$35 Amateur/GMRS radio fees

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M Rose

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I will look that up!
Tests are administered outside of the FCC, by VE's.
The U.S. Amateur Radio License program is administered by the FCC.

Other than that, I was being facetious in my answer about the black hole where the money goes.
Section 36: Paragraph 64 of Schedule of Application Fees of the Commission's Rules
[64] While we appreciate the commenters' diligent advocacy for their service, we remind them that the Commission does not have discretion on how to use application fees, which must be deposited in the U.S. Treasury.”

The new $35.00 fee goes into effect April 19,2021 for both GMRS and Amateur Radio.
 
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M Rose

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I received the fallowing from the ARRL VEC team:


$35 FCC application fee in the Federal Register - does NOT take effect yet.

The final rule change was published in the Federal Register today March 19, 2021: Federal Register -schedule-of-application-fees-of-the-commissions-rules

Even though the document has an effective date of April 19, the Amateur Radio fees will not yet be required.
The fee changes outlined in this order will nottake effect until the requisite notice has beenprovided to Congress, the FCC’s informationtechnology systems and internal procedures havebeen updated, and the Commission publishesnotice(s) in the Federal Register announcing theeffective date. This will most likely be in thesummer.


The following application types will be subjected to the fee when the rule finally takes effect.

New, Modification (Upgrade and Sequential call sign change), Renewal, and Vanity callsign requests will be subjected to the $35 application fee. There will be no fee for Administrative Updates (email or mailing address changes, name changes).

The instructions on the FCC Fee Schedule are for the applicant to pay application fees directly to FCC via the License Manager System or Fee Filer System. VECs and VE teams will not have to collect the $35 fee at the session.

The ARRL VEC exam fee will remain at $15.
When the FCC application fee eventually takes effect, new and upgrade applicants will pay the $15 exam session fee to the VE team as usual and then pay the $35 application fee directly to the FCC.
 

M Rose

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Still $70 as of today too
If you read up one post and fallow my link, you would see that the fee change won’t be implemented until mid summer at the soonest. There are still several key things that have to be done before the fees will change...
 

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Well 6 years ago I was very big into Large Scale RC aircraft... then the FFA said I had to register my aircraft... no big deal... the next year they mad a law that also required me to get a pilot license to be able to fly my aircraft along with a heftier registration fee because the aircraft I flew ranges between 75 and 150lbs. Now mind you I flew on my own private property, so it shouldn’t have been a big deal... but then I had to get my runway certified... all of this drove me out of the hobby.

Now how does this pertain to Amateur Radio... coming up with $15.00 for a test is hard enough on my income... now raise that up to $35.00 there is now where for me to pull that money from...

Its worse than most people think. As a VE for Ham testing we have been instructed that the $35.00 is a fee that is in addition to the amounts we are used to. Ham testing will now be $15 for the testing fee and an additional $35 for the filing fee. That would indicate to me that for GMRS the fee wasnt cut in half but actually will remain $70 with an additional $35 filing fee for a total of $105.00. Elections have consequences.
 

M Rose

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Its worse than most people think. As a VE for Ham testing we have been instructed that the $35.00 is a fee that is in addition to the amounts we are used to. Ham testing will now be $15 for the testing fee and an additional $35 for the filing fee. That would indicate to me that for GMRS the fee wasnt cut in half but actually will remain $70 with an additional $35 filing fee for a total of $105.00. Elections have consequences.
No the GMRS fee is currently paid to the Department of Treasury. And it is specifically stated in the amendments referenced earlier in this thread that the GMRS fee is reduced to from $75.00 to $35.

Yes it’s going to cost $50.00 to get your technician license once all the fees are imposed. VEs will still charge their current fees. Then once the applicant passes the exam they will have to pay the Department of Treasury the other$35.00.

I too am a VE as well as the President of our local club. I have had several talks with David Minster (NA2AA) who is the CEO of the ARRL and is the liaison between the ARRL and congress.
 
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