This appeared on QRP-L over the weekend, in a post by Bruce N1RX:
"Here are the steps to download an official copy of your license (authorization). Go to the FCC ULS database at:
Log in with your FRN number and password by clicking on the "LOG IN" button, next to "ONLINE FILING".
After logging in, click on "Download Electronic Authorizations" in the left-hand column.
Enter your callsign and click search. Your license will appear in the left box titled "My Authorizations". Click the "ADD" button, to add it to the list of Authorizations to download.
Scroll to the bottom of the page, and click on the "DOWNLOAD" button in the lower right hand corner. Your computer should then prompt you to "open or save" the PDF file."
Following Bruce's steps will get you to the "Official Copy". If you just go to the ULS and do a simple search on your call, you will be able to print out a "Reference Copy". The "Official Copy" should be the one you hang on the wall and carry in your wallet.
Your FRN number (if you have one, and just about all of us should have one by now) can be found at the bottom of your license. If you've never registered online with FCC via the Universal Licensing System website, you'll be asked to set up a password. This, of course, will allow you to log on to your account in the future. If you've registered before, but forgot your password, you'll be asked a security question which you had previously set up. If you answer correctly, you will be allowed to reset your password.
It's not a hard process - just one more password in a virtual blizzard of passwords to remember these days. Not sure how much money this actually saves the FCC, but it is convenient and it takes away having to wait for an envelope to come through the mail. It was nice, however, to get your license on whatever color paper they happened to be using with the official FCC emblem on it in the background.
72 de Larry W2LJ
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