On Friday, May 27th, the FCC issued a Public Notice announcing that the Legacy Commission Registration System (Legacy CORES) – currently used to obtain and update FRNs for individuals, licensees and other entities doing business with the FCC – would be decommissioned on Friday, July 15th, 2022 at 6pm. After that time, the current Commission Registration System (CORES2)- which has been available for use since 2016 – will be the only system available for obtaining and maintaining an FRN and will be used for all FRN-related transactions.  Users who have not already obtained a username and password in CORES2, will need to register with in CORES2 before July 15th to gain online access and manage their FRNs.

The Commission will continue to allow access to other Commission systems, including CORES2, using the FRN and password established in Legacy CORES. However, Users will be required to obtain a username and password through the FCC User Registration System as the Commission continues to update their systems. Once a CORES2 username and password are obtained, users may associate their FRNs with their CORES2 usernames.

For users with outstanding fees, the transition of that fee data to CORES2 will be staggered. Annual Regulatory Fees will transition on July 15th, 2022; Red Light Status Detail will transition August 5th, 2022; Universal Licensing System Payments will transition August 26th, 2022, and Application Fee Payments will transition November 18th, 2022.

For users who are not already registered in CORES2 and need assistance preparing for this transition, contact your Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth attorney.