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Follow these steps to obtain your General Mobile Radio Service license

Navigate to the FCC's ULS website page. The Universal Licensing System is the FCC's main hub for applying for, purchasing and updating license information. Signing up takes a few minutes, as does applying for and purchasing a GMRS license.

If you currently have an FRN with the FCC, you won't need to obtain a new one.  Simply use your existing one.

1. Go to the FCC ULS

You must first register for an FRN if you don't already have one. If you currently have an FRN with the FCC, you won't need to obtain a new one.  Simply use your existing one.  Click on the "Register" button at the top of the ULS page.  FCC ULS HOME PAGE

2. Complete FRN Registration

Make sure you choose "individual" and confirm your address.  Complete the form entirely, ensuring the information is correct.  REGISTER FOR FRN  or  LOGIN TO EXISTING FRN

3. Apply for and purchase a GMRS license

In the left menu at the top select "Apply for a New License".  Then in the drop down list at the very bottom select ZA-General Mobile Radio Service and hit the blue Continue button.


4. Complete Your Application and Pay

Complete your application by filling out some more information.   Continue to the certification section and certify your information is true and correct.


5. Save Your License

Application processing varies depend on the FCC workload which will determine the duration of wait time.  Check your license manager page to see if it's available.  if you missed the option to save and download it when the payment cleared.

As of the date of this article, 2018-01-12, the fee for a GMRS license is $70. Your license is now valid if you see it on your FRN account page under My Licenses and is valid for 10 years. The FCC will allow you to renew the license 60 days prior to it's expiration. You have an additional 30 days to renew it once expired, otherwise you must apply for a whole new one.

Now that you have your license, there are a few other things you should be aware):

  1. GMRS license is valid for 10 years and permits you to transmit on GMRS frequencies
  2. The FCC can inspect your station and equipment at any time
  3. Equipment must be Part 90 and/or Part 95 type-accepted
  4. License limits on Effective Radiated Power:
    • 50 watts on base stations
    • 5 watts on small base stations
  5. Base station antennas are limited to 20 feet above it's mounting surface
  6. Licensee's immediate family is covered under the GMRS license:
    • Licensee
    • Licensee's spouse
    • Licensee's children, grandchildren, stepchildren
    • Licensee's parents, grandparents, stepparents
    • Licensee's brothers, sisters
    • Licensee's aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews; and
    • Licensee's in-laws
  7. Identification requirements:
    • Following the transmission of communications or a series of communications; and
    • Every 15 minutes during a long transmission
    • The station identification is the call sign assigned to the GMRS station or system
    • A unit number may be included after the call sign in the identification
  8. The following is not permitted with a GMRS license:
    • Messages for hire, whether the remuneration received is direct or indirect;
    • Messages in connection with any activity which is against Federal, State, or local law
    • False or deceptive messages
    • Coded messages or messages with hidden meanings
    • Intentional interference
    • Music, whistling, sound effects or material to amuse or entertain
    • Obscene, profane or indecent words, language or meaning
    • Advertisements or offers for the sale of goods or services
    • Advertisements for a political candidate or political campaign (messages about the campaign business may be communicated)
    • International distress signals, such as the word “Mayday” (except when on a ship, aircraft or other vehicle in immediate danger to ask for help)
    • Programs (live or delayed) intended for radio or television station broadcast
    • Messages which are both conveyed by a wireline control link and transmitted by a GMRS station
    • Messages (except emergency messages) to any station in the Amateur Radio Service, to any unauthorized station, or to any foreign station
    • Continuous or uninterrupted transmissions, except for communications involving the immediate safety of life or property
    • Messages for public address systems