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What You Need to Know

  1. What is an FRN?
  2. An 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. The FCC will use the FRN to determine if all of a registrant's fees have been paid.

    You are encouraged to register through the FCC’s Registration site as soon as you expect to do business with the FCC. This way, you will be ready to access any of the electronic licensing systems without having to go through the registration process at the time you submit an application.

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  3. Why must I register with the FCC?
  4. Effective Dec. 3, 2001, all applications and remittance must use an FRN.

    Registering 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 a current official contact address. The contact address you provide will be used to mail important FCC-related information to you (see the entity registration FAQs for details).

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  5. What do you mean by "doing business" with the FCC?
  6. A 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.

    Petitioners or non-feeable complainants are not required to have an FRN.

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  7. Why should I register on the Internet and not by paper form?
  8. Because registering online is the fastest way to receive your FRN. You will receive your FRN immediately after submitting your registration information. The FRN will appear on the registration confirmation web page. You will not have to wait for your FRN to be mailed to you. In addition, you will be able to make immediate modifications to your registration information.

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  9. How can I obtain a paper form?
  10. You can download the forms by going to the FCC’s form download page.

    Alternatively, you can request forms by calling the Forms Distribution Center at (800) 418-3676 or the FRN Help Desk at (877)480-3201. Request FCC Form 160 (for registration) or Form 161 (for 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 electronically.

    You will have to mail the form to:

    FCC
    Attention: FRN Administrator
    445 12th St, SW
    Room CY-C140
    Washington, DC 20554

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  11. Do I need an FRN to use the FRN search function?
  12. No, you do not. Searches my be performed from the public interface without logging into the system.

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  13. Can I bookmark the FCC Registration site?
  14. The FCC home page contains a valid link to the FCC Registration site. The registration site can always be accessed through the FCC home page.

    Although the FCC Registration home page can be bookmarked, this bookmark will be broken if the location of the FCC Registration home page changes. (To avoid this, please access the FCC Registration page through the link on the FCC home page.) Bookmarking of web pages other than the home page is not possible within the registration website. All bookmarks created for FCC Registration web pages will ultimately point back to the home page.

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  15. Is there a list of forms/filings that require an FRN?
  16. Yes. 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 page.

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