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New FCC Requirement Effective 19 April 2022
The FCC released a Public Notice on March 23, 2022, stated the amateur radio application fees, including those associated with Form 605 application became effective on April 19, 2022. The Federal Communications Commission's authority to impose and collect fees is mandated by Congress.
The new $35 application fee will apply only to new, renewal, and modification applications that request a new vanity call sign. The fee will be per application. Administrative updates, such as a change of name, mailing or email address, and modification applications to upgrade an amateur radio licensee’s operator class, will be exempt from fees.
Applicants will pay the local CAVEC exam session fee (Adults - $10 and anyone in student status - $5) to the VE team as usual. You can go ahead and fill out and print The NCVEC 605 (fillable) Application at this link: NCVEC 605 Application. You only need to fill it out through the signature and date block. The testing team will handle the rest of the form. We will also have blank NCVEC 605 forms available at the testing session as needed.
As a reminder, all applicants are required to provide an email address for licensees on all applications.
The new process is as follows:
When the FCC receives the examination information from the VEC, it will email a link with payment instructions to each qualifying candidate. The candidate will have 10 calendar days, from the date of the application file number being issued, to pay.
After the fee is paid, and the FCC has processed an application, examinees will receive a second email from the FCC with a link to their official license or, in very rare instances, an explanation for why the application was dismissed or denied. The link will be valid for 30 days.
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