With this licence you can communicate using:

  • MF/HF, with or without VHF
  • VHF only operating remotely from a high point and linked back to a base.

Note: VHF-only coast stations are covered by the General User Radio Licence for Maritime Purposes .

This licence also covers the operation of all maritime radio equipment that you may have in your station.

You must get an Approved Radio Certifier (ARC) or Engineer (ARE) to apply for the licence on your behalf.

A callsign is only assigned for MF/HF coast stations.

$150.00 per year

Additional costs:

A radio operator’s examination fee, agreed between you and your ARX.

Operator qualifications

The radio operator must hold a valid maritime radio operator’s certificate to operate maritime radio equipment. To get this, contact an Approved Radio Examiner (ARX). They will offer you the examination.


With this licence you must:

Follow the technical parameters of the licence crafted for you, which includes operating:

  • on the correct frequency
  • up to the maximum allowed power
  • using the correct emission type
  • from a defined transmitting location.

Hold a valid Maritime radio operator’s certificate.

Not operate in a way that causes interference to other radio services.

Your equipment:

Must be compliant with the relevant radio standards and technical parameters for this licence.

Product compliance Gazette Notices

If you bought your equipment in New Zealand and it's:

  • labelled with an RSM approved RCM mark or R-NZ label, you can start using it immediately
  • not labelled with an RCM mark or R-NZ label, go back to your supplier and get New Zealand-approved equipment.

If you bought your equipment online or overseas, you may not be able to set it up to operate on New Zealand frequencies. Go back to your supplier and ask for equipment with an approved RCM mark or R-NZ label.


  1. Once your the licence is certified you’ll get an email

    • Follow the instructions in the email to confirm your licence.
    • Make payment if requested.
  2. You’ll receive a further email, confirming that your licence has been granted.

    This contains important information that you need to know about transmitting on your new licence.

  3. Set up your equipment in line with your licence conditions.

  4. Start transmitting from the date on your licence.