Annual Regulatory Fees Due September 20th

Posted on August 30th, 2023 by

The FCC has announced that September 20, 2023 is the deadline for payment of FY 2023 Regulatory Fees.  Payment must be received by the FCC no later than 11:59 pm EDT in order to avoid a 25% penalty.

Commercial broadcast stations will find the amounts due in CORES by logging in with their CORES username and accessing the Regulatory Fee payment module.  Fees can be paid there by following the prompts and the instructions provided here and here. Only online payments are possible, via credit card (subject to limits), ACH or wire transfer.

Stations can also learn what they owe from this notice, which also provides payment codes. Regulatory fee exemptions are explained here, and the procedures for waiver or payment plan requests can be found here.

We urge broadcast licensees to carefully review the amounts due, as we noted and alerted the FCC staff to several population count anomalies that greatly inflated amounts due.  In addition, stations that have been and remain exempt should log in to CORES to confirm that status.  Otherwise, the station will be red-lighted in the FCC’s systems after the payment deadline, and attempts to collect the fees (with penalties) will be made.

We are available to assist clients with regulatory fee payments as requested.