Communications Licenses

Posted on June 17, 2021
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FRS (Family Radio Service), GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service), & Amateur HAM radio licensure

FRS does not require testing or licensing for the FCC.

GMRS does not require testing BUT DOES REQUIRE A LICENSE (good for 10 years for an entire family)

FCC is lowering the cost of the GMRS license from $70 to reportedly $35. This has not taken effect yet.

  1. GMRS vs FRS for Emergency Communication in 2021 (
  2. 6 Things You Should Know about FCC Changes for FRS and GMRS Radios | Midland Radio (
  3. General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) | Federal Communications Commission (
  4. How To Get A GMRS License – Easy Guide To GMRS Licensing On The FCC Website – The NotARubicon
  5. When will the new FCC license fees take effect? (

Amateur HAM radio requires successful testing to be licensed. There are three classes of licensure.

  1. Technician – allows a person to use UHF & VHF frequencies (local communications)
  2. General – allows a person to use UHF, VHF & HF frequencies (local and worldwide)
  3. Extra – allows a person to use small exclusive bands on the above frequencies

About the different levels of amateur radio licenses | Ham Radio Answers (



  1. Archer.Pat

    Hello, I am brand new to CORAC and exploring the resources here. What a collection!
    I’ve started studying for my technician license and am planning to take the test in January (maybe December if I am feeling confident).

    Thank you for the work you have put into creating these guides.

  2. Mark Lapchak

    If we are using the HF band, then from the information above, a Technician license would NOT allow communications on the 40 meter band. Is this just a documentation mistake above?

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