Sec. 13.7 Classification of operator licenses and endorsements.
(a) Commercial radio operator licenses issued by the FCC are
classified in accordance with the Radio Regulations of the ITU.
(b) There are nine types of commercial radio operator licenses,
certificates and permits (licenses). The license's ITU classification,
if different from its name, is given in parenthesis.
(1) First Class Radiotelegraph Operator's Certificate.
(2) Second Class Radiotelegraph Operator's Certificate.
(3) Third Class Radiotelegraph Operator's Certificate
(radiotelegraph operator's special certificate).
(4) General Radiotelephone Operator License (radiotelephone
operator's general certificate).
(5) Marine Radio Operator Permit (radiotelephone operator's
(6) Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permit (radiotelephone
operator's restricted certificate).
(7) Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permit-Limited Use
(radiotelephone operator's restricted certificate).
(8) GMDSS Radio Operator's License (general operator's certificate).
(9) GMDSS Radio Maintainer's License (technical portion of the
first-class radio electronic certificate).
(c) There are six license endorsements affixed by the FCC to provide
special authorizations or restrictions. Endorsements may be affixed to
the license(s) indicated in parenthesis.
(1) Ship Radar Endorsement (First and Second Class Radiotelegraph
Operator's Certificates, General Radiotelephone Operator License, GMDSS
Radio Maintainer's License).
(2) Six Months Service Endorsement (First and Second Class
Radiotelegraph Operator's License).
(3) Restrictive endorsements relating to physical handicaps, English
language or literacy waivers, or other matters (all licenses).
(4) Marine Radio Operator Permits shall bear the following
endorsement: This permit does not authorize the operation of AM, FM or
TV broadcast stations.
(5) General Radiotelephone Operator Licenses issued after December
31, 1985, shall bear the following endorsement: This license confers
authority to operate licensed radio stations in the Aviation, Marine and
International Fixed Public Radio Services only. This authority is
subject to: any endorsement placed upon this license; FCC orders, rules,
and regulations; United States statutes; and the provisions of any
treaties to which the United States is a party. This license does not
confer any authority to operate broadcast stations. It is not assignable
(6)(i) If a person is afflicted with an uncorrected physical
handicap which would clearly prevent the performance of all or any part
of the duties of a radio operator, under the license for which
application is made, at a station under emergency conditions involving
the safety of life or property, that person still may be issued the
license if found qualified. Such a license shall bear a restrictive
endorsement as follows:
This license is not valid for the performance of any operating
duties, other than installation, service and maintenance duties, at any
station licensed by the FCC which is required, directly or indirectly,
by any treaty, statute or rule or regulation pursuant to statute, to be
provided for safety purposes.
(ii) In the case of a license that does not require an examination
in technical radio matters, the endorsement specified in paragraph
(c)(6)(i) of this section will be modified by deleting the reference
therein to installation, service, and maintenance duties.
(iii) In any case where an applicant who normally would receive or
has received a commercial radio operator license bearing the endorsement
prescribed by paragraph (c)(6)(i) of this section, indicates a desire to
operate a station falling within the prohibited terms of the
endorsement, the applicant may request in writing that such endorsement
not be placed upon, or be removed from his or her license, and may
submit written comments or statements from other parties in support
(iv) An applicant who shows that he has performed satisfactorily the
duties of a radio operator at a station required to be provided for
safety purposes during a period when he or she was afflicted by
uncorrected physical handicaps of the same kind and to the same degree
as the physical handicaps shown by his or her current application shall
not be deemed to be within the provisions of paragraph (c)(6)(i) of this
(d) A Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permit-Limited Use issued
by the FCC to an aircraft pilot who is not legally eligible for
employment in the United States is valid only for operating radio
stations on aircraft.
(e) A Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permit-Limited Use issued
by the FCC to a person under the provision of Section 303(1)(2) of the
Communications Act of 1934, as amended, is valid only for the operation
of radio stations for which that person is the station licensee.
[ 58 FR 9124 , Feb. 19, 1993; 58 FR 12632 , Mar. 5, 1993]
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