Seems a waste of time and money for FCC to have to put out a NPRM for a
proposed 80 cents increase in a vanity call fee, but, that's our
congress at work.
Anyway, if you're a vanity call holder, you may wish to send your
comments to ARRL and/or the FCC. Instructions are in the bulletin
Note, if the url for the FCC below gets truncated by your e-mail
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ARRL Bulletin 9 ARLB009
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT May 7, 2012
To all radio amateurs
SB QST ARL ARLB009
ARLB009 FCC Seeks Higher Vanity Call Sign Fee
The FCC released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on May 4,
seeking to raise the fee for Amateur Radio vanity call signs. The NPRM
can be found in PDF format on the web at,
Currently, a vanity call sign costs $14.20 and is good for 10 years; the
new fee, if the FCC plan goes through, will go up to $15 for 10 years,
an increase of 80 cents. The FCC is authorized by the Communications Act
of 1934 (as amended) to collect vanity call sign fees to recover the
costs associated with that program.
The vanity call sign fee has fluctuated over the 14 years of the current
program -- from a low of $11.70 in 2007 to a high of $70 (as first
proposed in the FCC's 1994 Report and Order). The FCC said it
anticipates some 14,300 Amateur Radio vanity call sign "payment units,"
or applications, during the next fiscal year, collecting 214,500 dollars
in fees from the program.
The vanity call sign regulatory fee is payable not only when applying
for a new vanity call sign, but also upon renewing a vanity call sign
for a new term. The first vanity call sign licenses issued under the
current Amateur Radio vanity call sign program that began in 1996 came
up for renewal six years ago.
Those holding vanity call signs issued prior to 1993 are exempt from
having to pay the vanity call sign regulatory fee at renewal, as
Congress did not authorize the FCC to collect regulatory fees until
1996. Such "heritage" vanity call sign holders do not appear as vanity
licensees in the FCC Amateur Radio database.
Amateur Radio licensees may file for renewal only within 90 days of
their license expiration date. All radio amateurs must have an FCC
Registration Number (FRN) before filing any application with the
Commission. Applicants can obtain an FRN by going to the ULS web site
and clicking on the "New Users Register" link. You must supply your
Social Security Number to obtain an FRN.
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