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FCC GMRS License Information

If you are purchasing a two way radio that operates using GMRS frequencies and plan to use it withing the United States, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requires that you register for a GMRS license.

Why do I need an FCC license?

In the United States, the FCC regulates the frequencies that are used by devices like two way radios. The FCC requires that anyone operating a device on the General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) obtain a license prior to use.

How do I apply for a GMRS FCC license?

A GMRS license requires that you complete FCC form 159 and form 605. These forms can be found on the FCC forms page.

You can also apply for a GMRS license online at the FCC Universal License System (ULS) web site.

Is there a charge for a GMRS license?

Yes. The FCC currently charges a $85.00 fee for GMRS licenses. Some applications, such as government entities, are exempt from this fee. A license is valid for five years.

Do I have to get a license before I can buy a two way radio?

No. We do not require a license before we will ship a two way radio. We are in no way affiliated with the FCC, or the GMRS licensing process.

Do you report to the FCC that I purchased a GMRS radio?

No. We are in no way affiliated with the FCC, or the GMRS licensing process. As is stated in our privacy policy, we will never provide your information to any third party (outside of the ordering process) unless we are ever required to do so by law or to be in compliance with a court order.

Do I have to get a license if I live outside of the United States?

You only need a FCC GMRS license if you are using the GMRS frequencies within the United States.

I need a radio, but I don't want to pay for a license. What can I do?

Almost all GMRS radios also support FRS frequencies, which can be used without a license. Channels 8-14 on a typical 22 channel consumer radio reserved exclusively for FRS. These channels can be used license-free, but are limited to a half watt of transmit power and will have limited range.