fee for renewing a "Vanity call"?

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by N9AER, Apr 10, 2018.

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  1. N9AER

    N9AER Ham Member QRZ Page

    Does the FCC charge a fee for renewing a "Vanity" call ?
  2. WE4E

    WE4E Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

  3. KK5JY

    KK5JY Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

  4. KS2G

    KS2G Subscriber QRZ Page

    Wonder why you ask -- since you just renewed your license in January.

    But whatever...

    There is no charge for renewing or modifying ANY amateur radio license.

    You can renew as early as 90-days prior to the expiration date .

    You can do it on line through the ULS:
    Click on "log-in" and follow the instructions.

    On-line renewal can process as quickly as the same day.
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  5. WE4B

    WE4B Ham Member QRZ Page

    There used to be a fee but there currently is no fee.
  6. K9STH

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    If you use one of those "services" that will do the work, then there is a fee. However, that fee is NOT charged by the FCC. If you take the couple of minutes to renew using the ULS, then there is no fee.

    Glen, K9STH
  7. WA9SVD

    WA9SVD Ham Member QRZ Page


    To be more explicit, the fee charged by W5YI IS kept by W5YI; the renewal fee (actually, a service charge) from Non-ARRL members is pocketed by the ARRL. The FCC never gets (or requires) a penny. Renewal of a license is fast and FREE if you go to the FCC''s ULS site.
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  8. W4NNF

    W4NNF XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Let me add that the using the FCC's ULS is no more difficult than going to one of the websites that will do it for you and paying them.
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  9. WA9SVD

    WA9SVD Ham Member QRZ Page

    YMMV. I do it in 5 minutes or less. In my experience, it takes longer to renew through the "services."

    BTW, hasn't the FCC done away with vanity call fees?
  10. W9BFZ

    W9BFZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Correct. If you apply for a vanity call directly through the ULS it is free. And fairly easy to do. (it just seems to take forever to process)

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