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Other Notes on NCVEC Form 605 (page 2):
Details on each license class, plus exam accomodations for disabled examinees, are noted elsewhere in this bulletin/message thread. Other
items on the form include:
1) Contacting The FCC:
Should you have questions, you can contact the FCC, toll free, at 1-877-480-3201 (Monday through Friday, except for Federal Holidays,
during regular business hours, U.S. Eastern Time), or visit the FCC
website at www.fcc.gov/wireless/bureau-divisions/mobility-division/ amateur-radio-service (this URL is all on one line). Note that they
can NOT be contacted during a Government Shutdown.
2) The FCC Form 605 Versus the NCVEC Form 605:
The FCC Form 605 is NOT used at a license exam session...one MUST
use the NCVEC Form 605. Also, one may NOT apply for a vanity callsign
at a license exam session...this is done at the FCC ULS website...see
elsewhere in this bulletin/message thread for details.
3) FCC Basic Qualification Question:
Effective August 21, 2017, all applicants MUST answer YES or NO to
whether or not they have been convicted of a felony in a State or
This item enables the FCC to determine whether an applicant is
eligible under §§ 310(d) and 308(b) of the Communications Act of
1934, as amended, to hold or have ownership interest in a station
Applications are required to answer the question only if:
A) They are filing NCVEC or FCC form 605 for one of the following
purposes -- New, Amendment, Modification (Upgrade or Callsign
Change), or Renewal/Modification), and
B) The answer has changed from the answer previously provided (it
was originally NO, but is now YES).
Applicants using NCVEC or FCC Form 605 for any other purpose are
NOT required to answer the question. Again, note that the FCC form 605
is NOT used at a license exam session.
3) FCC Basic Qualification Question Instructions and Procedures
when answering "YES":
If the answer to this question is YES, the applicant MUST submit to
the FCC, within 14 days of submitting the application, an exhibit, a
statement explaining the circumstances, and a statement explaining why
the applicant believes that grant of the license application would be
in the publlic interest, notwithstanding the actual or alleged
If the applicant responds YES to this question, and has PREVIOUSLY
provided a statement and explanation regarding the circumstances as
an attachment to a prior application filed in the FCC ULS, and the
facts and circumstances are UNCHANGED, the applicant may refer to the
previous application, by identifying the application file number, and indicating the disposition of the prior application. You can find your
FCC Application File Number at:
Applicants can send the explanation and the application file number
via email to email@example.com (recommended for quicker delivery), or
via Postal Mail to FCC, 1270 Fairfield Road, Gettsyburg, PA 17325-7245.
If the applicant fails to provide such data within 14 days of the
submission of the license application, it will be dismissed without
action (as if they never did take the license exam). The applicant
MUST submit this to the FCC -- and NOT to the VE Team, or to the VEC.
The applicant MUST provide sufficient information for the FCC to
determine whether there exists any material and substantial question of
fact, regarding whether the applicant has the character qualifications
to be a Commission licensee.
There is no "checklist" of items, but useful information includes:
* A detailed description of the conduct that resulted in the conviction
or guilty plea, including time and place.
* The date of the conviction or guilty plea.
* The punishment that was imposed, and whether the sentence has been
completed; or the applicant is still under any restriction or
condition, resulting from the conviction or guilty plea.
* Any efforts taken to remedy the wrongs committed, and ensure that the
applicant will not engage in such conduct in the future.
The applicant may request CONFIDENTIAL TREATMENT, so that the
explanation is NOT publicly viewable in the FCC ULS. However, in
order to seek CONFIDENTIAL TREATMENT, the request must contain a
statement of the reasons for the request, and identify the portion(s)
of the response, for which CONFIDENTIAL TREATMENT is requested. It is
NOT SUFFICIENT to simply mark a document as CONFIDENTIAL.
All attachments, confidental or non-confidential, should be
accompanied by an application file number, to ensure that the
explanation is attached to the proper filing.
Note that if the applicant commits perjury (lies under the oath from
their signature on the form) about "The Felony Question", they're likely
to be in worse shape with the FCC, than if they had been truthful the
A "YES" response is NOT an automatic dismissal of the license grant application. The FCC will make the decision on whether or not the
felony conviction gives the applicant "a character issue". While ham
radio operators are "self-policing", we obviously don't want or need
certain individuals to be licensed.
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