GMDSS Radio Operator’s License

GMDSS Radio Operator’s License

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The GMDSS Radio Operator’s License qualifies the holder to operate, and make some basic equipment adjustments to, Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) radio installations. It also confers the operating authority of the Marine Radio Operator Permit.


To qualify for a GMDSS Radio Operator’s License you must:

Term of License

A GMDSS Radio Operator’s License is issued for the holder’s lifetime.

Add Elements 1 & 7 to your cart

Enroll in Elements 1 & 7

  • Add Elements 1 & 7 to your cart, view the cart, and proceed to checkout
  • You are enrolled in the course
  • You receive three emails:
    • username and password for the website shopping cart
    • username and password for the online classroom
    • a receipt for the purchase

Complete Elements 1 & 7

The steps below apply to each Element. You will take the final exams one at a time, no need to take all exams in one session.

  • Study the question pool
  • Complete the final practice quiz with a 90% or higher and unlock the final exam section
  • Call (866) 293-9308 or email to schedule your final exam Web Conference
  • During the Web Conference your instructor:
    • Checks your identity
    • Administers the Final Exam
    • Files your Proof of Passing Certificate
    • Emails you a simple form to gather your information so we can submit your license application

Get your GMDSS Radio Operator’s License Official Copy

  • We submit your application to the FCC and it is processed the same day
  • You login to the FCC’s website and download the official copy of your license