How To Get A GMRS License – Easy Guide To GMRS Licensing On The FCC Website

If you own, or plan to purchase a “GMRS” radio and you live in the United States, you will need a GMRS license from the FCC. A GMRS license is not the same as a HAM radio or Amateur Radio Operators license, and there is no test for a GMRS license – you simply purchase the GMRS license at the FCC website, much like purchasing a fishing license.

As of early 2021 the cost for a GMRS license is $70 – however the price will be dropping to only $35 sometime in mid-2021. The license is good for 10 years, and it covers your entire immediate family. The FCC will issue you a GMRS call-sign, which you, or your family members will use to identify yourself at the end of a transmission, or at least once every 15 minutes if you are in a long conversation. The only other “rules” are that you cannot transmit obscenities, you cannot purposefully interfere with other people or be a nuisance, and you cannot broadcast music – you may also only use a FCC Part 95E Type Accepted radio – all radios for sale in the united states that are labeled as a “GMRS Radio” are FCC Part 95E compliant. You may not transmit on GMRS frequencies using most ham radios – for example, a Baofeng UV-5R is not legal for use on GMRS frequencies. If you are a licensed ham radio operator you must also obtain a GMRS license – a ham license does not authorize you to transmit on GMRS frequencies.

Although there is no test to get your GMRS license, many people consider negotiating and finding your way around the FCC website a test in itself – some even say it is harder to find and fill out the forms for a GMRS license than it is to take the HAM-Radio Operators License Exam! The FCC website is a dumpster-fire that is probably the most difficult to use, least user-friendly website you will ever find – this is your tax dollars at work! Basically the FCC website sucks in every way possible – this is why I have put together this step-by-step guide to buying your GMRS license.

The FCC website is used for many things, obtaining other licenses, etc – so the first thing you must do is create a general FCC website login. This login is called your “FRN” or FCC Registration Number – you will use the FRN to log in to the FCC website.

How To Apply For A GMRS license:

Point your web-browser to the FCC website at: https://apps.fcc.gov/cores/userLogin.do and click on the REGISTER button.

This will take you to the new FRN form to enter your information:

FCC Website registration page
Step one: Fill in the blanks

After filling in and submitting the form the FCC will send you an email with a link to click on to confirm your email address – if you don’t see that email be sure to check your junk/spam folders. After confirming your email address you can then log-in to the FCC website with your “FRN” account here: https://apps.fcc.gov/cores/userLogin.do

After creating and logging-in to the FCC website with your new FRN, you can now purchase your GMRS license.

To request and purchase your GMRS license go to the License Manager page and sign-in with your FRN/FCC Registration number and password, then click Apply For a New License in the left-side menu section.

On the next page, in the drop-down list, select “ZA General Mobile Radio (GMRS)”

FCC LIcense Manager - Select Service for new license

On the next page, “Applicant Questions”, most people will select “NO” for “Does this filing request STA (Special Temporary Authorization) ?

For “Fee Status”, answer “no” to “Is the applicant exempt from FCC application fees?” and “Is the applicant exempt from FCC regulatory fees?” (unless you know that you are exempt – if you don’t know, then you are not exempt)

FCC LIcense Manager Applicant questions for GMRS license
Click NO to the questions

On the next page, fill out your name and other information that you want associated with your GMRS license – remember that everything entered here is public information. Click the CONTINUE button when complete.

 FCC license manager - personal information for GMRS license
IMPORTANT: This information will be public

The next page asks if you have been convicted of a felony. Being a convict does not necessarily prevent you from receiving a GMRS license, but the form asks you to explain the circumstances of your conviction. When complete, click CONTINUE in the lower-right.

Are you a convicted law-breaker? If so, that’s ok, just explain

The next page will ask you to review your application information and allow you to change anything by clicking the “edit” buttons on the right-side of each section. After confirming that everything is correct, click the “Continue To Certify” (FCC speak for “give us your money”) button.

Confirm your info is correct

On the next page “certify” that everything is accurate and click SUBMIT. You will then be taken to the payment page. You may be asked to log-in again with your FCC ID/FRN and password.

Pay the fee for your GMRS license

Select your payment method and follow the on-screen prompts. Once completed and after your payment goes through the FCC will send you an email when your license has been granted – This usually takes between 2 and 5 days.

To check the status of your license or to view/update your licensee information, just log in to the FCC website here: https://wireless2.fcc.gov/UlsEntry/licManager/login.jsp and click on the “My Licenses” or “My Applications” link on the left-side menu.

