What Is An FCC License?

Posted by Two Way Direct on 26th Apr 2023

What is an FCC License?

    According to the FCC, also known as the Federal Communications Commission, they are “responsible for managing and licensing the electromagnetic spectrum for commercial users and for non-commercial users including: state, county and local governments. This includes public safety, commercial and non-commercial fixed and mobile wireless services, broadcast television and radio, satellite and other services.”

    So, basically when utilizing two way radios you are gaining access to the electromagnetic spectrum for business use. This spectrum is viewed as a closed source for communication for regulatory purposes.

    It is mandatory for businesses to acquire an FCC license with their fleet of radios and they can actually be fined if they do not get one. Often businesses avoid applying for FCC licenses due to the process and expense, however, a fine is going to be much more costly than acquiring one properly.

Which radios do not require an FCC License?

  • Family Radio Service (FRS channels)
  • General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS)
  • Business Radio Service (BRS)
  • Multi-Use Radio Service (MURS)

How long does it take to get FCC Approved?

   The process of getting your radios FCC approved can take up to 6 months, however, it is common that businesses are allowed to begin operating around 10 days after their certification date, while waiting for the approval.


    Are you interested in applying for an FCC License for your team’s radios? Give us a call at 888-742-5893 and we can help you get this process started today!