How To Get A GMRS License

What Is a GMRS License and How Can I Get One?

The Rocky Talkie 5 Watt Radio is a GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service) radio. In order to operate a GMRS radio, the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) requires you to obtain a GMRS license. This licensing requirement allows the FCC to better regulate the frequencies that two-way radios utilize. The process for getting a GMRS license can be a bit nuanced, so we’re here to help! 

Obtaining a license costs $35.00, does not require a test, and covers your immediate family for up to 10 years.
  • "Immediate family" includes: Licensee's spouse, children, grandchildren, stepchildren, parents, grandparents, stepparents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and in-laws! (you can use "Unit 1", "Unit 2", etc. to identify multiple stations)

    Step-by-Step Instructions for Obtaining a GMRS License Online:

    You can obtain an FCC-issued GMRS license for your family online in a matter of minutes! First, lets check our eligibility:

    The GMRS license must be:

      • 18 year or older

      • Not be a representative of a foreign government

      • Applying on you and your families behalf (a business can not apply for a blanket GMRS license, but individuals can use the radios for work)

    Step one: Obtain an FRN number

    Start by obtaining a 10-digit FRN (FCC Registered Number) from the Commission Registration System (CORES). We recommend completing this process on a computer (the buttons are quite small using a mobile device).

    1. Click “Register” (middle of the three boxes) and set up your account

      • We recommend using an email account that you’ll have access to permanently (ie: not a school or work email address that you might lose access at some point).

    2. Once you've created your account, log in using the email address (username) and password you just set up.

    3. Select “Register FRN” from the central box (third option from top)

    4. Follow the steps to confirm yourself as an individual, complete the FRN registration form, then press submit.

      • Note: you will need to input your social security number or a tax identification number at this step

      • You will receive your 10 digit FRN number after submitting at the top of the landing page.

    Step Two: Apply for your GMRS license

    Once you’ve obtained your FRN, you can apply for a GMRS License in the FCC’s License Manager

      • You will need your FRN number and the password created for the CORES website to login. 

    1. Once logged in, you will see an option at the top of the left-hand sidebar to “Apply for a new license" 

    2. In the dropdown, scroll all the way to the bottom to “ZA - General Mobile Radio”, then click "Continue"

    3. Follow the rest of the application. There will be questions to answer with dropdown menus and a page for you to enter your contact information. You will then arrive at the Summary page. Click "Continue to Certify" if everything looks correct.

    4. Next you will be asked to sign by entering your first name, middle initial, and last name. The "Title" field is optional.
    5. Once you have successfully submitted your application, click the button to Continue to CORES website for payment completion. (maybe save file number?)
    6. Log back into CORES using the email address & password from step 4 then select the second option from the menu titled “Manage Existing FRNs | FRN Financial | Bills and Fees “

    7. Then select the second option “FRN Financial” then “View/Make Payments” under the Action column.

    8. Finally, select “Make Payment” and follow the instructions. 

    9. Once payment has been made, you’re finished with the process!

    *Your call sign should be issued via email within 1-2 business days* After submitting your payment, you will not receive an email immediately after but you can check on the status by logging into the License Manager
    1. Once you receive your call sign, remember to keep it handy! Consider committing it to memory or printing it out to have it easily accessible.

      If you have any questions about the license application or need assistance in the process, you can absolutely contact the FCC at 1-888-CALLFCC or submit a request for help through the FCC Licensing Help Center TheFCC Help Desk can also be helpful if you get stuck! 

      FCC Rules for GMRS:

      All the rules and regulations set out by the FCC for operating a GMRS radio can be found in Title 47, Part 95, Subpart E of the Code of Federal Regulations. A few rules to briefly mention are:

      • If an authorized FCC representative requests to inspect a GMRS station, the operator must make the station and any station records available for inspection.
      • GMRS stations must not communicate:
        • Messages in connection with any activity which is against Federal, State, or local law
        • False or deceptive messages 
        • Coded messages or messages with hidden meanings (“10 codes” are permissible I.e. "10-4" means "OK")
        • Music, whistling, sound effects or material to amuse or entertain 
        • Advertisements or offers for the sale of goods or services 
        • Advertisements for a political candidate or political campaign (messages about the campaign business may be communicated) 
        • International distress signals, such as the word “Mayday” (except when on a ship, aircraft or other vehicle in immediate danger to ask for help)
        • Messages which are both conveyed by a wireline control link and transmitted by a GMRS station
        • Messages (except emergency messages) to any station in the Amateur Radio Service, to any unauthorized station, or to any foreign station
        • Continuous or uninterrupted transmissions, except for communications involving the immediate safety of life or property
        • Messages for public address systems
      • Each GMRS station must be identified by transmission of its FCC-assigned call sign at the end of transmissions and at periodic intervals (every 15 min) during transmissions.

      We hope this helps you get your GMRS license and if there are any questions about the process, please don't hesitate to reach out to our team at support@rockytalkie.com.

      16 Responses

      Rollie

      Rollie

      May 24, 2024

      I fought this website 4 times and this was as easy as it gets getting through the form and drop downs very helpful I am glad I found he site.

      Evan Schermer

      Evan Schermer

      May 24, 2024

      Awesome Step by Step guide! I would have been so lost without this. You guys rock!!

      Matt

      Matt

      May 20, 2024

      Excellent instructions! It would’ve taken forever without these handy step by step directions. Very thankful!

      Brian Fenerty

      Brian Fenerty

      May 20, 2024

      Thanks Boss – I nearly wasn’t able to get it done even with the instructions! Great service to the public and much appreciated. I’ll check out your site for my mobile GMRS radio!

      Kate Thomason

      Kate Thomason

      May 10, 2024

      I would have been lost without your FAQ!!!! THANK YOU for making this process extremely easy.

      Ulf Becker

      Ulf Becker

      May 09, 2024

      Wow…thanks for the detailed and easy to follow steps. Figuring that out would have been nightmarish without your guidance.

      Tim Sullivan

      Tim Sullivan

      May 02, 2024

      Great information. Steps were easy to follow and I was able to apply for a GMRS license. Great job!!

      Steve Geist

      Steve Geist

      May 02, 2024

      Thanks, this was really easy to follow and made the process simple :)

      Amer Saleh

      Amer Saleh

      May 02, 2024

      Thank you for the “How To Get A GMRS License” blog, it was extremely helpful. Got my license quickly and ordered a pair of 5 Watt Radios.

      Pete Alvarez

      Pete Alvarez

      May 02, 2024

      The process took as long to complete as it took to read the article. Real good instructions!

      Tony Farrow

      Tony Farrow

      May 02, 2024

      No way I was figuring out how to register on my own – without this page. Thank-you.

      Tank Birdfinder

      Tank Birdfinder

      May 02, 2024

      Thank you super helpful and easy to follow. Taken care of and paid in full. Cheers.

      Matt Falzo

      Matt Falzo

      May 02, 2024

      This was an incredible resource!

      Thank You

      Xavier Agnelli

      Xavier Agnelli

      May 02, 2024

      This article was so helpful, navigating through the ridiculously convoluted and complex application process. Thank you.

      Michael Myers

      Michael Myers

      May 02, 2024

      This was extremely helpful step-by-step guidance on setting up the FCC registration. It was easy to follow, and I without it I would have been lost in a government website for hours. This tutorial is very much appreciated and I’m very much looking forward to using my new 5w Rocky Talkie.

      mdh

      mdh

      May 02, 2024

      thx. pre-ordered new 5w and used the blog to register w FCC! Would have been challenging without your step by step guide. Thank you.

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