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Cancelling a License

How do I cancel a License with the FCC?

Individuals must log in to ULS Online Filing with their FCC Registration Number (FRN) and password to cancel their license. Visit the FCC Resources page for instructions and FAQs.

Clubs must file a 605-C form to cancel a club license. The 605-C form must be submitted to a Club Station Call Sign Administrator (CSCSA).

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FCC Notification of a Silent Key (deceased licensee)
The FCC requires that they receive a signed request indicating that the current license holder is now deceased.  The individual requesting the cancellation must include the deceased licensee's name and call sign in the notification, must write/type an explanation as to why they're requesting the cancellation (“he was my friend, he passed away on 1/1/2021”), and then physically sign the request.  It can be typed, but it needs to be printed, physically signed, then scanned and attached to the e-request.

Also, the FCC requires that some type of evidence of death accompany the request.  Any of the following supporting information is acceptable as proof:
      - Copy of a dated obituary (must include date of death)
      - Copy of the death certificate

Requests for cancellation of a deceased Amateur's license along with the
supporting information can be submitted through the FCC website support
services page https://www.fcc.gov/available-support-services.  Select option
"Submit a help request", fill in the required fields and attach the proof and
the document with the signature before hitting submit. 

The FCC does not accept mailed documentation.

Allow the FCC one to two weeks to cancel the license. Verify the license has been canceled in the FCC license database (search by call sign or name). 
The canceled license will show the license STATUS as "CANCELED".

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Silent Key Call Signs and Vanity Call Signs
The FCC will not reassign a call sign that is presently licensed to an individual or club, unless they receive a signed written request to have the license canceled--or until two years have elapsed since the license may have expired. Only one person or club can hold a single call sign at one time.  See FCC notification section above for instructions on cancelling a license in the FCC database.

Individuals:  After the license is canceled in the system, an eligible family member will have a limited amount of time to apply for the call sign depending on the date of death.
The time allowed may be as little as 30 days or up to 2 years to apply for the call sign as a vanity call sign before it goes back into the pool of available call signs.
View vanity call sign procedures, eligibility, and information here: http://www.arrl.org/vanity-call-signs   
Contact the FCC help line to find out when a call sign becomes available to the public and if the call sign you are requesting is assignable to you.  Phone: 1-888-CALL-FCC (1-888-225-5322).

Clubs:  After the license is canceled in the system, the club will have a limited amount of time to apply for the club member’s call sign in memoriam depending on the date of death.
The time allowed may be as little as 30 days or up to 2 years to apply for the call sign as a vanity call sign before it goes back into the pool of available call signs.
View amateur radio club vanity call sign procedures, eligibility, and information here: http://www.arrl.org/club-call-signs   
Contact the FCC help line to find out when a call sign becomes available to the public and if the call sign you are requesting is assignable to the club.  Phone: 1-888-CALL-FCC (1-888-225-5322).

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If you have any further questions, please contact  ARRL VEC.

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