GMRS Licensing

How do I get a GMRS License?

Getting a GMRS license isn’t as tough as you may think. There is no test or studying and everyone in your family can use the same license! Below are instructions on how to get you and your family on the GMRS radio waves! We will show you what we can in order to help navigate the most important parts. Keep an eye on this page and we will update as we can.

First step is to GO Here and create an account

create new account


Then go here:

This is the FCC Universal Licensing System. From this page, you’ll need to do two things if you’re “new”. You will need to

  • Register with the FCC and get a FRN Federal Registration Number
  • Use that FRN to fill out the license application. Let’s do the FRN first.

Click on Register and Receive your FRN


The next page will ask a couple of questions. Click “An individual” and “yes”. You must have a contact address within the US or its territories.


Next page, fill out the entirety of the form. You’ll be asked for name, address and social security number at a minimum. Note at the bottom you’ll be asked to fill out a password. You’ll need this password if you ever need to make changes to your license after its given to you, such as moving. As a side note, you MUST keep a valid mailing address on your FCC license. This can be a PO box or home address but must be valid. registration3

Once this process is complete, click SUBMIT at the bottom of the page. The FCC will automatically generate a new FRN for you. KEEP THIS NUMBER! You’ll need it.


Next, scroll down and click Universal Licensing System


Pick ULS Licensing Manager as shown:


This will bring up a log in page asking for the FRN and password you had generated. Enter them in here.


Once you log in, you’ll land at a page that says My Licenses/License Manager. On the left navigation pane, select Apply For A New License. It will bring up this page.

Select ZA-General Mobile Radio Service. You’ll have to scroll all the way to the bottom of the drop down menu. Click continue once you’ve selected ZA.


Leave all three drop downs as NO on this page.


Fill out the licensing personal registration10information as asked.


Next page, certify whether or not you have a criminal background. I would HOPE it was no. If it is yes, follow the attachment instructions that you’re asked for.

NOW you’re at the certification page. Make sure your information is correct and that you’re ready to submit the application. Click Continue To Certify


Once you land at this page, read the rules! You’ll have to electronically sign to submit at the bottom of the page. It will then take you to the FCC payment locker where you’ll pay your $70.00 fee for a 10 year license.


payment method

authorize payment

authorize payment






Once you submit your license application and pay the fee (the FCC will take you to a separate page in order to pay), the FCC will have your license generated within 24-48 hours. In order to check on it, you can log back into your FRN on the Universal Licensing System and check for it. Click on “download your official electronic authorizations now” link and it will display your official FCC license for printing. Print it out and welcome to GMRS!!!