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FCC 1.10009
Revised as of October 1, 2014
Goto Year:2013 | 2015
§ 1.10009   What are the steps for electronic filing?

   (a) Step 1: Register for an FCC Registration Number (FRN). (See subpart
   W, § § 1.8001 through 1.8004.)

   (1) If you already have an FRN, go to Step 2.

   (2) In order to process your electronic application, you must have an
   FRN. You may obtain an FRN either directly from the Commission
   Registration System (CORES) at, or through
   IBFS as part of your filing process. If you need to know more about who
   needs an FRN, visit CORES at

   (3) If you are a(n):

   (i) Applicant,

   (ii) Transferee and assignee,

   (iii) Transferor and assignor,

   (iv) Licensee/Authorization Holder, or

   (v) Payer, you are required to have and use an FRN when filing
   applications and/or paying fees through IBFS.

   (4) We use your FRN to give you secured access to IBFS and to pre-fill
   the application you file.

   (b) Step 2: Register with IBFS.

   (1) If you are already registered with IBFS, go to Step 3.

   (2) In order to complete and file your electronic application, you must
   register in IBFS, located at

   (3) You can register your account in:

   (i) Your name,

   (ii) Your company's name, or

   (iii) Your client's name.

   (4) IBFS will issue you an account number as part of the registration
   process. You will create your own password.

   (5) If you forget your password, send an e-mail to the IBFS helpline at or contact the helpline at (202) 418-2222 for

   (c) Step 3: Log into IBFS, select the application you want to file,
   provide the required FRN(s) and password(s) and fill out your
   application. You must completely fill out forms and provide all
   requested information as provided in parts 1, 25, 63 and 64 of this

   (1) You must provide an address where you can receive mail delivery by
   the United States Postal Service. You are also encouraged to provide an
   e-mail address. This information is used to contact you regarding your
   application and to request additional documentation, if necessary.

   (2) Reference to material on file. You must answer questions on
   application forms that call for specific technical data, or that
   require yes or no answers or other short answers. However, if documents
   or other lengthy showings are already on file with us and contain the
   required information, you may incorporate the information by reference,
   as long as:

   (i) The referenced information is filed in IBFS or, if manually filed,
   the information is more than one "81/2 inch by 11 inch" page.

   (ii) The referenced information is current and accurate in all material
   respects; and

   (iii) The application states where we can find the referenced
   information as well as:

   (A) The application file number, if the reference is to
   previously-filed applications

   (B) The title of the proceeding, the docket number, and any legal
   citation, if the reference is to a docketed proceeding.

   (d) Step 4: File your application. If you file your application
   successfully through IBFS, a confirmation screen will appear showing
   you the date and time of your filing and your submission ID. Print this
   verification for your records as proof of online filing.

   (e) Step 5: Pay for your application.

   (1) Most applications require that you pay a fee to us before we can
   begin processing your application. You can determine the amount of your
   fee in three ways:

   (i) You can refer to § 1.1107,

   (ii) You can refer to the International and Satellite Services fee
   guide located at, or

   (iii) You can run a draft Form 159 through IBFS, in association with a
   filed application, and the system will automatically enter your
   required fee on the form.

   (2) A complete FCC Form 159 must accompany all fee payments. You must
   provide the FRN for both the applicant and the payer. You also must
   include your IBFS Submission ID number on your FCC Form 159 in the box
   labeled "FCC Code 2." In addition, for applications for transfer of
   control or assignment of license, call signs involved in the
   transaction must be entered into the "FCC Code 1" box on the FCC Form
   159. (This may require the use of multiple rows on the FCC Form 159 for
   a single application where more than one call sign is involved.)

   (i) You may use a paper version of FCC Form 159, or

   (ii) You can generate a pre-filled FCC Form 159 from IBFS using your
   IBFS Submission ID. For specific instructions on using IBFS to generate
   your FCC Form 159, go to the IBFS Web site (
   and click on the "Getting Started" button.

   (3) You have 3 payment options:

   (i) Pay by credit card (through IBFS or by regular mail),

   (ii) Pay by check, bank draft or money order, or

   (iii) Pay by wire transfer or other electronic payments.

   (4) You have 14 calendar days from the date you file your application
   in IBFS to submit your fee payment to U.S. Bank. Your FCC Form 159 must
   be stamped "received" by U.S. Bank by the 14th day. If not, we will
   dismiss your application.

   (5) If you send your Form 159 and payment to U.S. Bank in paper form,
   you should mail your completed Form 159 and payment to the address
   specified in § 1.1107 of the Commission's rules. If you file
   electronically, do not send copies of your application with your
   payment and Form 159.

   (6) For more information on fee payments, refer to Payment Instructions
   found on the IBFS Internet site at

   (7) Step 5 is not applicable if your application is fee exempt.

   [ 73 FR 9029 , Feb. 19, 2008]

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