FCC Station License/MMSI# Requirement
This notification only applies to US
registered or documented vessels. If your vessel is NOT US registered or
documented you must apply for MMSI # from your flag state/country. If you are
required by law or treaty to carry a radio on your vessel you are required to
have MMSI #.
This is to advise you of the possible
need for an FCC Station license & MMSI#. The MMSI # is required for ALL AIS
transponders to transmit your identity over the air. If you are a US documented
or registered vessel and are required
to have MMSI # then you are also required to have an FCC Ship Station License
& Restricted Radio Operators Permit.
domestically that do not travel to foreign ports (i.e. Canada, Mexico, Bahamas,
and British Virgin Islands), do not use marine radio equipment on board the
vessel other than Marine VHF radios, EPIRBs or radar (SSB or satellite
communications) and do not carry more than six passengers for hire on the Great
Lakes, bays, tidewaters or in the open sea are NOT required to have a Ship Station License or Restricted Radiotelephone
Operators Permit. These vessels would be able to legally obtain an MMSI# from
domestic outlets such as Boat U.S. or Sea Tow.
To determine if you
require an FCC Ship Radio Station License, answer the following questions:
1- Are you required by law or treaty to carry a radio on your vessel?
2- Does your vessel travel to foreign ports? (Canada, Mexico, Bahamas
and BVI included)
3- Do you have marine radio equipment on board your vessel other than
marine VHF radios, EPIRBs (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon), or
radar? (Such as SSB or Satellite communications)
If you answered
"Yes" to any of these questions, you must apply for a FCC Ship Radio
Station License. If you answered "No" to all of these questions, then
you do not require an FCC Ship Radio Station license and can acquire the MMSI#
from Boat U.S. or Sea Tow.
Log in to http://wireless.fcc.gov/uls with your
FCC Registration Number
(FRN) and password
On the left-side of
the screen, click Apply for a New License
From the drop down
box, select the Radio Service for the new license Choose SA or SB- Ship
Click Continue to
navigate through the application
application and click Submit Application by typing your first and last name in
the name fields you have signed your application
ULS will calculate
those fees. Fees for online filing MUST be received within 10 calendar days of
the filing. Click Continue for Payment
Options button to make selection of Pay By Credit Card or View Form 159.
Filing a Paper Form:
To complete a
manual application filing use FCC 605 Main Form and Schedule B and FCC Form
159. Forms can be obtained from the
If you have any
further questions, or need additional information, submit a request through http://esupport.fcc.gov or call the FCC
Licensing Support Center at 877-480-3201.
See the website http://wireless.fcc.gov/commoperators/index.htm?job=rr
for more information on the requirements for the permit.