When you purchase a two way radio in the United States that operates in the business band VHF or UHF frequencies, the FCC requires that you get a license to operate them. Like all government requirements, paperwork will be involved and it can be confusing and time consuming.
Instead of going it alone through this process, we recommend that you use a licensing coordinator that handles all of the paperwork and processing. During this process, they'll ask some questions about your location, the radios you're using, and how they'll be used. Then they fill out all the forms and get them submitted to the FCC for approval.
The cost for this is usually in the $400-$700 range per frequency for a 10 year period generally. Below is contact info for three licensing agencies that we use most often.
CARA Enterprises, Inc.
1383 Farm Meadow
Salt Lake City, UT 84117
Atlas License Company & Data Services
7202 North Shadeland Avenue, Suite 215
Indianapolis, IN 46250
National License Corporation
9050 Briarclift Road
Indianapolis, Indiana 46256
If you want to obtain a license yourself, below is some helpful information:
How to Obtain an FCC License Yourself
Radios that operate on Private Land Mobile frequencies, are subject to the Rules and Regulations of the FCC, which requires all operators of these frequencies to obtain a station license before operating their equipment. Make application for your FCC license on FCC Forms 600 and 159.
To have forms and instructions faxed to you by the FCC, call the FCC Fax-On-Demand system at 202-418-0177 from your fax machine and request Document 000600 & Form 159.
To have Document 000600 & Form 159 mailed to you, call the FCC Forms Hotline at 800-418-FORM (800-418-3676).
For help with questions concerning the license application, contact the FCC at
You must decide which radio frequency(ies) you can operate on before filling out your application. See the table below for available frequencies in the UHF and VHF business bands.