In order to have a ham radio license renewal; you first check the license expiry date which is printed on the license. If the expiry date is 90 days away; you just note down in your calendar. If, however it is within 90 days, to renew your ham radio license you should go to FCC page and type the call sign into the form and try to note down the number under the “FRN” column.
Next, you need to click the register button and if you have FRN (Federal Registration Number) click log in. After some days, FCC will send a letter to you. The letter has a password.
With this password; you can easily log in the site and collect all the necessary information regarding the renewal of your license. No matter which way you use to renew your license; you must first have an FRN.
Methods of Renewing a HAM radio License
There are 3 main methods by which you can renew your license. The good thing is that they are very easy.
1. Online: You can renew your license in the fastest way possible through FCC online base information and with no cost at all.
2. Renew via ARRL: ARRL stands for American Radio Relay League. If you are a member of ARRL; you can use NCVEC 605 form and email a renewal application form to ARRL. The league will take care of renewal and they will do it fast.
3. Renewal through FCC: You should fill up the FCC form correctly and submit it directly to FCC. You get your license renewed promptly, too. However, must note that, if you are going renewals online; you are to create account an on ULS (Universal License System) and pick a suitable password.
How do you do that?
Procedure To Renew a Ham Radio License:
First, go to the site from any internet browser. Then click on “log in” under “online filing”. Next, enter your FRN and password.
Once you fill up all the required data, you will automatically have your license renewed. Remember, if you are an ARRL member; this system is free and very easy. After that, there’s a special online form (NCVEC 605). Fill it and print out.
After that, mail it to ARRL/VEC, 225 main streets, Newington, CT 06111. In this case; you need not to have the FRN. The ARRL will arrange for your FRN. If, however, you are not an ARRL member; the best way to renew your license is through your mail. In this case you need some special requirements.
First, you need to obtain an FRN and apply through the 605 form. You can do that with your call sign above. If your license’s listing does not show the FRN, then you should fill up the FCC form 160 and wait for the call back from FCC, so that they can give you the FRN.
On the other hand, if you have an FRN, you can download the form FCC 605.
Nevertheless, there are two parts of the form: one main part and the other is schedule D, which you need not to fill. The main part has several pages. Nonetheless, you need only the last 2 pages. You can print them and fill up as per their instructions. In case there is the schedule D, don’t fill it. Fill the last page only.
For more information about the ham radio license, you can visit ARRL websitye which is the online home of the national association of Amateur Radio.