Become a registered user in the RRF

To get a licence, or a radio operator's certificate, you must be a legal entity and a registered user in the Register of Radio Frequencies (RRF).

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What registered users can do

Registered users can apply for the following in the RRF:

  • licence to transmit radio waves
  • licence to supply radio transmitters
  • radio operator's Certificate of Competency to operate amateur or maritime radio equipment
  • amateur or maritime radio callsign
  • lodge a mortgage or caveat.

You can search the RRF anytime without the need to be a registered user.

Check whether you're a legal entity

Check if you meet the requirements of a legal entity: Legal entities for the purposes of the Radiocommunications Act 1989 (PIB47)

How to become a registered user

You need to complete and submit a request to become a client in the RRF. You can do this yourself, or choose one of the following options:

  • if you want a licence, ask an Approved Radio Engineer (ARE), Certifier (ARC), to set you up and apply for a licence on your behalf
  • If you want to sit the radio operator's examination and get a callsign, ask an Approved Radio Examiner (ARX)
  • if you want a Licence to Supply Radio Transmitters, ask RSM.

There may be a fee charged by the approved person working on your behalf.

If you're an overseas individual or organisation, you must provide:

  • your New Zealand business address. This is the address that your business operates from.
  • the name and address of your New Zealand contact person. This could be an existing contact you have in New Zealand, or an Approved Person.

We'll contact you if you haven’t given us enough information.

Once you submit the form, we will set you up as a registered user. It can take up to five days for your application to be processed.

We'll send you an email with your activation code once your application has been processed. You can then setup your username and password to transact in the Register.

Your details are saved in the RRF.

To get a radio or spectrum licence

Complete and submit the relevant request form for you or your business, or find an approved person to do this for you.

Request to become a client of the RRF – individual

Request to become a client of the RRF – organisation

Find an ARE or ARC

To get a licence to supply radio transmitting equipment

Complete and submit the relevant request form for you or your business, or contact us to do this for you.

Register as an organisation to supply radio transmitters

Register as an individual to supply radio transmitters

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Get a certificate of competency or callsign

Complete and submit the relevant request form for you or your business, or find an ARX to do this for you.

Request to become a client of the RRF – individual

Request to become a client of the RRF – organisation

Find an ARX

Once we've processed your application, we’ll email you an activation code to set up your username and password. This can take up to 5 days.

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Activate your account

I need an activation code

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