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FCC Radio License Examinations

MPT offers Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commercial Radio License Examinations through the Marine Technical Institute (COLEM).

Examinations are offered at MPT daily by appointment. Instructor Led Training Classes are also available for certain licenses, such as MROP Class #130 and GMDSS Operator Class #152, see the MPT schedule for more information and class fees.

Written examinations are offered for $75. Exam session fee for one to two modules. Additional examinations taken during the same session are $50. Each.

We will administer your examination and file all of your FCC application paperwork.

General Exam Information:

Written Elements Telegraphy Elements
Type of License 1 3 5 6 7 7R 8 9 1 2 3 4
First Class Radiotelegraph Operator's Certificate
Second Class Radiotelegraph Operator's Certificate
Third Class Radiotelegraph Operator's Certificate
General Radiotelephone Operator License
Marine Radio Operator Permit
GMDSS Radio Operator's License
Restricted GMDSS Radio Operator's License
GMDSS Radio Maintainer's License
Ship Radar Endorsement

Written Examination Elements

[Note: From time to time, the Commission may change the number of questions to be included in the examination for a particular element and/or the number of answers needed to pass the examination. The Commission will issue a public notice or take other action to inform the public of any such change.]

Element 1: Basic radio law and operating practice with which every maritime radio operator should be familiar. To pass, an examinee must correctly answer at least 18 out of 24 questions.

Element 3: General Radiotelephone. Electronic fundamentals and techniques required to adjust, repair, and maintain radio transmitters and receivers. To pass, an examinee must correctly answer 75 out of 100 questions, from the following categories:

  • operating procedures
  • radio wave propagation
  • radio practice
  • electrical principles
  • circuit components
  • practical circuits
  • signals and emissions
  • antennas and feed lines

Element 5: Radiotelegraph Operating Procedure. Radio operating procedures and practices generally followed or required in communicating by means of radiotelegraph stations. To pass, an examinee must correctly answer at least 38 out of 50 questions.

Element 6: Advanced Radiotelegraph. Technical, legal, and other matters applicable to the operation of all classes of radiotelegraph stations. To pass, an examinee must correctly answer at least 75 out of 100 questions.

Element 7: GMDSS Radio Operating Practices. GMDSS radio operating procedures and practices sufficient to show detailed practical knowledge of the operation of all GMDSS sub-systems and equipment. The exam consists of questions from the following categories: general information, narrow-band direct-printing, INMARSAT, NAVTEX, digital selective calling, and survival craft. To pass, an examinee must correctly answer at least at least 75 out of 100 questions.

Element 7R: Restricted GMDSS Radio Operating Practices. Fifty questions concerning those GMDSS radio operating procedures and practices that are applicable to ship stations on vessels that sail exclusively in sea area A1, as defined in sections 80.1069 and 80.1081 of the Commission's Rules. To pass, an examinee must correctly answer at least 38 out of 50 questions.

Element 8: Ship Radar Techniques. Specialized theory and practice applicable to the proper installation, servicing, and maintenance of ship radar equipment in general use for marine navigation purposes. To pass, an examinee must correctly answer at least 38 out of 50 questions.

Element 9: GMDSS Radio Maintenance Practices and Procedures. Requirements set forth in IMO Assembly on Training for Radio Personnel (GMDSS), Annex 5 and IMO Assembly on Radio Maintenance Guidelines for the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System related to Sea Areas A3 and A4. The exam consists of questions from the following categories: radio system theory, amplifiers, power sources, troubleshooting, digital theory, and GMDSS equipment and regulations. To pass, an examinee must correctly answer at least 38 out of 50 questions.

Telegraphy Examination Elements

  • Element 1 - 16 code groups per minute.
  • Element 2 - 20 words per minute.
  • Element 3 - 20 code groups per minute.
  • Element 4 - 25 words per minute.

