If you are purchasing a two way radio that operates using GMRS frequencies and plan to use it within the United States, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requires that you register for a GMRS license.
Which radios require an FCC license?
Thanks to some FCC rule changes, the radios that we commonly call "consumer radios" are divided into two different services: FRS and GMRS. Most "consumer radios" are FRS and do not require a license. GMRS allows higher power and more features and requires that you purchase an FCC 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 $70.00 fee for GMRS licenses. Some applications, such as government entities, are exempt from this fee. A license is valid for ten 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?
Do I have to get a license if I live outside of the United States?
You only need an 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?
Buy an FRS radio. FRS radios share many frequencies with GMRS radios, but do not require a license. FRS is limited to two watts of power, but this is adequate for most common uses!