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§ 13.9 Eligibility and application for new license or endorsement.
(a) If found qualified, the following persons are eligible to apply for
commercial radio operator licenses:
(1) Any person legally eligible for employment in the United States.
(2) Any person, for the purpose of operating aircraft radio stations,
(i) United States pilot certificates; or
(ii) Foreign aircraft pilot certificates which are valid in the United
States, if the foreign government involved has entered into a
reciprocal agreement under which such foreign government does not
impose any similar requirement relating to eligibility for employment
upon United States citizens.
(3) Any person who holds a FCC radio station license, for the purpose
of operating that station.
(4) Notwithstanding any other provisions of the FCC's rules, no person
shall be eligible to be issued a commercial radio operator license when
(i) The person's commercial radio operator license is suspended, or
(ii) The person's commercial radio operator license is the subject of
an ongoing suspension proceeding, or
(iii) The person is afflicted with complete deafness or complete
muteness or complete inability for any other reason to transmit
correctly and to receive correctly by telephone spoken messages in
(b)(1) Each application for a new General Radiotelephone Operator
License, Marine Radio Operator Permit, First Class Radiotelegraph
Operator's Certificate, Second Class Radiotelegraph Operator's
Certificate, Third Class Radiotelegraph Operator's Certificate, Ship
Radar Endorsement, Six Months Service Endorsement, GMDSS Radio
Operator's License, Restricted GMDSS Radio Operator's License, GMDSS
Radio Maintainer's License and GMDSS Radio Operator/Maintainer License
must be filed on FCC Form 605 in accordance with § 1.913 of this
(2) Each application for a Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permit or
a Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permit-Limited Use must be filed
on FCC Form 605 in accordance with § 1.913 of this chapter.
(c) Each application for a new General Radiotelephone Operator License,
Marine Radio Operator Permit, First Class Radiotelegraph Operator's
Certificate, Second Class Radiotelegraph Operator's Certificate, Third
Class Radiotelegraph Operator's Certificate, Ship Radar Endorsement,
GMDSS Radio Operator's License, Restricted GMDSS Radio Operator's
License, GMDSS Radio Maintainer's License, or GMDSS Radio
Operator/Maintainer License must be accompanied by the required fee, if
any, and submitted in accordance with § 1.913 of this chapter. The
application must include an original PPC(s) from a COLEM(s) showing
that the applicant has passed the necessary examination element(s)
within the previous 365 days when the applicant files the application.
If a COLEM files the application electronically on behalf of the
applicant an original PPC(s) is not required. However, the COLEM must
keep the PPC(s) on file for a period of 1 year.
(d) An applicant will be given credit for an examination element as
(1) An unexpired (or within the grace period) FCC-issued commercial
radio operator license: The written examination and telegraphy
Element(s) required to obtain the license held; and
(2) An expired or unexpired FCC-issued Amateur Extra Class operator
license grant granted before April 15, 2000: Telegraphy Elements 1 and
(e) Provided that a person's commercial radio operator license was not
revoked, or suspended, and is not the subject of an ongoing suspension
proceeding, a person whose application for a commercial radio operator
license has been received by the FCC but which has not yet been acted
upon and who holds a PPC(s) indicating that he or she passed the
necessary examination(s) within the previous 365 days, is authorized to
exercise the rights and privileges of the operator license for which
the application was received. This authority is valid for a period of
90 days from the date the application was received. The FCC, in its
discretion, may cancel this temporary conditional operating authority
without a hearing.
(f) Each application for a new six months service endorsement must be
submitted in accordance with § 1.913 of this chapter. The application
must include documentation showing that:
(1) The applicant was employed as a radio operator on board a ship or
ships of the United States for a period totaling at least six months;
(2) The ships were equipped with a radio station complying with the
provisions of part II of title III of the Communications Act, or the
ships were owned and operated by the U.S. Government and equipped with
(3) The ships were in service during the applicable six month period
and no portion of any single in-port period included in the qualifying
six months period exceeded seven days;
(4) The applicant held a FCC-issued First or Second Class
Radiotelegraph Operator's Certificate during this entire six month
qualifying period; and
(5) The applicant holds a radio officer's license issued by the U.S.
Coast Guard at the time the six month endorsement is requested.
(g) No person shall alter, duplicate for fraudulent purposes, or
fraudulently obtain or attempt to obtain an operator license. No person
shall use a license issued to another or a license that he or she knows
to be altered, duplicated for fraudulent purposes, or fraudulently
obtained. No person shall obtain or attempt to obtain, or assist
another person to obtain or attempt to obtain, an operator license by
[ 58 FR 9124 , Feb. 19, 1993, as amended at 59 FR 3795 , Jan. 27, 1994; 60 FR 27699 , May 25, 1995; 63 FR 68942 , Dec. 14, 1998; 66 FR 20752 , Apr.
25, 2001; 68 FR 46958 , Aug. 7, 2003]
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