Wirral & District Amateur Radio Club

Validating your callsign

 

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.

The 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 complete.

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 licence;
* 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.

Now, critical 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 fail. 

This will trigger Ofcom to move your callsign on to the list to be revoked.

Worse than that is that if Ofcom do not have your correct station and email address you will never know if/when your licence has been revoked and that you are no longer licensed. 

Operating illegally, you could be subject to up to 6 months in prison plus a fine of up to £5,000

How to 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 10 minutes.

To create an account, or logon to your existing account go to  https://services.ofcom.org.uk

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 which apply.

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) under "Actions".

If you are just revalidating your licence always remember to check your account details (left menu) and 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.

 

Page Updated 12th December 2015