Licenses for GMRS are issued by the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC is located at 445 12th Street SW, Washington, D.C. 20554. General phone number is (888) CALL-FCC (225-5322) and FAX is (866) 418-0232.
The FCC is divided into bureaus, and the bureau that governs GMRS is the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, phone (202) 418-0600, FAX (202) 418-0787. The bureau that enforces the Rules and Regulations is the Enforcement Bureau, which can be reached through the FCC general phone and fax numbers listed above.
The FCC web site is found at www.fcc.gov, and the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau page is found here. General information about GMRS is on this FCC web page.
FCC licenses for GMRS are issued for 5 years, and require a $90 filing fee (as of June 6th, 2014) ($18/year). Renewals of 5-year licenses likewise currently cost $90. The cost of the license is set by federal law passed by the United States Congress, not by the FCC. This fee is subject to periodic automatic cost of living increases. For more information on the fee, go to this NSEA page and also this NSEA page. A GMRS license allows you, and members of your family, (see §95.179 of the Rules and Regulations) to use UHF 2-way radios to transmit VOICE communications.
The complete current FCC Rules and Regulations for GMRS can be found at this U.S. Government Printing Office site. Note that GMRS is Part 95(A) of the FCC Rules and Regulations.
In general the steps to get an FCC license for GMRS (Radio Service Code ZA) are:
There are 2 ways to apply: on the internet (online), and by mail on paper forms.
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We hope this helps you in getting your FCC license and call sign for GMRS. Good luck!!!!
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