Telegraphy exams may consist of both transmitting and receiving tests or just a receiving test. Although the FCC rules provide that passing a telegraphy receiving examination is adequate proof of an examinee's ability to both send and receive telegraphy, a COLEM may nonetheless include a sending segment in a telegraphy examination. Examinees must copy by ear and, if subject to a sending test, send by hand plain text and code groups in the international Morse code using all the letters of the alphabet, numerals 0-9, period, comma, question mark, slant mark, and prosigns AR, BT, and SK. Examinees must copy and send at the required speeds for one continuous minute without making any errors. Each test lasts approximately five minutes. The failing of any code test automatically terminates the examination. Code speeds are computed using five letters per word or code group. Punctuation symbols and numbers count as two letters each.

Question Pools and Study Guides:

Contact the MPT Ships Store at 954.467.3894 for textbooks or study guides or download the question pool from www.fcc.gov

Who Needs A Commercial Operator License?

You need a commercial operator license to operate, and/or to repair and maintain, specified ship, vessels carrying more than 6 passengers, aircraft, and international fixed public radio-communication stations. The licensing requirements for operating such radio stations and the licensing requirements for repairing and maintaining such radio stations are discussed separately below.

Radio Operations

You need a commercial radio operator license to operate the following:

  • Ship radio stations if:
    • the vessel carries more than six passengers for hire; or
    • the radio operates on medium frequencies (MF) or high frequencies (HF); or
    • the vessel sails to foreign ports; or
    • the vessel station transmits radiotelegraphy; or
    • the ship is larger than 300 gross tons and is required by law to carry a radio station for safety purposes.
  • Aircraft radio stations, except those which operate only on very high frequencies (VHF) and do not make foreign flights.
  • International fixed public radiotelephone and radiotelegraph stations.

You do NOT need a commercial operator license to operate the following:

  • Ship stations operating only on VHF frequencies that do not travel to foreign ports or make international communications (unless the vessel carries more than six passengers for hire, or the ship is larger than 300 gross tons and is required by law to carry a radio station for safety purposes).
  • Shore radar, shore radiolocation, maritime support or shore radionavigation stations.
  • Survival craft stations or EPIRBs.
  • Ship radar stations, if (a) the radar frequency is determined by a nontunable, pulse type magnetron or other fixed tune device, and (b) the radar is capable of being operated exclusively by external controls.
  • Coast stations.
  • Aircraft stations which operate only on VHF frequencies and do not make foreign flights.
  • Aircraft radar sets, radio altimeters, transponders or other aircraft automatic radionavigation transmitters.
  • ELTs or aviation survival craft stations used solely for survival purposes (testing only).

Radio Maintenance and Repair

You need a commercial operator license to repair and maintain the following:

  • All ship radio and radar stations.
  • All coast stations.
  • All hand-carried units used to communicate with ships and coast stations on marine frequencies.
  • All aircraft stations and aeronautical ground stations (including hand-carried portable units) used to communicate with aircraft.
  • International fixed public radiotelephone and radiotelegraph stations.

You do NOT need a commercial radio operator license to operate, repair, or maintain any of the following types of stations:

  • Two-way land mobile radio equipment, such as that used by police and fire departments, taxicabs and truckers, businesses and industries, ambulances and rescue squads, and local, state, and federal government agencies.
  • Personal radio equipment used in the Citizens Band (CB), Radio Control (R/C), and General Mobile Radio Services (GMRS).
  • Auxiliary broadcast stations, such as remote pickup stations.
  • Domestic public fixed and mobile radio systems, such as mobile telephone systems, cellular systems, rural radio systems, point-to-point microwave systems, multipoint distribution systems, etc.
  • Stations that operate in the Cable Television Relay Service.
  • Satellite stations, both uplink and downlink of all types.

NOTE: Possession of a commercial radio operator license or permit does not authorize an individual to operate amateur or GMRS radio stations. Only a person holding an amateur or GMRS radio operator license may operate an amateur or GMRS radio station.


Marine Radio Operator Permit (MP)

Description

MPs are required to operate radiotelephone stations aboard certain vessels that sail the Great Lakes. They are also required to operate radiotelephone stations aboard vessels of more than 300 gross tons and vessels which carry more than six passengers for hire in the open sea or any tidewater area of the United States. They are also required to operate certain aviation radiotelephone stations and certain coast radiotelephone stations.

