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address you will never know if/when your licence has been revoked and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
validate your licence
Go to the Ofcom website and create an account to manage your
callsign. If you have never done this then you can create an
account quickly and easily online now and it is FREE. It should take no more than
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 already registered
and just need to validate your callsign, login with your email
address and password. If you have any problems logging into
Ofcom then ring them on one of the numbers above and they will gladly
sort out the problem for you. Once you are in, do check that
"Your Details" (left hand menu) are correct .. if not click on "Amend
Licence Details" right hand side under "Actions" and make any changes
If it’s your first time on the
Ofcom website then click on "Register as a new individual user"
(see panel below) and complete the registration form.
Before you do, you will need
to add details of your current licence by adding your licence number
from the paper copy of your licence .. so dig out this information first.
The opening screen should look
like this .. so click on "Register as a new individual user"
and fill in your details.
Remember to keep a note of your
Ofcom username and password, as you’ll need it every time you need to
log-on to your account.
Once the account is open, click
on "validate" from the menu on the right hand side (See panel below)
If you are just revalidating
your licence always remember to check your account details (left menu)
make sure (Name, Main station Address, and email address etc) are
all correct. If they
are, press “My licence details are correct”
and then "revalidate".
You should get a message
confirming that the licence has been validated, and against your
licence the next validation date reflecting that you have 5 years until
you need to repeat the process!
Lastly, you can validate your licence any time during the 5 year period and it
is recommended for safety to repeat the process every 2/3 years AND
remember to amend any changes to your station address and email
addresses promptly .. this is very important.
Finally .. any problems
ring Ofcom direct on 0300 123
1000 or 020 7981 3131 they will be happy to help you.