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Land mobile licence

A land mobile licence lets you operate a two-way radio system. There are 6 options for land mobile licence

What a land mobile licence is for

A land mobile licence lets you operate a two-way radio system.

Two-way radio has an audio transmitter and receiver in one and can be:

  • stationary
  • mobile (such as in a car)
  • portable (such as a handheld walkie-talkie)

Emergency services and private organisations, such as taxis and trucking companies, use land mobile systems.

The licence lets you communicate:

  • from a fixed station to one or more mobile stations
  • between mobile stations

This includes:

  • an aircraft station, but not on an aeronautical frequency
  • a maritime ship station, but not on a maritime frequency

There are 6 options for land mobile licences.

The Radiocommunications (Interpretation) Determination 2015 defines land mobile licences.

Licence conditions

When you have a land mobile licence, you must follow the conditions of your licence.

These include:

These conditions help you communicate safely and without interference.

We will include information you should be aware of under the heading 'advisory notes'.

Call signs

Call signs are a unique series of letters and numbers. They make it easy to identify a station.

We will give you a call sign or explain how to create one when we give you a licence.

You should use your call sign:

  • every time you start to transmit
  • before you transmit in a series
  • when you test

Call sign template for land mobile licences


Land Mobile call sign template (example of a typical call sign: VKA714)


first two alpha characters: VJ, VK, VL, VM, VN, VZ, or AX. The third character is any alpha


numeric character 2 to 9


numeric character 0 to 9

Call sign template for CB repeaters

If you have licence for a CB repeater station, you must use your call sign:

  • at least once every 5 minutes while the station is operating
  • by Morse code signal or an electronic voice

If you use Morse code, you must transmit signals:

  • using a modulating tone in the frequency range 700 to 3000 Hz
  • at a rate between 10 and 20 words per minute


CB Repeater call sign template (example of a typical call sign: WER07)


The 3 characters should represent the locations or site of the repeater


The 2 digits must be the channel number of the repeater


We charge fees for apparatus licences.

In some circumstances, you can apply for a licence fee exemption or concession.

Apply for a land mobile licence

To apply for a land mobile assigned licence, you should contact an accredited person.

They can:

  • assign you a frequency
  • give you a frequency assignment certificate
  • apply for your licence for you

Transfer a land mobile licence

You can apply to:

Get technical details

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