Qualifications

To qualify, you must:

  • be a legal resident of (or otherwise eligible for employment in) the United States; and
  • be able to receive and transmit spoken messages in English; and
  • pass a written and/or telegraphy examination(s) as described below under Examinations.

Terms of License

An MP is issued for the holder's lifetime. (Prior to March 25, 2008, the license term for an MP was five years. Any holder of an MP that expired prior to March 25, 2008, must still file an application to renew the permit within the five-year grace period after expiration.)

How to Obtain a License

Contact us for an examination appointment or one of our instructor led MROP Class Dates (MPT Class Number 130).

Question Pools and Study Guides:

Contact the MPT Ships Store at 954.467.3894 for textbooks or study guides or download the question pool from www.fcc.gov

Note: If you are taking the MROP Class ##130, the textbook is provided at no additional charge.

Examinations

To obtain an FCC Commercial Operator License, applicants must pass written Elements as illustrated in the following table.

Written Elements Telegraphy Elements
Type of License 1 3 5 6 7 7R 8 9 1 2 3 4
Marine Radio Operators Permit

Written Examination Elements

  • Element 1 - Basic radio law and operating practice with which every maritime radio operator should be familiar. To pass, an examinee must correctly answer at least 18 out of 24 questions (75% passing rate).

General Radiotelephone Operator License (PG)

Description

A PG is required to adjust, maintain, or internally repair FCC licensed radiotelephone transmitters in the aviation, maritime, and international fixed public radio services. It conveys all of the operating authority of the MP. It is also required to operate the following:

  • any compulsorily equipped ship radiotelephone station operating with more than 1500 watts of peak envelope power.
  • voluntarily equipped ship and aeronautical (including aircraft) stations with more than 1000 watts of peak envelope power.

Qualifications

To qualify, you must:

  • be a legal resident of (or otherwise eligible for employment in) the United States; and
  • be able to receive and transmit spoken messages in English; and
  • pass a written and/or telegraphy examination(s) as described below under Examinations.

Question Pools and Study Guides:

Contact the MPT Ships Store at 954.467.3894 for textbooks or study guides or download the question pool from www.fcc.gov

Term of License

A PG is issued for the holder's lifetime.

Examinations

Contact us for an appointment

Written Elements Telegraphy Elements
Type of License 1 3 5 6 7 7R 8 9 1 2 3 4
General Radiotelephone Operator License

Written Examination Elements

  • Element 1 - Basic radio law and operating practice with which every maritime radio operator should be familiar. To pass, an examinee must correctly answer at least 18 out of 24 questions.
  • Element 3 - General Radiotelephone. Electronic fundamentals and techniques required to adjust, repair, and maintain radio transmitters and receivers. The exam consists of questions from the following categories: operating procedures, radio wave propagation, radio practice, electrical principles, circuit components, practical circuits, signals and emissions, and antennas and feed lines. To pass, an examinee must correctly answer at least 75 out of 100 questions.

Ship Radar Endorsement

Description

Only persons whose commercial radio operator license bears this endorsement may repair, maintain, or internally adjust ship radar equipment.

Qualifications

To qualify, you must:

  • hold (or qualify for) a PG, DM, DB, T1, or T2; and
  • pass a written examination as described below

Question Pools and Study Guides:

Contact the MPT Ships Store at 954.467.3894 for textbooks or study guides or download the question pool from www.fcc.gov

Examinations

Contact us for an appointment

Written Elements Telegraphy Elements
Type of License 1 3 5 6 7 7R 8 9 1 2 3 4
Ship Radar Endorsement

Written Examination Elements

  • Element 8 - Ship Radar Techniques. Specialized theory and practice applicable to the proper installation, servicing, and maintenance of ship radar equipment in general use for marine navigation purposes. To pass, an examinee must correctly answer at least 38 out of 50 questions.

GMDSS Radio Operator's License (DO)

Description

The DO qualifies the holder to operate, and make some basic equipment adjustments to, Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) radio installations. It also confers the operating authority of the MP.

Qualifications

To qualify, you must:

  • be a legal resident of (or otherwise eligible for employment in) the United States; and
  • be able to receive and transmit spoken messages in English; and
  • pass a written and/or telegraphy examination(s) as described below under Examinations.

