Stockton-Delta Amateur Radio Club


This page will Instruct you on how to:

Register Your Social Security Number with the FCC to Receive Your FRN 

(Federal Registration Number)


The FCC encourages you to get your FRN Number First

Social Security Number or FRN Number?

Some people are opposed to using their Social Security Number on Applications. The FCC will start requiring a Federal Registration Number (FRN) on your FCC-605 in order to issue a Radio License. Social Security Numbers are no longer accepted by the Laurel VEC Team.  

These instructions will show you how to create your own FRN in advance of test day. If you already have an FRN; if you already have a license, STOP HERE! You don’t want two FRNs. It could delay the issuance of your license. Just enter it on the application form.  If you don’t remember it, see the last paragraph below to see how to locate it.

Having an FRN is now mandatory. 

Once your new license appears in the ULS database, you are licensed and can operate. The FCC has discontinued sending licenses to new Hams. You will not receive a license in the mail. You must print it out yourself.

Creating a Federal Registration Number (FRN) 

Before you start

  • Have your social security number handy
  • Prepare a password
  • Be ready to record a Personal Security Question (PSQ / answer)

 Open a web browser.

Search “FCC ULS”

Click on “CORES”, (FCC Registration System) or go directly to


Answer the two questions:

  • You are most likely an INDIVIDUAL
  • You probably have a mailing address within the U.S.


Fill out the form.

  • Red starred fields are required
  • Choose and enter a password
  • Personal Security Question (PSQ)

Click on SUBMIT at the bottom of the form.

If successful, you will get this message:

“Thank you for registering with the FCC. As of today, Feb XX 2015 XX:XXPM, you have been assigned the following FCC Registration Number (FRN): XXXXXXXXXX.”

“Please print this page for your records.”

Bring your FRN to the testing session.

 If you have an FRN but don’t remember it:

Go to: and click on SEARCH. Then in the FRN dropdown menu select Name and enter your Last Name and click SEARCH. Use Advanced Search if you have a common name.

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