One of the conditions of our
Free Amateur Radio licence is that it must be validated at least once
every 5 years.
According to Ofcom (December
2015), an amazing 47% of amateur radio licences had not been validated
by the end of 2013 and so towards the end of 2015 Ofcom began writing
to those licensees advising them that, after due process, their
licence may be revoked and will cost £20 to re-apply for your licence
to be able to continue operating.
relevant part of the licence is as follows:
Note (i): “In order to avoid
the Licence being revoked, by no later than five years after the date
of issue of this Licence, the Licensee must either notify Ofcom of a
change of the Licensee’s details in Section 1 of the Licence or confirm to Ofcom that the
details set out in Section 1 of the Licence are still valid. Unless
the Licensee makes a further notification or confirmation to Ofcom once every five years from the last date of notification or
confirmation, then the Licence will be revoked.”
The process to "revalidate" is very
straightforward and once your Ofcom account is registered,
validation will only take a few minutes online to
Revocation of your Licence
The process of revocation is
clearly set out .. such that Ofcom MUST :-
Notify the licensee of the reasons for which it proposes to revoke the
Specify a period in which the licensee may make representations; *
Decide whether or not to revoke the licence within one month of the
end of that period .. and :- *
Notify you of its decision within a week of making it.
to this whole process is that if you have NOT advised Ofcom of any
change to your present station address (i.e. new address since you moved house) or change
to your current email address, then any attempt by Ofcom to execute
their process and make contact with you requiring a response .. will
trigger Ofcom to move your callsign on to the list to be revoked.
that is that if Ofcom do not have your correct station and email
address you will never know if/when your licence has been revoked and
that you are no longer licensed.
illegally, you could be subject to up to 6 months in prison plus a
fine of up to £5,000
This will take you to the
Ofcom Amateur and Ships Licensing Radio Portal.
If you have never created an
account to manage your callsign with Ofcom, then click on New Customer
Do this first, it is quick and
easy and it is FREE, and it should take no more than 5 minutes.
(If you do not have
online facilities then ring Ofcom direct on 0300 123 1000 or
020 7981 3131 You will find them very helpful.)
If you have previously registered
and are just looking to validate
your callsign, take the next option to
Log-in/Register for Existing Customers
using your email address and password.
You will now be presented with the
Ofcom Licensing Dashboard.
The page is now in three columns
:- Personal Details, My Licences
and My Contact Types
The action command is at the
foot of each column to :-
1/ Edit and Manage
2/ View my Licences
or Apply for a new Licence
3/ Manage my Contact
When editing is complete (if
required) then click on Verify my Details (above the centre column)
Providing your name and address
are correct and complete, click on CONFIRM and your validations is complete.
You will then be returned to your dashboard and you will see your last validation
time and date are now updated to a few seconds earlier !
forget to do this every time you change your station address or email
with no changes,validate it at any time up to every 5
Finally .. any problems, ring Ofcom direct on 0300 123
1000 or 020 7981 3131 and ask for Amateur Licensing Dept,
they will be happy to help you.