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FCC ULS : What is a Federal Registration Number (FRN) ?
The FRN is a unique identifying number that may be initially obtained over the Internet through the Commission Registration System (CORES) at http://www.fcc.gov/omd (Click on <Main> or <Alternate> on top left side of page.). The FRN will be used by all Commission financial, authorization of service, and enforcement systems including Amateur Radio applications. CORES will continue to be the central repository for basic licensee information.

It appears that it will be necessary for any applicant that was issued a call sign after May 19, 2001 to register and obtain an FRN. From reviewing the FCC database, it appears that the FCC automatically issued every applicant an FRN prior to that date.

The new procedure will particularly impact the VE program where examiners will have to ensure that exam applicants enter their FRN on their application Form 605 prior to submission by the VE team to their VEC.

The FCC is adopting the FRN requirement to assist them to comply with the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996 (DCIA), a law passed by Congress. The FCC will not grant a license if the applicant has delinquent debts.

When the CORES became operational in 2000, licensees in the Universal Licensing System (ULS), the FCC’s largest database, were automatically assigned FRNs.

View the Code of Federal Regulations regarding FRN's

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