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FCC Certification Testing & Approvals

Date Updated 14.02.2023

What is the FCC Certification?

All electrical devices that are sold and distributed in the USA and are covered by the rules on radio frequency emissions must go through the FCC certification. This logo can also be seen on products sold in other countries if their origin is in the USA. Thus, the FCC mark is known in different countries.
The FCC approval starts just before the serial manufacture of equipment. It should be tested to determine the possible interference with other devices. In addition, the suitability of the radio frequency range for broadcasting is checked.
To ensure proper testing, all digital devices are divided into two categories:

  • Class A for industrial, commercial, and engineering equipment.
  • Class B for consumer devices.

It is worth mentioning that standards are usually higher for class B.
Altogether, the FCC certification checks all the equipment characteristics for conformity to telecommunication requirements.

What are the FCC Regulations?

FCC majorly examines the type of device tested responsible for emitting RF, commonly known as radiofrequency. Moreover, the Federal Communications Commission has devised a group identifying which type of testing and regulation can be used in different electronic devices to get a certified permit for distributing the products. The testing of devices is categorized into the:

  • FCC Part 11
  • FCC Part 15
  • FCC Part 18
  • FCC Part 22
  • FCC Part 24
  • FCC Part 68
  • FCC Part 90
  • FCC Part 95

How Long Does it Take to Get FCC Certification?

The FCC certification period normally takes between 8-12 weeks. To make this process faster, FCC has permitted many private companies to issue these certifications. Similarly to that, Telecommunication Certifications Body (TCB) hastens the process, and you get the certification in 1-2 weeks.

What is the FCC certification process?

FCC is provided to any electrical equipment sold, distributed in the United States, and produces radio frequency emission. Also, some of the products outside the United States can be found having the FCC logo. This means the product was either produced in the US or then exported to different countries.  By doing this, the FCC mark becomes popular across the globe.

Which Products Needs FCC Certification?

Modern FCC standards are mandatory for all electrical radio frequency devices for both industrial and personal applications if you wish to sell or distribute them in the US. There are limits on the intentional and unintentional electromagnetic emissions generated by such equipment. And this is done, first and foremost, for the safety of users.
To be sure of whether or not you need an FCC certificate, check the following list of devices that must be certified:

  • Equipment for wireless local area networking;
  • Radio and telecommunications terminals;
  • Devices that support Bluetooth technology;
  • Electronic equipment;
  • Walkie-talkies;
  • Mobile phones;
  • Wireless phones;
  • Remote control devices;
  • Power adapters;
  • Products with electromagnetic compatibility;
  • Telecommunication equipment;
  • IT devices.

It is important to keep in mind that both devices that generate radiofrequency emissions intentionally and unintentionally must be tested. The first group includes products that emit while operating, for instance, smartphones.
As for unintentional emissions, radio signals and broadcasting appear to be by-products of their operation. This situation happens, for example, with digital cameras. However, both groups require FCC approval, and its rules must be followed strictly.

How Much Does FCC Certification Cost?

The cost of FCC testing services is determined on an individual basis according to the product category, required equipment, and the type of radio device. If we consider testing for a single-channel radio and its transmission and receiving signals as an example, it will cost approximately $5,000. The transmitter tests cost about $3,500, and the receiver tests cost about $1,500, correspondingly.

How Can I Obtain FCC Certification for My Products?

For the USA and its manufacturers, both human lives and the environment belong to the key priorities. That is the reason why electrical equipment that produces radio frequency emissions is strictly controlled. The FCC standards and testing are aimed at avoiding possible harmful effects and saving our lives and nature.


FCC radio certification is required for placing radio equipment on the market. Any Intentional radiator should be tested and submitted for a TCB review (the responsible party by the FCC to review the request and to submit the product under the FCC Website with his own FCC ID).
The process includes the following:

  • Testing – In-band and out-of-band Radio tests i.e. Bandage, Mask, PSD, Peak gain, Spurious, etc.
  • Grantee Code and FRN under FCC in order to establish an account and issue FCC ID
  • File submission – 20+ items for TCB review depending on the type of certification
  • TCB review


Whenever using an already certified module, it’s the host manufacturer’s responsibility to verify that the integration in the final host device meets FCC Grantee limitations such as RF Exposure, Multi transmitter procedure, and so on. The host manufacturers should keep records and declare under the SDoC procedure that he is in compliance with all requirements.
The SDoC is a legal liability, and besides the company to be signed on, it should also include the company’s local representative details within the USA. You can find the explanation of the SDoC procedure here.

360Compliance – FCC Certificate from Start to Completion

Obtaining FCC Certification may seem a challenging task. However, there are companies like 360Compliance that can help with this issue. The professional team is experienced in all the special features and nuances and will advise you on the required actions.
Our offers include:

  • Fixed and transparent pricing policy;
  • Fast, convenient, and timely service;
  • High-quality turnkey project management;
  • Technical support at all stages of the process;
  • Full testing & certification;
  • Access to the global market in more than 195 countries.

If you truly wish to expand the number of your clients and sell or distribute electrical equipment in the USA, the FCC testing will open this door for you. And 360Compliance will guide you through this process without any troubles or difficulties. Do not hesitate to trust this issue with professionals, and your devices will conquer the market.

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