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Free lifetime radio licence reminder
From December 1, lifetime licences for ships' radios (yacht VHF users please note!) will be available free to online applicants.
Licensing processes will then be transferred from the Radio Licensing Centre (RLC) to Ofcom's head office. The authorities are reminding yachtsmen to cancel all direct debits or BACs payments they may have set up to pay for annual licences.
If your radio licence is due for renewal during October, November or December, you will automatically be sent a new annual licence as a temporary replacement for your old one - and the good news is that you will not have to pay for it.
If you have just bought a boat, and need a new licence during October or November, contact the RLC at www.radiolicencecentre.co.uk
You will be sent an annual licence which you will not have to pay for. It will cover the period until your new lifetime licence is issued through the post.
Please note that for all other users, lifetime licences are only free if you apply online. Those making a paper-based application will be charged £20. (Still a good saving on an annual fee!)
For more information about the change visit www.ofcom.org.uk