Terms of License

A DO is issued for the holder's lifetime. (Prior to March 25, 2008, the license term for a DO was five years. Any holder of a DO that expired prior to March 25, 2008, must still file an application to renew the license within the five-year grace period after expiration.)

Mariners who need an STCW GMDSS Training Certificate:

If you are a mariner (deck officer) serving on a vessel equipped with the GMDSS system, you may be required to obtain a course certificate from a 70 hour USCG approved training course in GMDSS. The FCC examination and associated paperwork will be conducted during the course and a separate exam is not necessary. An FCC license without the course will NOT satisfy STCW requirements. Please see MPT course #152 for more information.

Examinations

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Written Elements Telegraphy Elements
Type of License 1 3 5 6 7 7R 8 9 1 2 3 4
GMDSS Radio Operator's License

Written Examination Elements

  • Element 1 - Basic radio law and operating practice with which every maritime radio operator should be familiar. To pass, an examinee must correctly answer at least 18 out of 24 questions.
  • Element 7 - GMDSS Radio Operating Practices. GMDSS radio operating procedures and practices sufficient to show detailed practical knowledge of the operation of all GMDSS sub-systems and equipment. The exam consists of questions from the following categories: general information, narrow band direct printing, INMARSAT, NAVTEX, digital selective calling, and survival craft. To pass, an examinee must correctly answer at least 75 out of 100 questions.

Restricted GMDSS Radio Operator's License (RG)

Description

The RG qualifies the holder to operate, and make some basic equipment adjustments to, Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) radio installations, but only on voyages that remain within twenty (20) nautical miles of shore. It also confers the operating authority of the MP.

Qualifications

To qualify, you must:

  • be a legal resident of (or otherwise eligible for employment in) the United States; and
  • be able to receive and transmit spoken messages in English; and
  • pass a written and/or telegraphy examination(s) as described below under Examinations.

Term of License

An RG is issued for the holder's lifetime. (Prior to March 25, 2008, the license term for an RG was five years.)

Question Pools and Study Guides:

Download the question pool from www.fcc.gov

Examinations

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Written Elements Telegraphy Elements
Type of License 1 3 5 6 7 7R 8 9 1 2 3 4
Restricted GMDSS Radio Operator's License

Written Examination Elements

  • Element 1 - Basic radio law and operating practice with which every maritime radio operator should be familiar. To pass, an examinee must correctly answer at least 18 out of 24 questions.
  • Element 7R - GMDSS Radio Operating Practices. GMDSS Restricted radio operating procedures and practices sufficient to show detailed practical knowledge of the operation of the VHF GMDSS sub-systems and equipment. The exam consists of questions from the following categories: general information, VHF digital selective calling, and carriage requirement. To pass, an examinee must correctly answer at least 38 out of 50 questions.

GMDSS Radio Maintainer's License (DM)

Description

The DM qualifies personnel as GMDSS radio maintainers to perform at sea repair and maintenance of GMDSS equipment. It also confers the operating authority of the PG and MP.

NOTE: In instances where an applicant qualifies for both a DO and a DM, the applicant qualifies to hold a GMDSS Radio Operator/Maintainer License (DB).

Qualifications

To qualify, you must:

  • be a legal resident of (or otherwise eligible for employment in) the United States; and
  • be able to receive and transmit spoken messages in English; and
  • pass a written and/or telegraphy examination(s) as described below under Examinations.

Question Pools and Study Guides:

Contact the MPT Ships Store at 954.467.3894 for textbooks or study guides or download the question pool from www.fcc.gov

Term of License

A DM is issued for the holder's lifetime. (Prior to March 25, 2008, the license term for a DM was five years. Any holder of a DM that expired prior to March 25, 2008, must still file an application to renew the license within the five-year grace period after expiration.)

