UK Amateur Licensing
The regulatory authority for UK Amateur Radio is Ofcom. Below are some useful links and information for accessing the amateur radio license information on the Ofcom website.
NOTE: The Ofcom Online License Service has been upgraded. Previous and new users should read the (re)registration instructions carefully (July-2016)
UK Amateur Radio Licence
- Licence Conditions: A sample copy is available here
- Online Licensing: Online Access and User Guide
- 2.3 GHz: Users should read this and register
Validity / Revalidation
Although the current amateur radio licence is known as a “licence for life”, all radio amateurs are required to revalidate their licence at least every five years. This requires every licence holder to contact Ofcom to confirm or update the details on the licence database.
The quickest way to revalidate is simply to access the licensing system online via the Ofcom website, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Ofcom will publish further information in due course, about how to do this in the new online system
This can be done at any time. If you need assistance in the process, Ofcom staff are available to help, but please be patient during times of heavy workload.
If you fail to revalidate, Ofcom may revoke your licence. Note that this can occur where you have failed to inform Ofcom of a change of contact information (thus preventing their reminders/notifications reaching you). Click for Ofcom’s notice regarding revocation.
Online issue/renewal for UK amateurs is free. However postal and other applications (including reinstating a lapsed licence) may incur a fee – See Applicable Fees
- Ofcom Amateur Radio – inc Forms, Guidance, FAQs etc
- Online Licensing Portal and User Guide
- Ofcom Sample License
- Ofcom Licensing Contact Information