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Welcome and thank you for visiting the OET Experimental Licensing Branch Electronic Filing Home Page. The pages to the left are designed to provide the public a means to electronically file and report on the various Experimental Licensing Applications.

Notes of Interest:

Please update your browser bookmarks for the Experimental Licensing System (ELS) to our new location: https://apps.fcc.gov/els at your earliest convenience.

Fee applications should be paid using the Form 159 at the time of filing to avoid fee system problems. Applicants should use the Return to 159 form link if needed. Applications not paid within 10 days of filing may need to be dismissed and refiled if there are any fee payment complications.

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You may also purchase license software to convert documents to PDF by visiting Adobe.

Innovation Zones:

Information for the FCC Innovation Zones can be found at the following page: On the login page under the "Quick Search" section, click the link, "Innovation Zone Experiments"

STA FILERS: Please review these guidelines before completing an Application for Special Temporary Authority.

Forgot to pay for your application or need a copy of the FCC Form 159? Select the Return to 159 link on the menu. Please note that this feature is available only if your application is not in a final status.

Credit card payment over the Web is available. This can be used for any type of submission, and is the preferred method of payment for short-turnaround STAs.


Applications that are classified (CONFIDENTIAL OR SECRET) for National Security purposes must be filed as follows:

  • File all unclassified data electronically as you would for any unclassified application. Submit an electronic attachment stating that the classified portion of the application has been submitted to the FCC's Security Operations Staff, in accordance with the instruction below. You must submit at least one location, one frequency and one emission electronically to get the application on file. If any of this information is classified, enter something not classified in these fields and state in an exhibit that the data entered is only meant as a placeholder.

  • Submit the remaining portion of the application to: Federal Communications Commission, Security Operations Staff, OSMD, Room 1B458, 445 12th St, SW, Washington, DC 20554.


Last Reviewed/Updated on 04/13/2007

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