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NEW FCC BASIC QUALIFICATION QUESTION ON APPLICATIONS FOR NEW AMATEUR RADIO SERVICE LICENSES AND MODIFICATIONS

NEW FCC BASIC QUALIFICATION QUESTION ON APPLICATIONS FOR NEW AMATEUR RADIO SERVICE LICENSES AND MODIFICATIONS

THIS CHANGE IS EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 7,2017 - ALL SESSIONS HELD PRIOR TO AUGUST 20, 2017 ARE TO BE ON THE OLD FORM AND MUST ARRIVE IN OUR OFFICE PRIOR TO SEPTEMBER 1, 2017. SESSIONS HELD ON OR AFTER AUGUST 21, 2017 MUST BE ON THE NEW FORM..APPLICANTS SENT ON THE NEW FORM WILL BE PROCESSED TO THE FCC NO EARLIER THAN SEPTEMBER 7, 2017. THIS SHORT DELAY IN PROCESSING IS DUE THE CHANGE-OVER IN FCC ELECTRONIC FILING REQUIREMENTS THAT GO INTO EFFECT ON SEPTEMBER 7, 2017.

The FCC announced to ALL VEC Organizations that on or about Sept 6, 2017 that The Commission was adding a basic qualifications section to the FCC 605 form which includes a question regarding whether an applicant has been convicted of a felony in any state or federal court. Applicants, answering yes must provide an explanation.   This item enables the FCC to determine whether an Applicant is eligible under §§ 310(d) and 308(b) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, to hold or have ownership interest in a station license. This change makes the FCC 605 consistent with other Commission licensing forms. Many years ago the FCC allow VEC Organizations to collect application information in any manner they wished and to use the FCC 605 form or create a form specifically designed for information required at VEC exam sessions.

Applicants are required to answer the question only if 1) they are filing either the NCVEC 605 or the FCC Form 605 for one of the following purposes indicated: New, Amendment, Modification (Upgrade or Call sign change), or Renewal/Modification; and 2) the question has been answered previously and changed from the answer previously provided. Applicants using NCVEC or FCC Form 605 for any other purpose are not required to answer this question.

NEW 2017 NCVEC 605 Forms:

2017 NCVEC QUICKFORM 605 APPLICATION PDF

2017 NCVEC QUICKFORM 605 APPLICATION DOCX

Fill in the Blank PDF - available soon

FCC BASIC QUALIFICATION QUESTION INSTRUCTIONS AND PROCEDURES WHEN ANSWERING “YES”

If the answer to the basic qualification question (felony question) is ‘YES’, the applicant must submit, as an exhibit, a statement explaining the circumstances and a statement giving the reasons why the Applicant believes that grant of the application would be in the public interest notwithstanding the actual or alleged misconduct. If the Applicant responds ‘YES’ to this question and has previously provided a statement and explanation regarding the circumstances as an attachment to a prior application filed in ULS, and the facts and circumstances are unchanged, the Applicant may refer to the previous application by identifying the application file number and indicating the disposition of the prior application. FCC Application file numbers can be found on the FCC ULS Application Search : http://wireless2.fcc.gov/UlsApp/ApplicationSearch/searchAppl.jsp

Applicants can send the explanation, and the application file number via e-mail to attach605@fcc.gov or via postal mail at: FCC, 1270 Fairfield Rd. Gettysburg, PA 17325-7245. The applicant is required to provide an explanation within 14 days of the application data being submitted to FCC. Failure to do so may result in the application dismissal without action. The applicant must provide sufficient information for the FCC to determine whether there exists any material and substantial question of fact regarding whether the applicant has the character qualifications to be a Commission licensee. After submission of the required exhibits, court records, or statements, applicants can also contact the FCC by phone: 877-480-3201 for questions regarding the collection and acceptance of the information for pending applications, but will need their application file number.

There is no set checklist of item for the exhibit/statement, but useful information includes; a detailed description of the conduct that resulted in the conviction or guilty plea, including time and place, the date of the conviction or guilty plea, the punishment that was imposed, and whether the sentence has been completed, or the applicant is still under any restriction or condition resulting from the conviction or guilty plea, any efforts taken to remedy the wrongs committed and ensure that the applicant will not engage in such conduct in the future.

CONFIDENTIAL TREATMENT OF APPLICANT INFORMATION

If the applicant does not request confidential treatment, the explanation will be publicly viewable in ULS. If the applicant requests that the explanation be confidential, it will not be visible to the public. However, in order to seek confidential treatment, the applicant must include a separate request that the material not be made available for public inspection. The request must contain a statement of the reasons for the request, and identify the portion(s) of the response for which confidential treatment is requested. It is not sufficient to simply mark a document as “Confidential.” All attachments, confidential or non-confidential should be accompanied by an application file number, to ensure that the explanation is attached to the proper filing.

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