Marine VHF Radio - Restricted Permit
 
 

Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permit?

If you plan to dock in a foreign port (e.g., Canada or the Bahamas) or if you communicate with foreign coast or ship stations, you must have a RESTRICTED RADIOTELEPHONE OPERATOR PERMIT (sometimes referred to by boaters as an "individual license") in addition to your ship radio station license. Section IV outlines the procedure for obtaining a permit.

However, if (1) you merely plan to sail in domestic or international waters without docking in any foreign ports and without communicating with foreign coast stations, and (2) your radio operates only on VHF frequencies, you do not need an operator permit.

How do I get a License?

HOW DO I OBTAIN A SHIP RADIO STATION LICENSE?

Obtain FCC Forms 159 and 605 (see Section VI) and file them with the FCC. The FCC will mail the license to you and it will be valid for ten years. Don't forget to sign and date your application and include any applicable fees, otherwise it may be returned.

HOW DO I OBTAIN A RESTRICTED RADIOTELEPHONE OPERATOR PERMIT?

Obtain FCC Form 159 and 605 (see Section VI) and file it with the FCC. You do not need to take a test to obtain this permit. The FCC will mail the permit to you and it will be valid for your lifetime. Don't forget to sign and date your application and include any applicable fees, otherwise it may be returned.

 

MAY I OPERATE A MARINE RADIO WHILE MY APPLICATIONS ARE BEING PROCESSED?

You may operate your marine radio after you have mailed your application's) to the FCC so long as you fill out, detach, and retain the temporary operating authority attached to the application form.

The temporary operating authority is valid for 90 days after you mail your application to the FCC and should be kept with your station records until you receive your license/permit through the mail.

HOW DO I MAKE CHANGES DURING MY LICENSE TERM?

If you change your mailing address, legal name, ship name, ship official number, or state registration number you must complete FCC Form 605 for Administrative Update. There is no fee required. No action is required when you add or replace a transmitter that operates in the same frequency band.

Send your completed form to:

Federal Communications Commission
1270 Fairfield Road
Gettysburg, PA 17325-7245.

HOW DO I RENEW MY LICENSE?

The FCC will send you a Renewal Reminder Notice approximately 120 days prior to the expiration date of your license. You must submit FCC Form 605 along with the proper payment to renew your license.

If you send an application for renewal before your current license expires, you may continue to operate until the FCC acts on your application. You do not need a temporary permit but you should keep a copy of the renewal application you send the FCC.

You must stop transmitting as soon as your license expires, unless you have already sent your renewal application to the FCC.

WHAT DO I DO IF MY LICENSE HAS EXPIRED?

If your station license has expired, you must complete FCC Forms 159 and 605 for a NEW station license. There is NO grace period. You may use the temporary operating authority (FCC Form 605A) to operate your marine radio while your application is being processed.

WHAT DO I DO IF I LOSE MY LICENSE OR PERMIT?

If you lose your license, you must request a duplicate in writing. For a duplicate SHIP STATION LICENSE, you must complete FCC Forms 159 and 605. There are no provisions for issuing duplicate restricted radiotelephone operator permits.

If you need to replace a lost permit, you must apply for a new one using FCC Forms 159 and 605. There are fees required for requesting a duplicate license or a new permit.

WHAT MUST I DO IF I SELL MY SHIP?

If you sell your ship, you must file FCC Form 605 requesting cancellation to:

Federal Communications Commission
1270 Fairfield Road
Gettysburg, PA 17325-7245.

You cannot transfer your SHIP STATION LICENSE to another person or ship. The new owner cannot modify your license, but must apply for a NEW license.

If you have a RESTRICTED RADIOTELEPHONE OPERATOR PERMIT, you should retain it for future use since it is authorized for your lifetime.

HOW DO I LICENSE A FLEET OF SHIPS?

Under certain conditions, two or more ships having a common owner or operator may be issued a fleet license for operation of all ship radio stations aboard the ships in the fleet. This allows an applicant to file a single FCC Form 605 for multiple ships.

The total fee due for the fleet license, however, is the fee due for a single license multiplied by the total number of ships in the fleet. You must retain a copy of the fleet license with the station records on each ship.

 

MAY I USE MY RADIO ON MORE THAN ONE SHIP?

If you can provide justification for the use of a single transmitter from two or more ships, a portable ship station license may be issued.

This could authorize various types of marine radio equipment to be carried from ship to ship.

MAY I USE MY HAND HELD MARINE VHF RADIO ON LAND?

You must have a special license, called a marine utility station license, to operate a hand-held marine radio from land -- a ship station license IS NOT sufficient.

You may apply for this license by filing FCC Form 601 with the FCC.

To be eligible for a marine utility station license, you must generally provide some sort of service to ships or have control over a bridge or waterway. Additionally, you must show a need to communicate using hand-held portable equipment from both a ship and from coast locations. Each unit must be capable of operation while being hand-carried by an individual.

The station operates under the rules applicable to ship stations when the unit is aboard a ship, and under the rules applicable to private coast stations when the unit is on land.

 
 

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