ARLB011 FCC Application Fees


Here’s the latest update on new FCC fees for Amateur Radio Licenses.

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ARLB011 New FCC Application Fee Will Not Apply to Amateur Radio
License Upgrades

ARRL Bulletin 11  ARLB011
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT  April 5, 2022
To all radio amateurs

ARLB011 New FCC Application Fee Will Not Apply to Amateur Radio
License Upgrades

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) staff has clarified in
response to an ARRL request that the new $35 application fee will
not apply to most license modifications, including those to upgrade
amateur radio licensee’s operator class and changes to club station
trustees. The FCC staff explained that the new fees will apply only
to applications for a new license, renewal, rule waiver, or a new
vanity call sign. As previously announced, the new fees take effect
on April 19, 2022.

“We are pleased that the FCC will not charge licensees the FCC
application fee for license upgrade applications,” said ARRL
Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) Manager Maria Somma, AB1FM.
“While applicants for a new license will need to pay the $35 FCC
application fee, there will be no FCC charge for future upgrades and
administrative updates, such as a change of mailing or email
address. Most current licensees, therefore, will not be charged the
new FCC application fee until they renew their license or apply for
a new vanity call sign.”

ARRL previously reported that the new $35 application fee for
amateur radio licenses will become effective on April 19, 2022.
Further information and instructions about the FCC Application Fee
are available from the ARRL VEC page at, .


Hawaii Island Amateur Radio News Briefs:

The next meeting of the Big Island Amateur Radio Club (BIARC) is set for Saturday, 09 April 2022, via the ZOOM protocol.  The BIARC Board will meet at 1200 HST, while the general membership meeting will convene at 1400 HST.

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) needs licensed Ham Radio Operators to participate in the April 16th Kawailani ‘Ino Hawaii statewide Emergency Communications Exercise.  Sign up today at

Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Officer

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

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