Licenses to operate amateur stations for personal use are granted to individuals of any age once they demonstrate an understanding of both pertinent FCC regulations and knowledge of radio station operation and safety considerations. Applicants as young as five years old have passed examinations and were granted licenses. Operator licenses are divided into different classes, each of which corresponds to an increasing degree of knowledge and corresponding privileges. Over the years, the details of the classes have changed significantly, leading to the current system of three open classes and three grandfathered but closed to new applicants classes. Amateur radio licenses in the United States are issued and renewed by the Federal Communications Commission without charge, although the private individuals who administer the examinations may recoup their expenses by charging a fee. Licenses currently remain valid for 10 years from the date of issuance or renewal.
Amateur radio licensing in the United States - Wikipedia
If you are a ham radio operator and are less than 90 days from your license expiration date, or if your license expired less than two years ago, you can renew your ham radio license online from your computer. You won't need to take the examination again. If you have not previously registered for an FRN, click "register. Click the appropriate response, either yes or no, and click "Continue. Go to the "License-at-A.
Renewing a License in the Universal Licensing System (ULS)
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Jump to navigation. You can renew one or more licenses on the same application. Some renewal applications require a fee. ULS will automatically determine if a fee is required and tell you the amount once you complete your application.