Examinations

Contact us for an appointment

Written Elements Telegraphy Elements
Type of License 1 3 5 6 7 7R 8 9 1 2 3 4
GMDSS Radio Maintainer's License

Written Examination Elements

  • Element 1 - Basic radio law and operating practice with which every maritime radio operator should be familiar. To pass, an examinee must correctly answer at least 18 out of 24 questions.
  • Element 3 - General Radiotelephone. Electronic fundamentals and techniques required to adjust, repair, and maintain radio transmitters and receivers. The exam consists of questions from the following categories: operating procedures, radio wave propagation, radio practice, electrical principles, circuit components, practical circuits, signals and emissions, and antennas and feed lines. To pass, an examinee must correctly answer at least 57 out of 76 questions.
  • Element 9 - GMDSS Radio Maintenance Practices and Procedures. Requirements set forth in IMO Assembly on Training for Radio Personnel (GMDSS), Annex 5 and IMO Assembly on Radio Maintenance Guidelines for the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System related to Sea Areas A3 and A4. The exam consists of questions from the following categories: radio system theory, amplifiers, power sources, troubleshooting, digital theory, and GMDSS equipment and regulations. To pass, an examinee must correctly answer at least 38 out of 50 questions.

GMDSS Radio Operator/Maintainer License (DB)

Description

The DB confers the operating authority of the DO and the DM (and, by extension, it also confers the operating authority of the PG and MP).

Qualifications

To qualify, you must:

  • be a legal resident of (or otherwise eligible for employment in) the United States; and
  • be able to receive and transmit spoken messages in English; and
  • pass a written and/or telegraphy examination(s) as described below under Examinations.

Term of License

A DB is issued for the holder's lifetime. (Prior to March 25, 2008, the license term for a DM was five years. Any holder of a DM that expired prior to March 25, 2008, must still file an application to renew the license within the five-year grace period after expiration.)

Question Pools and Study Guides:

Contact the MPT Ships Store at 954.467.3894 for textbooks or study guides or download the question pool from www.fcc.gov

Examinations

Contact us for an appointment

Written Elements Telegraphy Elements
Type of License 1 3 5 6 7 7R 8 9 1 2 3 4
GMDSS Radio Operator's License
GMDSS Radio Maintainer's License

Written Examination Elements

  • Element 1 - Basic radio law and operating practice with which every maritime radio operator should be familiar. To pass, an examinee must correctly answer at least 18 out of 24 questions.
  • Element 3 - General Radiotelephone. Electronic fundamentals and techniques required to adjust, repair, and maintain radio transmitters and receivers. The exam consists of questions from the following categories: operating procedures, radio wave propagation, radio practice, electrical principles, circuit components, practical circuits, signals and emissions, and antennas and feed lines. To pass, an examinee must correctly answer at least 57 out of 76 questions.
  • Element 7 - GMDSS Radio Operating Practices. GMDSS radio operating procedures and practices sufficient to show detailed practical knowledge of the operation of all GMDSS sub-systems and equipment. The exam consists of questions from the following categories: general information, narrow band direct printing, INMARSAT, NAVTEX, digital selective calling, and survival craft. To pass, an examinee must correctly answer at least 75 out of 100 questions.
  • Element 9 - GMDSS Radio Maintenance Practices and Procedures. Requirements set forth in IMO Assembly on Training for Radio Personnel (GMDSS), Annex 5 and IMO Assembly on Radio Maintenance Guidelines for the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System related to Sea Areas A3 and A4. The exam consists of questions from the following categories: radio system theory, amplifiers, power sources, troubleshooting, digital theory, and GMDSS equipment and regulations. To pass, an examinee must correctly answer at least 38 out of 50 questions.

Third Class Radiotelegraph Operator's Certificate (T3)

Description

The T3 authorizes operation of certain coast radiotelegraph stations. It also confers the operating authority of the MP.

Qualifications

To qualify, you must:

  • be a legal resident of (or otherwise eligible for employment in) the United States; and
  • be able to receive and transmit spoken messages in English; and
  • pass a written and/or telegraphy examination(s) as described below under Examinations.

Term of License

The T3 is issued for a period of five (5) years. These licenses may be renewed at any time within the last ninety (90) days of their term up until five years following expiration without having to re-take an examination. After the five-year grace period expires, applicants must retake the requisite written and/or telegraphy examination(s). An expired certificate is not valid for any radio operations.

