Here It Is: LMS Filing For Radio Stations Begins


If you are a licensee of a radio station based in the U.S., you’re going to want to read this.

The FCC’s Media Bureau has officially started the transition of electronic filing of radio station applications and pleadings from the current Consolidated Data Base System (CDBS) to the LMS online electronic filing system.

What does that mean for you?

During this transition, the Media Bureau will convert all existing CDBS forms to an LMS format, will transition the filing of comments and pleadings to LMS, and will initiate the release of public notices for radio station applications and pleadings through LMS.

Although the Media Bureau intends to transition all applications and pleadings for radio stations to LMS over the next several months, the first phase of this transition commencing May 1 only applies to radio station license renewal applications to be filed during the upcoming license renewal cycle.

That cycle will commence on June 1 for radio stations in Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.

The Bureau recommends that applicants use Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Microsoft Internet Explorer to access LMS, which can be found at:

Applicants must log into LMS using an FCC Registration Number (FRN) and associated FRN
password. Unlike the CDBS system, all filings in LMS are tied to a facility’s FRN. Licensees that are not sure about which FRN to use to access LMS should consult the Audio Division’s LMS Help Center ( and click on the link by the title “How do I find my FRN?”

Applicants that need to reset their FRN password should contact the help desk at 1-877-480-3201. If the licensee, permittee, or applicant does not have an FRN, it may create one through the FCC’s CORES system:

When logging into LMS for the first time with an FRN that is associated with a facility ID that had multiple associated FRNs in CDBS, the licensee will be asked to “Select (the) FRN of Record.” Doing so will permanently associate the login FRN with the selected facilities, making that FRN the only one that may be used to file applications for those facility ID(s) in LMS. Facility IDs with only one associated FRN will not be required to select the FRN of record.