General Radiotelephone Operator License (PG)



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General Radiotelephone Operator License (PG)

A General Radiotelephone Operator License (PG) is required to adjust, maintain, or internally repair FCC licensed radiotelephone transmitters in the aviation, maritime, and international fixed public radio services. It conveys all of the operating authority of the MP. It is also required to operate the following:

  • any compulsorily equipped ship radiotelephone station operating with more than 1500 watts of peak envelope power.
  • voluntarily equipped ship and aeronautical (including aircraft) stations with more than 1000 watts of peak envelope power.

Complete the Course

Our recommendation is to take the General Radiotelephone Operator License (PG) Course one FCC Element at a time. Start with FCC Element 1 and test when you are ready. Then focus on FCC Element 3 and test when you are ready. You can purchase FCC Element 1 and FCC Element 3 individually in our shop to spread the cost of the course over two payments. Below is a detailed list of how to complete each element.

  1. Study the question pool.
  2. Pass the Final Practice Quiz with a 90% or higher to unlock the Final Exam.
  3. Create your FCC User Profile and get your FRN (FCC Registration Number)
  4. Contact us to schedule your Final Exam via Web Conference.
  5. During the Web Conference we:
    1. Verify your identity
    2. Administer the Final Exam
    3. Email you an online form to fill out
    4. Check the information provided for typos

Get your General Radiotelephone Operator License (PG) Official Copy

  1. We submit your application to the FCC.
  2. The FCC processes your application and sends you an email stating “The FCC Pay Fees System link below provides for electronic payment of required fees by credit card.”
  3. Pay the FCC a $35 fee and they issue your license.
  4. Download the official copy of your license from the FCC’s Website.


To qualify for a General Radiotelephone Operator License you must:

  • be a legal resident of (or otherwise eligible for employment in) the United States
  • be able to receive and transmit spoken messages in English
  • pass the FCC Elements 1 & 3 examination

Term of License

A General Radiotelephone Operator License is issued for the holder’s lifetime.