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FCC Imposed $35 Application Fee Effective April 19

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    News from ARRL about the FCC’s applicaton fee:

    The FCC released a Public Notice on March 23, 2022, stating that the amateur radio application fees, including those associated with Form 605 application filings, would become effective on April 19, 2022. The Federal Communications Commission’s authority to impose and collect fees is mandated by Congress.

    The $35 application fee, when it becomes effective on April 19, 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.

    More information including updates as they become available at http://arrl.org/fcc-application-fee
    From ARRL VEC:

    Anticipating the implementation of the fee in 2022, the ARRL Board of Directors, approved the ARRL Youth Licensing Grant Program in July 2021. Under the program, ARRL will cover a one-time $35 application fee for license candidates younger than 18 years old for tests administered under the auspices of the ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (ARRL VEC). Qualified candidates also would pay a reduced exam session fee of $5 to the ARRL VEC. ARRL is finalizing details for administering the program.

    Further news and instructions will follow as the FCC releases them. Details for the ARRL Youth Licensing Grant Program will be posted when available.

    SC4ARC is an ARRL affiliated club and our exam sessions are administered under ARRL VEC.

    The new procedure will be: Upon submitting an application to the FCC, the FCC will email a link with payment information to the applicant. The applicant then has 10 calendar days to pay the FCC $35. After the fee is paid and the FCC has processed the application the applicant will receive a second email from the FCC with a link to their official license. The link in the second email will be good for 30 days. A reference copy of the license may be downloaded at any time after the application has been processed. In the case of an application being dismissed (for instance, a request for a vanity call sign) the FCC has stated they will not issue a refund.

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    Paul, KN6RDS
    Participant

    I just read the ARRL newsletter that was sent out yesterday, and there’s a clarification about the licensing fee…

    The FCC has indicated that the fee will NOT apply to license upgrades. Just new applications.

    #12314

    I hope that the ARRL newsletter is correct. The linked page in the newsletter (where I picked up the quote) says license upgrades will incur an application fee. The decision seems to hinge on whether a license upgrade is considered an administrative update or minor modification (free) or a modification (pay) as interpreted by the FCC.

    If you have way too much time on your hands, see https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/FCC-20-184A1.pdf. In paragraph 44 under Discussion it adopts $35 fee for “New license.” But in Appendix B, Final Rules, that is $35 for “New license, modification” without clarifying what is or is not a modification. Perhaps “modification” was left from an earlier draft and the intent was to delete it, hence the absence from discussion, but here we are; Stuck with an ambiguous term.

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