21 thoughts on “How To Get A GMRS License – Easy Guide To GMRS Licensing On The FCC Website

  1. Mark L says:

    Randy: Thank you for all your great information and the enjoyable entertainment on Youtube. My wife and I have learned a lot in a short amount of time and have laughed our asses off doing so. UdaMan! Best regards

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  2. Chris Lane says:

    Hi how do I get a license for the uk or do we need on iv tried to look it up on the net ans I can’t find a thing about it haha hope to here bk

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  3. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for clarity. I will be going through these pages soon, dont feel confident, and need to be sucessful. If it’s 35 or 70 dollars I dont know but both costs are a expense I dont wish to forfit for my random bugout bag use!

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  4. Anonymous the 2nd says:

    Thank you for the great walk through. They certainly make you go through a confusing maze in order to get to pay them the $70 (yes, it’s still $70). I guess they have to pay the employee that monitors us. Even with your walkthrough, it was still an exasperating experience!

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    1. Seth F. says:

      Thank you very much for the information and the links!
      FCC site is really a maze!

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  5. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much for navigating me through the register process. John T.

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  6. NateCCIE says:

    Great instructions. I got stuck on two computers with it not loading the payment screen on both Chrome and IE. Called into the FCC and the nice lady recommended FireFox and i was able to submit the payment.

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  7. Terry Keeler says:

    I had the same problem with the payment screen. Ended up having to log in again and it went to the payment screen that time.

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  8. Richard Wheeler says:

    I would have never been able to figure this out without this tutorial. Thank you. As of 9/20/21 it is still $70 and I too had trouble with the payment screen. I walked away for 15 minutes or so and when I tried about it took me to the screen where I paid my taxes …. wait I mean fee.

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  9. John says:

    Thank you Randy, I’m completely new to Ham radio and found you first on YouTube. I find you hilarious and entertaining, as well as informative and easy to follow. This tutorial help immensely and like many here I also had difficulty with the payment screen which after many attempts finally “just worked”. Also was disappointed to find the fee was still $70 this late into 2021. Just wanted to say thank you and well done!

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  10. Anonymous says:

    I would be more then happy to sign up for one but I’m in Canada and there isn’t a requirement to have a GMRS license here at all.

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  11. Anonymous says:

    Hi, I join the previous comments in sending a big note of gratitude for assisting in weeding through the FCC licensing disorienting fog bank.

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  12. Duane says:

    Thanks, I could not have done it with out the tutorial. Website to take you money for using the Free Air Waves was a nightmare.

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  13. Larry Wolfarth says:

    Thanks, Randy, for the step-by-step guidance. No wonder the gmrs fee is still $70: It must cost a fortune to maintain that ‘system’. I managed to buy my license on an Android phone using the Brave browser, so it can be done. (The ‘system’ kicked me out a couple of times, so it took about 40 minutes.)

    Thanks also for your many edutainment videos: They convinced me to go gmrs and to buy a Wouxun radio. I just wish my departed uncle, an aged ‘happy’ ham with top-shelf Collins gear, could have seen them. He would have marvelled at (& taken apart) a radio or two and then repeated his view that the best gear is that which gets you connected.

    Keep adventuring.

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  14. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for this information! It was super helpful and I couldn’t have figured it out without your help!!

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  15. CK says:

    Am I missing something? I followed the first steps for creating an account and verifying my account via the automated email, but that was just to create the account. That doesn’t appear to have given me the FRN required to actually get the license. I have an account based on an email, but where do you get the FRN?

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    1. Anonymous says:

      At the user home page, I had to “Register New FRN”. That step appears to be missing from the instructions.

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  16. Eric says:

    Randy informed us all while making my wife and myself laugh our pants off. Then he scared the living daylights out us with the term when SHTF. My wife got on Randy’s movement and mad me pick up some GMRS radios. I wanted to become a sad HAM but I was out numbered by the family….Thanks NotArubicon! The way you do things make it easier for all who listen to you. For sure you’re a funny funny dude. Pure comedy at its best. Best wishes to you.

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  17. Anonymous says:

    Where’s your patreon… . I want to fund your YouTube channel are building the hobby

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  18. Anonymous says:

    Great clear instructions to follow – thanks

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  19. onlysublime says:

    Hi, thank you for the information! I have a couple questions. First is do I need a license per person? If I get 2 handhelds to talk back and forth like a walkie talkie, does that mean each person needs a license? If I add a third walkie talkie, does that mean the third person also needs a license? thanks in advance…

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