The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requires some vessels equipped with VHF radios to have a Ship Station License.
- As of 1996, most recreational vessels no longer need a FCC license if operating domestically. “Domestically” means not traveling to foreign ports or transmitting to foreign stations, including Mexico.
- Recreational vessels still required to carry a FCC Ship Station License are power-driven vessels over 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 1-888-225-5322
- On the Internet, go to the FCC website at http://wireless.fcc.gov/marine