On July 7, 2022, ARRL News reported on the impending retirement of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) legacy COmmission REgistration System (CORES) on July 15, 2022.
This system change is important to radio amateurs because CORES is where we pay the recently instated application fees.
The updated version of CORES has been available since 2016, and now its use will be mandatory for all amateur licensees when submitting amateur-related applications.
Licensees that do not already have an FCC CORES Username Account must create one with a unique username (a valid email address) and password. After creating the account, when logged in, users should associate their existing FRN or FRNs with this account. Instructions for doing so are on the FCC Registration Help page. One’s FRN is printed on all current amateur applications and licenses, and will not change. FRNs can also be found by looking up one’s call sign in the Commission’s ULS (https://wireless2.fcc.gov/UlsApp/UlsSearch/searchLicense.jsp) or by using the FCC’s advanced search page.
The FCC has posted Tutorial Videos to assist with the transition. ARRL VEC Manager Maria Somma, AB1FM, recommends viewing the videos “Getting Started With the New CORES,” which explains how to register for a CORES Username Account, and “Associating an FRN to a Username,” which instructs Legacy CORES users on how to link one or more existing FRNs to a username. FCC CORES Registration Instructions can also be found on the ARRL website.
“FCC Legacy CORES System to be Retired”, ARRL The National Association for Amateur Radio, accessed July 11 2022, http://www.arrl.org/news/fcc-legacy-cores-system-to-be-retired. ↩︎