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FCC 1.10009
Revised as of September 1, 2021
Goto Year:2020 | 2022
  §  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 MyIBFS.

   (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 electronic submission of payment online form
   through MyIBFS, in association with a filed application, and the system
   will automatically enter your required fee on the form.

   (2)(i) A complete FCC electronic submission of payment online form must
   accompany all fee payments. You must provide the FRN for both the
   applicant and the payer. You also must include your International
   Bureau (IB) submission ID number on the electronic submission of
   payment online form 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 electronic submission of payment online form. (This may
   require the use of multiple rows on the electronic submission of
   payment online form for a single application where more than one call
   sign is involved.)

   (ii) You can generate a pre-filled FCC electronic submission of payment
   online form from MyIBFS using your IB submission ID. For specific
   instructions on using MyIBFS to generate your FCC electronic submission
   of payment online form, go to the MyIBFS website
   ( and click on the “Getting Started”

   (3) You have 3 payment options:

   (i) Pay by credit card (through MyIBFS);

   (ii) Pay by online Automatic Clearing House (ACH) payment; or

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

   (4) You must electronically submit payment on the date you file your
   application in MyIBFS. If not, we will dismiss your application.

   (5) For more information on fee payments, refer to Payment Instructions
   found on the MyIBFS internet site at,
   under the Using IBFS link.

   [ 73 FR 9029 , Feb. 19, 2008, as amended at  85 FR 17284 , Mar. 27, 2020]


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