FCC Certification Application Process

Below you'll find the required information Intertek needs to begin the process of applying for an FCC Certificate on your behalf.

When submitting a TCB application, please indicate the desired completion date. The Intertek TCB will strive to meet the desired completion date. In cases where the TCB determines that it is unable to do so, we will estimate the earliest date that it might be possible to start the review based on complexity of the project and current reviewer workload. The duration of the review depends on the complexity of the product and radio technologies, the quality of the submitted documentation, and on prompt responses to any inquiries the TCB reviewer has, and cannot begin until the full set of required documentation is received and all administrative issues are resolved. Providing a complete documentation package and promptly responding to any requests for additional documentation, clarification, or amendments will help expedite your application and meet your desired completion date.

Completion of the Canadian Certification is ultimately pending the Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada response time after an application has been loaded. The estimate that Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada provides is one-to-two weeks before they release it to the REL after the TCB uploads. It can be faster or slower depending on their workload, complexity of application, and other factors.

Email completed forms and additional questions about the application process to tcb_admin@intertek.com.

Required Information for FCC Certification and Product Registration

TCB User GuideLearn how the TCB certification process works in detail by downloading this guide.
FCC Registration Number (FRN)Applicant's 10 digit code assigned by the FCC Commission Registration System (CORES).
FCC Grantee CodeA 3 or 5 digit code issued by the FCC to identify all certified products associated with a certain company. If you do not have the FCC Grantee Code you may obtain it from the FCC.
FCC IdentifierMade up of no more than 14 alpha-numeric characters appended to your company's 3 or 5-character grantee code. Hyphens are allowed. Get additional Labeling guidelines for certification from the FCC website.
Form 731Effective October 5, 1999, Applications for Equipment Authorization (FCC Form 731) and all required information must be filed electronically per 47 CFR, Section 2.913(c)
FCC Certification AgreementCertification Agreement for US Federal Communications Commotions (FCC) and Telecommunications Certification Body (TCB) program
Confidentiality Request LetterExample template for requests for confidentiality per 0.457 and 0.459.
Agency LetterLetter to allow Intertek Testing Services NA Inc to act on your behalf in front of the FCC.
Attestation StatementsApplications for the certification of scanning receivers should include specific requirements in Section 2.1033(b)(11)
User's ManualA copy of the installation and operating instructions to be furnished the user per Section 2.1033. Contains information per Sections 15.21, 15.105, 18.213 and RF Safety instructions as needed. A draft document is acceptable as long as it reflects the actual required FCC text that will be present in the final document, which should be provided when available.
Parts List / Tune-up InfoTune-up procedure over the power range, or at specific operating power levels per Section 2.1033(c)(9). Only required for licensed radio. Not applicable to certifications under parts 11, 15, or 18.
Operational DescriptionA brief description of the circuit functions of the device along with a statement describing how the device operates, including a description of the radio circuitry and how the radio signal is developed. This statement should contain a description of the ground system and antenna, if any, used with the device per Section 2.1033. For certifications for licensed radio under rule parts other than 11, 15, and 18, the following additional items must be included:

1)The dc voltages applied to and dc currents into the several elements of the final radio frequency amplifying device for normal operation over the power range.

2)A description of all circuitry and devices provided for determining and stabilizing frequency, for suppression of spurious radiation, for limiting modulation, and for limiting power.

3)For equipment employing digital modulation techniques, a detailed description of the modulation system to be used, including the response characteristics (frequency, phase and amplitude) of any filters provided, and a description of the modulating wavetrain, shall be submitted for the maximum rated conditions under which the equipment will be operated.
Block DiagramsA block diagram showing the frequency of all oscillators in the device. The signal path and frequency shall be indicated at each block per Section 2.1033(b)(5). This exhibit is only required for unlicensed devices operating under parts 11, 15, or 18.
SchematicsA schematic diagram for intentional radiators per Section 2.1033. This is required for all intentional radiators (radio devices).
Test ReportA report of measurements showing compliance with the pertinent FCC technical requirements. This report shall identify the test procedure used, the date the measurements were made, the location where the measurements were made, and the device that was tested per Section 2.1033, as well as sample calculations for all measurement calculations in the report.
Test Setup PhotographsTest Set up photos shall be provided as a separate exhibit.
External PhotosA sufficient number of photographs to clearly show the exterior appearance, the construction, the component placement on the chassis, and the chassis assembly per Section 2.1033.
ID / Label LocationsLabel in sufficient detail so that the name and FCC identifier can be read. In lieu of a photograph of the label, a sample label (or facsimile thereof) may be submitted together with a sketch showing where this label will be placed per Section 2.1033. When it is not practical or desirable to include the applicable label text, it may be moved to the manual however the FCC ID must be displayed on the label. Electronic display of the FCC ID is also an option. See KDB784748 on Labeling for details.
Internal PhotosA sufficient number of photographs to clearly show construction, component placement, chassis assembly per Section 2.1033.
Credit Card InformationCredit card authorization form
Request for Modular Approval
(Not required for non-modular approval)
This letter specifically requests modular approval for your product. For each item listed provide specific examples explaining how your product fulfills the applicable requirement. Examples are provided for each item.
KDB 996369 Transmitter Module Equipment Authorization Guide
Detailed Module Integration Instructions
(Not required for non-modular approval)
Detailed module integration instructions are required to be provided to the end host products integrator. These instructions must include all regulatory information that the host integrator will need in order to legally integrate your module into their product. An example is provide to use as a starting point. Example Module Integration Instruction
Antenna List with Gains IncludedManufacturer data on each antenna, including antenna type and gain.

For questions regarding forms and the application process, send an email to tcb_admin@intertek.com.

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