mail message from the FCC containing payment instructions and will have 10 calendar days from the date of the e-mail to pay their application fee.

FCC’s new fee schedule was adopted pursuant to authority established by RAY BAUMS’s Act of 2018

ARRL News Story about the FCC Application Fees
FCC Application Fees Unlikely to Go into Effect Until 2022
FCC Registration Help
To access CORES with a (Payer) FRN

  1. “FCC Application Fee Instructions”, ARRL The National Association for Amateur Radio, accessed March 23 2022, https://www.arrl.org/fcc-application-fee↩︎