**** Per the February 2015 Public Notice DA 15-72, The FCC no longer mails paper license authorizations (License Copy). The FCC has decided to go totally electronic so you will not receive a license copy in the mail from the FCC. To obtain a copy of your renewed license, please visit the FCC site FCC License Manager
Please visit this FCC checklist before renewing your license: FCC Renewal checklist
As of Feb 1 W5YI-VEC Renewal fees will go up to $10 plus the $35 FCC Application Fee.
Once your RENEWAL request is submitted to the FCC, they will give it a File # and send you an email with full instruction on how to pay your $35 FCC Application Fee. You do not have to wait for the FCC email to log in to the FCC Pay Fee site linked below if you know that we have received and submitted your request. Your request will be submitted within 24 hours once we receive it here in our office. PLEASE DO NOT USE A PHONE OR TABLET TO PAY THE FEE. The FCC Fee Pay site is not compatible with phones or tablets. This means your will need to use a desktop to pay your application fee. If you use a phone or tablet to make you payment, it will appear that the payment went through with no issues and your card may be charged but the payment will NOT be applied to the application as it should be and the pending application WILL NOT be granted.
You will have 10 days to submit your payment to the FCC, or they will dismiss your request for non-payment. There is no FCC Application Fee for an address change only.
You may file your application online with us electronically or you may print out the W5YI Renewal Form Form and mail it along with your remittance long with your processing fee to : W5YI-VEC, POB 200065, Arlington, Tx 76006-0065 or email your application to
CLUB STATION LICENSE RENEWALS Club station licenses may be renewed here electronically ONLY IF there are no changes to the existing FCC license record. If there is any change such as address, trustee or name of the club, a club application must be submitted by mail or fax for processing. If you are the trustee of a club station license and need to file a modification to the club station license you can download our Club Station Application here: Club Station Application PDF
Fill out, sign and return the application to us with a copy of the station license of the trustee for processing. Please be prepared to provide copies of the organizational documents (listed above), as required by FCC rule. If you are making application for a change of trustee, change of address, or change in the name of the club, we require that supporting documentation be submitted reflecting that change. This can be minutes from a club meeting or BOD meeting where the change was voted on or approved for action on the club station license.
Amateur Radio licenses may only be renewed within 90 days of the license expiration date. Vanity call signs may be renewed online here(Disabled) or by using the FCC Universal Licensing System (ULS) To give up a vanity call sign and request a sequential call the vanity call can not expired or be in the renewal grace period. Contact our VEC Office at 800-669-9594 if you have any questions regarding license renewals.
Volunteer Examiner Coordinators, such as the W5YI-VEC , have a different electronic filing system available which allows automatic registration of your call sign and electronic access to the FCC license database. Even if you have already registered, we can obtain your license information to renew your Amateur Radio operator license. We also handle mailing address changes or get a duplicate license mailed to you from the FCC.
Radio amateurs may renew their own license, but only within the allowed 90 day filing window, using the FCC new Universal Licensing System (ULS). But it can be confusing. You access your license record information with a password and personal security question (PSQ).
Amateur operator licenses may be renewed any time during a filing window of 90 days before license expiration and there is a 2 year grace period, in which after your license has expired, you may still renew. But your license will be cancelled on the next business day after the 2 year grace period has expired. After the 2 year "grace period" is up, your license will be cancelled by the FCC. While you can receive upgrading credit for having previously held a General Class or Extra Class license, to regain your amateur privileges you will have to retake and pass a Technician Exam. Once a new license has been granted you may be able to get your old call sign back by filing for it through the Vanity System, if it has not been reissued.
We offer a fast and much easier method of getting your license renewed or address change updated with the FCC. We accept applications for address changes anytime.
Renewals may only be submitted to us on our web site 90 days in advance of the expiration date. If an application is filed before the 90 window we will hold the application and will file it for you within the 90 day window when your expiration date becomes available.
FCC License Search: http://wireless2.fcc.gov/UlsApp/UlsSearch/searchLicense.jsp
FCC Application Search: https://wireless2.fcc.gov/UlsApp/ApplicationSearch/searchAppl.jsp
FCC Pay Fees Site: https://apps.fcc.gov/cores/paymentFrnLogin.do
NVVEC Form 605 : 2022 NCVEC 605