You Need to Know
What You Need to Know
- Why do I need a username and
you wish to conduct business with the FCC, you must first register an FCC
Registration Number through the FCC's COmmission REgistration System (CORES). To access CORES, you must
create a unique username and password in the FCC User Registration System.
will use this username to access CORES to update your FRN information and
reset/update your FRN Password (Only FRNs created in the Legacy CORES have
a password of their own). CORES will now require FRNs to have
Administrator(s). These user(s) will manage which users have access to the
FRN and what user role they will have.
- What is an FRN?
FRN, or FCC registration number, is a 10-digit number that is assigned to a
business or individual registering with the FCC. This unique FRN is used to
identify the registrant’s business dealings with the FCC. FRNs created in
the Legacy CORES have a password.
some FCC licensing systems allow you access using the FRN and the FRN
password. In the updated CORES, you will associate previously registered
FRNs to your username, and the FRN may be used in other FCC systems that
still allow FRN login along with your Username password. FRNs registered in
the updated CORES DO NOT have a password of their own, the associated
Username’s password can be used with the FRN where still applicable.
- Why must I register with
Dec. 3, 2001, all applications and remittance must use an FRN.
via the FCC Registration site is how you provide the FCC with basic
information. Each individual or organization doing business with the FCC is
required to provide and maintain current official contact information. The
contact information you provide will be used to communicate important
FCC-related information to you
- What do you mean by
"doing business" with the FCC?
filer, licensee, certificate holder, or any entity sending payments to the
FCC is considered to be doing business with the
FCC and must, therefore, have an FRN. To register for an FRN, you must
access CORES with your registered username and password.
- Why should I register for
an FRN on the Internet and not by paper form?
CORES online portal provides you with the easiest and fastest way to
receive your FCC Registration Number (FRN). It also provides you with tools
to manage your FRN, including viewing financial related information. Upon
registering online, your FRN will be available to you immediately.
- How can I obtain a paper
form to register for an FRN?
can download the forms by going to the FCC’s form download page.
you can request forms by calling the Forms Distribution Center at (800)
418-3676 or the FCC Licensing Hotline at (877)480-3201. Request FCC Form
160 (for FRN registration) or Form 161 (for FRN registration information
updates). Instructions for filling out the form will be attached. You will
be required to provide the same information as any entity that registered
will have to mail the form to:
Attention: FRN Administrator
445 12th St, SW
Washington, DC 20554
- Do I need an FRN to use the
FRN search function?
do not need an FRN to use the Search feature of CORES. Searches may be
performed from the public interface without logging into the system.
- Can I bookmark the FCC
you can bookmark the Commission Registration System and the FCC User
Registration System. Back to Top
- Is there a list of
forms/filings that require an FRN?
The list is available on the FCC electronic filing
page in the Commission Registration System section. It can
also be found on the FCC form download
- If I register for a
username to access CORES, will that affect my ability to access other
addition to CORES, various other FCC systems have started allowing users to
log in with their FCC Username. Some systems still require FRN and
FRN-password to login. As an added feature, you will be able to log in to
FCC systems that still require an FRN using your FRN and FRN-Password OR
your FRN and Username-Password.