The ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) reports that the FCC
Universal Licensing System (ULS) electronic batch filing (EBF)
system has been down since midday Tuesday, April 19, 2022, which is
the day the FCC application fees became effective for amateur radio.
On Wednesday, in a notice to all VECs, the FCC asked them to refrain
from submitting any session or application files while they work to
resolve the issue.
ARRL VEC Manager Maria Somma, AB1FM, said the FCC did not estimate
how long the system would be down. Some applications were processed
through the system before the FCC notice was released to the VECs.
Applicants should expect delays with license and application
ARRL VEC will provide an update when the FCC communicates that the
filing system is back online.
ARRL Northwestern Division
Director: Michael T Ritz, W7VO