Thursday, April 7, 2022

$35 FCC License Fee Kicks in April 19 – License Upgrades Excluded

The FCC's new $35 filing fee for nearly all amateur radio license applications takes effect on April 19. The fee was among many adopted in December of 2020 but the effective date was delayed until the Commission's computer systems could be upgraded to handle the changes. 

The new fee applies to most license-related applications, including new licenses, renewals and vanity call sign requests. It does not apply to license upgrades or purely administrative filings, such as a change of name or address. 

The fee is separate from the exam fee collected by most volunteer exam teams and is paid directly to the FCC via its Universal Licensing System website, <>. For more details, visit <>.