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
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
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.