Special Temporary Authority

Request A Special Temporary Authority


Filing a Request is easy. Please click the “e-file” button below, complete the data form and submit.

e-file – Special Temporary Authority


The FCC will grant a Special Temporary Authority (STA) for the emergency use of frequencies for 6 months during the application process. A reason or explanation of the emergency situation must be given to the FCC to acquire an STA.

Special Temporary Authority

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) grants Special Temporary Authority (STA) to permit immediate or temporary operation of certain radio facilities during emergencies or other urgent conditions. Few radio services can file manually, most are required to file electronically, refer to 47 C.F.R. § 1.913 for electronic filing requirements. STA may be granted in the following circumstances: In emergency situations, such as natural disasters; To permit restoration or relocation of existing facilities to continue communication service; For a temporary, non-recurring service where a regular authorization is not appropriate; In other situations involving circumstances which are of such extraordinary nature that delay in the instruction of temporary operation would seriously prejudice the public interest. For more information on STAs, refer to 47 C.F.R. § 1.931.

Filing a Request is Easy, simply click “e-file“, complete the data form and submit.

STA Conditions

All STAs are issued on a secondary non-interference basis. Because an STA is secondary, if the facilities operating under an STA cause interference, the applicant is required to discontinue operation. In accordance with 47 C.F.R. § 1.931(a), an STA application must be filed 10 days prior to the date of the operation proposed in the application. An application for an STA must meet the conditions for grant outlined in 47 C.F.R. § 1.931. All STA requests must be complete and cannot rely on references to pending applications. Lack of information or adequate justification may result in delays in processing the application or even denial. Normally, the FCC will not grant STAs for operations that require coordination with FAA or other government users. STA requests to operate facilities requiring government coordination will be entertained only in extraordinary circumstances.

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