Note: Telegraphy examinations may incur additional fees

Examinations

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Written Elements Telegraphy Elements
Type of License 1 3 5 6 7 7R 8 9 1 2 3 4
Third Class Radiotelegraph Operator's Certificate

Written Examination Elements

  • Element 1 - Basic radio law and operating practice with which every maritime radio operator should be familiar. To pass, an examinee must correctly answer at least 18 out of 24 questions.
  • Element 5 - Radiotelegraph Operating Procedure. Radio operating procedures and practices generally followed or required in communicating by means of radiotelegraph stations. To pass, an examinee must correctly answer at least 38 out of 50 questions.

Telegraphy Examinations Elements

  • Element 1 - 16 code groups per minute.
  • Element 2 - 20 words per minute.

Telegraphy exams may consist of both transmitting and receiving tests or just a receiving test. Although the FCC rules provide that passing a telegraphy receiving examination is adequate proof of an examinee's ability to both send and receive telegraphy, a COLEM may nonetheless include a sending segment in a telegraphy examination. Examinees must copy by ear and, if subject to a sending test, send by hand plain text and code groups in the international Morse code using all the letters of the alphabet, numerals 0-9, period, comma, question mark, slant mark, and prosigns AR, BT, and SK. Examinees must copy and send at the required speeds for one continuous minute without making any errors. Each test lasts approximately five minutes. The failing of any code test automatically terminates the examination. Code speeds are computed using five letters per word or code group. Punctuation symbols and numbers count as two letters each.


Second Class Radiotelegraph Operator's Certificate (T2)

Description

The T2 authorizes the holder to operate, repair, and maintain ship stations, and to repair and maintain coast radiotelegraph stations in the maritime services. It also confers all of the operating authority of the T3 and MP.

Qualifications

To qualify, you must:

  • be a legal resident of (or otherwise eligible for employment in) the United States; and
  • be able to receive and transmit spoken messages in English; and
  • pass a written and/or telegraphy examination(s) as described below under Examinations.

Term of License

The T2 is issued for a period of five (5) years. These licenses may be renewed at any time within the last ninety (90) days of their term up until five years following expiration without having to re-take an examination. After the five-year grace period expires, applicants must retake the requisite written and/or telegraphy examination(s). An expired certificate is not valid for any radio operations.

Note: Telegraphy examinations may incur additional fees

Examinations

Contact us for an appointment

Written Elements Telegraphy Elements
Type of License 1 3 5 6 7 7R 8 9 1 2 3 4
Second Class Radiotelegraph Operator's Certificate

Written Examination Elements

  • Element 1 - Basic radio law and operating practice with which every maritime radio operator should be familiar. To pass, an examinee must correctly answer at least 18 out of 24 questions.
  • Element 5 - Radiotelegraph Operating Procedure. Radio operating procedures and practices generally followed or required in communicating by means of radiotelegraph stations. To pass, an examinee must correctly answer at least 38 out of 50 questions.
  • Element 6 - Advanced Radiotelegraph. Technical, legal, and other matters applicable to the operation of all classes of radiotelegraph stations. To pass, an examinee must correctly answer at least 75 out of 100 questions.

Telegraphy Examinations Elements

  • Element 1 - 16 code groups per minute.
  • Element 2 - 20 words per minute.

Telegraphy exams may consist of both transmitting and receiving tests or just a receiving test. Although the FCC rules provide that passing a telegraphy receiving examination is adequate proof of an examinee's ability to both send and receive telegraphy, a COLEM may nonetheless include a sending segment in a telegraphy examination. Examinees must copy by ear and, if subject to a sending test, send by hand plain text and code groups in the international Morse code using all the letters of the alphabet, numerals 0-9, period, comma, question mark, slant mark, and prosigns AR, BT, and SK. Examinees must copy and send at the required speeds for one continuous minute without making any errors. Each test lasts approximately five minutes. The failing of any code test automatically terminates the examination. Code speeds are computed using five letters per word or code group. Punctuation symbols and numbers count as two letters each.

First Class Radiotelegraph Operator's Certificate (T1)

Description

A T1 is required only for those who serve as the chief radio operator on a U.S. passenger ship equipped with a radiotelegraph station. It also conveys all of the operating authority of a T2.

