Amateur radio licensing: consultation on reform proposals

  • Start: 26 May 2005
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 18 August 2005

This Ofcom statement sets out our new approach to the licensing of amateur radio. It follows on from Ofcom’s consultation on amateur radio licensing that was launched on 26 May 2005.

As a result of the consultation, Ofcom has decided to implement the following reforms:

  • To issue lifetime amateur radio licences which will remain valid for as long as the licence details remain correct or until such time as the licence is either revoked by Ofcom or surrendered by the licensee. There shall be no end date on the amateur radio licence. Such licences will be personal to the licensee and will not be transferable.
  • To provide an online, web-based, self-service licensing service as an alternative to the postal service.
  • To issue electronic licences (probably PDF® documents) to users of the online, web-based, self-service licensing service. Users of this service would print a hard copy of the licence which must be kept at the main station address.
  • To continue to make paper licences available (but subject to a small administrative charge).
  • To modify the original proposal by requiring licensees to validate their licence details at least once every five years in order to maintain their lifetime licence.

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