- Jul 25, 2004
The FCC has released a new NPRM (MD Docket No. 20-270) to restructure their license fee structure. Many of their fees will change, including the Personal License Services that includes Amateur Radio. They propose keeping on-line modifications remain at no charge, but start charging $50 for new and renewal applications as well as vanity license applications. Modifications that require FCC personnel action will also require a $50 fee. They will also charge the $50 fee for folks that request the FCC print and mail a physical license. Of interest to hams are paragraphs 24 - 30.
27. Other applications for personal licenses are mostly automated and do not have individualized staff costs for data input or review. For these automated processes—new/major modifications, renewal, and minor modifications—we propose a nominal application fee of $50 due to automating the processes, routine ULS maintenance, and limited instances where staff input is required. Although there is currently no fee for vanity call signs in the Amateur Radio Service, we find that such applications impose similar costs in aggregate on Commission resources as new applications and therefore propose a $50 fee.
28. For administrative updates modifications, which also are highly automated, we find that it is in the public interest to encourage licensees to update their information without a charge. We thus propose no application fee for administrative updates modifications.
29. In instances where an applicant elects to receive a physical license by mail (including requests for a duplicate license), the Commission incurs costs for printing and mailing the duplicate authorization. The Commission has proposed to eliminate these services31—but to the extent the Commission does not do so, we propose a fee of $50 to cover the costs of these services.