Qualifications

To qualify, you must:

  • be a legal resident of (or otherwise eligible for employment in) the United States; and
  • be able to receive and transmit spoken messages in English; and
  • pass a written and/or telegraphy examination(s) as described below under Examinations.
  • be at least 21 years old; and
  • have one year of experience in sending and receiving public correspondence by radiotelegraph at a public coast station, a ship station, or both.

Term of License

The T1 is issued for a period of five (5) years. These licenses may be renewed at any time within the last ninety (90) days of their term up until five years following expiration without having to re-take an examination. After the five-year grace period expires, applicants must retake the requisite written and/or telegraphy examination(s). An expired certificate is not valid for any radio operations.

Note: Telegraphy examinations may incur additional fees

Examinations

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Written Elements Telegraphy Elements
Type of License 1 3 5 6 7 7R 8 9 1 2 3 4
First Class Radiotelegraph Operator's Certificate

Written Examination Elements

  • Element 1 - Basic radio law and operating practice with which every maritime radio operator should be familiar. To pass, an examinee must correctly answer at least 18 out of 24 questions.
  • Element 5 - Radiotelegraph Operating Procedure. Radio operating procedures and practices generally followed or required in communicating by means of radiotelegraph stations. To pass, an examinee must correctly answer at least 38 out of 50 questions.
  • Element 6 - Advanced Radiotelegraph. Technical, legal, and other matters applicable to the operation of all classes of radiotelegraph stations. To pass, an examinee must correctly answer at least 75 out of 100 questions.

Telegraphy Examinations Elements

  • Element 3 - 20 code groups per minute.
  • Element 4 - 25 words per minute.

Telegraphy exams may consist of both transmitting and receiving tests or just a receiving test. Although the FCC rules provide that passing a telegraphy receiving examination is adequate proof of an examinee's ability to both send and receive telegraphy, a COLEM may nonetheless include a sending segment in a telegraphy examination. Examinees must copy by ear and, if subject to a sending test, send by hand plain text and code groups in the international Morse code using all the letters of the alphabet, numerals 0-9, period, comma, question mark, slant mark, and prosigns AR, BT, and SK. Examinees must copy and send at the required speeds for one continuous minute without making any errors. Each test lasts approximately five minutes. The failing of any code test automatically terminates the examination. Code speeds are computed using five letters per word or code group Punctuation symbols and numbers count as two letters each.


Additional Licensee Information

Operating While Application is Pending

A person who has filed an application for a commercial operator license with the FCC, and who holds a Proof of Passing Certificate(s) indicating that he or she has passed the necessary examination(s) within the previous 365 days, is authorized to exercise the rights and privileges of the applied-for operator license during the period before the FCC acts on the application, but only for a period of 90 days from the date the application was filed, provided that the applicant has not had a commercial radio operator license revoked or suspended in the past, and is not the subject of an ongoing suspension proceeding.

Renewal Procedures

Telegraphy Licenses still require renewal every five years. Go to www.fcc.gov for renewal.

Radio Telephone licenses active after March 25, 2008 are now lifetime licenses and do not require renewal. Any license that EXPIRED prior to March 25, 2008 must still be renewed one more time. Contact www.fcc.gov for more information.

Posting of License or Permit

If you are employed at a station where your operator license must be posted, you may post either your proof of passing certificate or a signed copy of your renewal application instead of your license while your application for license renewal is being processed.

Lost, Stolen, Mutilated, or Destroyed Licenses

You may apply for a duplicate license by submitting FCC Forms 159 (Fee Processing Form) and 605 according to the instructions printed on the 605 application. A fee is required. Current information on the fee amount and filing location can be found in the most recent edition of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Fee Filing Guide, FCC Form 1070Y, or by calling the FCC's Consumer Center toll free at 1-888-CALL-FCC (225-5322). The WTB Fee Filing Guide and FCC Form 1070Y are also available from the fax-on-demand system by dialing (202) 418-0177 from the handset of a fax machine.

Name Changes

If you change your name, you must apply for a replacement license in your new legal name. Be sure to indicate the reason for your application and give both your former and new legal names.