Some vessels equipped with VHF radios are required to have a Ship Station License by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
- As of 1996, most recreational vessels no longer need an FCC license if operating domestically. “Domestically” means not traveling to foreign ports or transmitting to foreign stations (including Canada).
- Recreational vessels that are still required to carry an FCC Ship Station License are powerboats more than 65.6 feet (20 meters) in length and any vessel on an international voyage.
For FCC Information
- Call the FCC for a recorded message at 1-800-322-1117
- On the Internet, go to the FCC website at http://wireless.fcc.gov/marine/