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http://www.fcc.gov/ - general site
Now the fun of registering with the FCC. I used Captain Marti Brown's book Marine SSB Radio For "Idi-Yachts" to guide me through the licensing online. BUY this book! Nothing else I have read during my research made the licensing process as clear.
Step #1 Register with the FCC's Universal Licensing System - get a number and password
Step #2 Apply for Ship Station License and pay the fee $100
Step #3 Apply for Restricted Radio License and pay the fee $60
Easy, right? For the most part it was but I did have a bit of a search on the web site to find what I needed. And I ended up calling the FCC twice to ask what I should or shouldn't be checking on the ships station license. Both times I got right through to Dixie. She was super helpful, nice and patience. I got all the steps completed, printed off the confirmation numbers and then figured I would have to wait until at least Monday at the earliest to get my assigned licenses. This is the government after all. I logged on this morning just for fun and much to my surprise, we now have an official Ships Station License with FCC issued MMSI number and a Restricted Radio Operators License. Woo Hoo! Official at last. Now we will get the new MMSI number programmed into the VHF and we can check all those items off the TO DO LIST.