Links to classes to acquire HAM radio license
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.
- GMRS vs FRS for Emergency Communication in 2021 (survivalandmore.com)
- 6 Things You Should Know about FCC Changes for FRS and GMRS Radios | Midland Radio (midlandusa.com)
- General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) | Federal Communications Commission (fcc.gov)
- How To Get A GMRS License – Easy Guide To GMRS Licensing On The FCC Website – The NotARubicon
- When will the new FCC license fees take effect? (buytwowayradios.com)
Amateur HAM radio requires successful testing to be licensed. There are three classes of licensure.
- Technician – allows a person to use UHF & VHF frequencies (local communications)
- General – allows a person to use UHF, VHF & HF frequencies (local and worldwide)
- Extra – allows a person to use small exclusive bands on the above frequencies