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 Canada.
- Recreational vessels that are still required to carry a FCC Ship Station License include power-driven vessels over 65.6 feet (20 meters) in length and any vessel on an international voyage. For FCC information, call 1-888-225-5322 or go to http://wireless.fcc.gov/marine on the Internet.