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New users wishing to have access to the EchoLink® system will be asked to provide proof of license during the validation process.

The purpose of this request is usually not to determine whether the callsign is valid (that can often be checked elsewhere), but to verify that you are indeed the licensee -- in other words, to prove your identity.

If you decide you don't want to provide proof of license, no action is required on your part; your original validation request will be withdrawn automatically.  You can un-install the EchoLink software using the Add/Remove Programs applet in your Windows Control Panel.

Submitting Proof of License

If you wish to be validated, the document you send must be a photocopy (or digital photograph) of the Amateur license, showing the callsign under which you are requesting validation.  (An exception is for the United States, which has a special validation procedure; see below). The copy must clearly show the station license expiration date, if applicable in your country, and the document must not have expired.  If you live in a country where operator licenses and station licenses are separate documents, you must provide the station (or apparatus) license.  You must send an un-altered image of the document, not the text of its contents.  Unofficial documents, such as QSL cards, award certificates, and callbook pages cannot be accepted for validation.  We also cannot accept anything that was downloaded from a public Web site. If you have recently been licensed and have not yet received your documentation, please wait until it arrives.

Except in the U.S., the license copy may be sent to the EchoLink validation team by scanning it and uploading it, or by sending it as a fax.  Certain other validation options may also be available. Please go to the Validation page to begin.

If you choose the Scan and Upload option, the file you upload must be one of these file types: JPG, GIF, TIF, PDF, or PNG. Complete instructions on how to upload are provided on the Validation pages.

Acceptable Documents

License documents vary by country.  The table below shows the required document(s) for certain specific countries.  In each case, the documents must show both the callsign of the station and the name of the licensee.

Country Name of Document Issuer
Argentina Radioaficianado Argentino card (both sides) Secretaría de Comunicaciones de la Nación (SECOM)
Australia "Apparatus Licence" (showing the station callsign and expiration date) OR "Call sign certificate" OR "Letter of Confirmation", from ACMA. If you are providing an Apparatus Licence, we require a second form of identification, PROOF OF ID such as a CERTIFICATE OF PROFICIENCY, DRIVER'S LICENSE or similar. Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)
Austria Amateurfunkprufungszeugnis (Radio Amateur Certificate) and Bewilligungsdaten document showing callsign Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Innovation und Technologie (BMVIT)
Belgium Radioamateurvergunning/
Licence De Radioamateur/
Bosnia and Herzegovina Ovlastenje - Licenca Amaterskog Radio-Stanica Regulatorna agencija za komunikacije
Brazil Licença de Funcionamento de Estação 
(callsign must also appear in current ANATEL online database)
Agência Nacional de Telecomunicações (ANATEL)
Canada Amateur Radio Operator Certificate, Certificate of Proficiency, or Amateur Radio Club Call Sign Registration Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED)
China Document that has a document number starting with "XX.......", clearly showing callsign and expiry date, printed by the Chinese government. 我们需要看有一个文件编号开始以 的本文; XX ....... 明显地显示呼号和有效期限,打印由您的政府。
Finland Radioamatöörilupa Viestintävirasto Kommunikationsverket
France Station "Titre de perception" avec indicatif d'appel Agence Nationale des Frequences
Germany Zulassung zur Teilnahme am Amateurfunkdienst Bundesnetzagentur
India Amateur Wireless Telegraph Station Licence (and License Renewal document) Ministry of Communications
Mexico Certificado de aptitud y operación de la estación de aficionado Comisión Federal de Telecomunicaciones
Netherlands Registratiebewijs amateurvergunning (Radio Amateur Station Licence) Rijksinspectie Digitale Infrastructuur
Philippines Operator Certificate / Station License for Amateur Department of Transportation and Communication
Portugal Licença de Estação de Amador Nacional, Serviço Amador ANACOM
South Africa Radio Station Licence ICASA
South Korea
Spain Amateur Radio Licence
(Autorizacion Radioeléctrica de Aficionado)
El Secretaría de Estado de Telecomunicaciones
Sweden Tillstånd att använda amatörradioanläggningar Post & Telestyrelsen
Thailand License card National Telecommunications Commission
Turkey Amatör Telsizcilik Belgesi Kıyı Emniyeti Genel Müdürlüğü Telsiz İşletme Müdürlüğü
United Kingdom Page 1 of the "lifetime" Amateur Radio Licence document downloaded from the Ofcom Web site; Schedule to the Notice of Variation (for repeater callsigns only); Notice of Variation (MB7 callsigns only) Radiocommunications Agency (RA) or Office of Communications (Ofcom)
United States Amateur Radio License (see special instructions for downloading) Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
Venezuela Permisio de Operactiones del Servicio de Radioaficionados CONATEL
All other countries Amateur Radio Station Licence document, or equivalent Government of country of origin


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