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FCC to increase GMRS license application fee

The application fee for a GMRS license is about to become more expensive. The FCC announced July 7, 2016 an order to adopt an amendment to its schedule of application fees for the processing of license applications and other filings. Included among the fee changes is a five dollar increase to the current application fee for a General Mobile Radio Service license. The already hefty fee for a GMRS license application will increase from $65 to $70.

Also known as Section 8 application fees, The Schedule of Application Fees contains the Schedule of Charges for a number of categories and includes the procedures for the modification and collection of the fees. The FCC is required to review these fees every two years and adjust them based on changes in the Consumer Price Index.

According to the order released July 7, They had no choice in the matter. FCC had to do it.

"The methodology and timing of adjustments to application fees are prescribed by statute at 47 U.S.C. § 158(b). Because our action implementing the statute leaves us no discretion, prior notice and comment is unnecessary pursuant to 5 U.S.C. § 553(b)(3)(B). This Order is also exempt from the requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. § 601 et seq., pursuant to 5 U.S.C. § 601(2). Copies of this Order will be sent to Congress and the Comptroller General in compliance with the Congressional Review Act, 5 U.S.C. § 801 et seq."

The FCC adopted these changes July 6 by order. (FCC No. 16-87). The fees will become effective 30 days after publication in the Federal Register.

If you plan to apply for a GMRS license, you may want to think about doing it now.

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