In March 2021, we speculate when the FCC will begin implementing new application fees for radio licenses, specifically for GMRS and amateur radio services. The FCC has announced an effective date for the new filing fee. New $35 GMRS and Amateur License Application Fee effective April 19, 2022!
On December 29, 2020 the FCC issued a FCC Report and Order announcing the new fees. According to the document, the fee for an amateur radio technician, general or extra license, which previously was without charge, will now cost $35. The fee will apply to vanity call signs as well. The cost of a GMRS license will decrease from $70 to only $35. The licenses for both services are valid for 10 years.
On March 23, 2022, the FCC published the effective date for the Bureau's new filing rate, stating, "This bulletin announces that the new Bureau's filing rate, codified as 47 CFR § 1.1102, will be effective on
April 19, 2022. "
CFR § 1.1102 covers rates for personal radio service, including amateur and GMRS.
Update April 19, 2022 - The notice on the FCC website states the following: System: Universal Licensing System (ULS) On April 19, 2022, new filing fees were implemented. See the Wireless Telecommunications Fees Guide for fees related to applications filed in ULS. Please refer to DA 22-307.
GMRS licenses cover an individual and their immediate families.
The license last ten years.
Licenses can be renewed between 90 days prior to the expiration date and up to the actual expiration date of the license. After a license expires, you must request a new GMRS license.
To apply for a GMRS license, you must be 18 years or older and not a representative of a foreign government. If you receive a license, any immediate family member, regardless of their age, can operate GMRS stations and units within the license system.
Any radio using the shared FRS/GMRS frequencies that is able to transmit above 2-Watts of power is classified as GMRS. GMRS radios can include handheld walkie talkies or in-unit mobile radios.
To read about how to apply for a GMRS Licence, go here