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October 21, 2014
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NRE : Commercial License Types

Examinations


The FCC currently issues three licenses, two permits, three certificates, and two endorsements. Each of these is named below:

Written Elements Telegraphy Elements Terms
Type of License 1 3 6 7 7R 8 9 1 2  
Radiotelegraph Operator's Certificate Check Mark Check Mark Check Mark spacer spacer spacer spacer spacer spacer Check Mark Check Mark 5 Years
Check Mark spacer Check Mark Check Mark spacer spacer spacer spacer Check Mark Check Mark spacer spacer 5 Years
Check Mark spacer Check Mark spacer spacer spacer spacer spacer Check Mark Check Mark spacer spacer 5 Years
General Radiotelephone Operator License Check Mark Check Mark spacer spacer spacer spacer spacer spacer spacer spacer spacer spacer LIFETIME
Marine Radio Operator Permit Check Mark spacer spacer spacer spacer spacer spacer spacer spacer spacer spacer spacer LIFETIME
GMDSS Radio Operator's License Check Mark spacer spacer spacer Check Mark spacer spacer spacer spacer spacer spacer spacer LIFETIME
Restricted GMDSS Radio Operator's License Check Mark spacer spacer spacer spacer Check Mark spacer spacer spacer spacer spacer spacer LIFETIME
GMDSS Radio Maintainer's License Check Mark Check Mark spacer spacer spacer spacer spacer spacer Check Mark spacer spacer spacer spacer LIFETIME
Ship Radar Endorsement spacer spacer spacer spacer spacer spacer Check Mark spacer spacer spacer spacer spacer  


Discontinued Licenses and Endorsements

The following types of license and endorsements are no longer issued:

  • First Class Radiotelephone Operator License
  • Second Class Radiotelephone Operator License
  • Third Class Radiotelephone Operator Permit
  • Broadcast Endorsement
  • Aircraft Radiotelegraph Endorsement (This endorsement will be dropped from any renewed radiotelegraph certificate.)

Effective in 1984. the Federal Communications Commission discontinued the First Class and Second Class Radiotelephone Operator Licenses and replaced them with a special lifetime General Radiotelephone Operator License (PG). This license is required by international law for certain radio services - especially in the Aviation (Part 87) and the Maritime Services (Part 80.)

The FCC also established a new Marine Radio Operator Permit (MP) that is required to operate two-way radio aboard certain vessels, aviation radiotelephone stations and maritime coast stations.

*LIFETIME

An FCC rule making effective March 25, 2008 established lifetime license terms for MROP, GMDSS, and Restricted GMDSS licenses. All MROP, GMDSS and RGMDSS licenses that were to be renewed on or after that date will be automatically converted to a lifetime license and mailed new grants reflecting the change.

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