Benicia Amateur Radio Club

Social Security Number or FRN Number?

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Some people are rightfully opposed to using their Social Security Number on Applications. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requires either your Social Security Number (SSN) or a FCC Registration Number (FRN) in order to issue a Radio License. These instructions will show you how to obtain an FRN prior to test day.

Part 1:  Establish FCC Username account

  1. Go to and click on REGISTER in the Need a Username? box.
  2. Fill in the requested information:
    • Username (your email address)
    • Password (12-15 characters)
    • Name
    • Secondary email address (optional)
    • Phone number
    • Security question and answer
  3. Click on Create Account.  Watch your email for a message with the subject FCC Account Request Verification and click on the link in the message to validate your new account.

Part 2: Register for new FRN

  1. Go to and fill in your username and password in the Username Login box and click LOG IN.
  2. Click on Register new FRN.
    • Check boxes to indicate an individual with a contact address in the US, then click CONTINUE.
    • Check box to proceed with a CORES FRN Registration and click CONTINUE.
    • Fill in the requested information (including SSN) and click SUBMIT.
  3. If successful, you will get this message: “Thank you for registering with the FCC. As of today, Feb XX 2019 XX:XXPM, you have been assigned the following FCC Registration Number (FRN): 0XXXXXXXXX. Please print this page for your records.
  4. Bring a copy of the page printed in the previous step to the testing session.

If you have an FRN but don’t remember it:

Go to and click on SEARCH. Then in the FRN dropdown menu select Last Name and enter your Last Name and click SEARCH. Use Advanced Search if you have a common name.

Updated February 2019