If you’ve ever looked at the label of an electronic device, such as a smartphone or other mobile device, you’ve likely seen a multi-digid FCC ID. This unique string of letters and numbers gives the device an identifier within the FCC’s database and is critical for regulatory compliance.

An FCC ID is an important number for any product that comes under Federal Communications Commission regulations. Devices that intentionally emit electromagnetic radiation are required, by law, to demonstrate compliance with FCC regulations and receive a unique ID number.

You can use a device’s FCC ID to search for it in the FCC’s online database and confirm that it complies with relevant regulations.

If you’re developing a device, receiving an FCC ID is an important step in achieving regulatory compliance with laws such as FCC Part 15, granting your device US market access.

Below, we’ve explained what an FCC ID is, as well as why receiving an FCC ID is so critical for electronic devices that can emit electromagnetic radiation.

We’ve also explained how you can get an FCC ID for your device, with step-by-step instructions for the entire pre-compliance, testing and regulatory compliance process.

For more information about achieving FCC compliance for your device, or to request a quote for FCC testing and certification, you can contact us online or call us at 866-540-5287. 

What is an FCC ID?

An FCC ID is a unique code assigned to all devices subject to FCC regulation. Devices that get an FCC ID range from smartphones and laptops to more specialized electrical equipment, such as medical devices and industrial machinery that emit radio frequency (RF) energy. 

The FCC, an independent United States government agency, oversees and manages the use of the electromagnetic spectrum to verify that consumer and industrial devices comply with clearly defined standards to stop harmful interference. 

A device’s FCC ID serves several purposes. First, it assures consumers that the device they’re purchasing has been tested and complies with federal guidelines for radio frequency exposure and electromagnetic emissions. 

This provides assurance that the device won’t cause electromagnetic interference (EMI), which can affect the functionality of other devices and cause issues such as lost signal, measurement issues, and even damage to devices. 

Second, a device’s FCC ID facilitates easier identification and tracking of products, allowing the FCC to verify that the device is compliant with all relevant regulations.

How FDD ID Codes Work

Each FCC ID is comprised of two elements: a Grantee Code and a Product Code. The Grantee Code is a three to five character alphanumeric code that’s assigned by the FCC to an electronic device manufacturer after their first device approval.

The Product Code, on the other hand, is determined by the manufacturer and can be as long as 14 characters. This section of the FCC ID is used to uniquely identify a specific product model.

How to Get an FCC ID for Your Device

Getting an FCC ID for your electronic device is a key step towards achieving FCC compliance and gaining market access in the United States.

Below, you can find a simplified overview of the process of getting an FCC ID for your device:

Determine if Your Device Needs an FCC ID

The first step  is understanding whether your device falls under the FCC’s jurisdiction and needs an FCC ID. 

Generally, if your device uses radio frequency energy, connects to a communication network, or contains digital components that have the potential to interfere with radio or TV communication, it requires FCC certification.

Need help working out if your device requires certification? Contact us and our team will inform you about the process for receiving FCC equipment authorization for your device. 

Understand the FCC Rules

Different electronic devices are subject to the various FCC rules, which are grouped into parts. For example, FCC Part 15 covers most consumer electronic devices, while FCC Part 18 deals with industrial, scientific and medical equipment. 

Familiarizing yourself with the rules that apply to your device during the early design stages is an easy, effective way to develop for compliance from the beginning.

Test Your Device in an Accredited Lab

Before applying for an FCC ID, your device must undergo testing by an FCC-recognized test lab. This testing verifies that your device meets all of the necessary RF exposure, emissions and other regulatory requirements.

As an ANSI-accredited testing lab, we can complete FCC testing for your device to check that it’s fully compliant with Part 15, Part 18 and other regulations. 

Submit Your Application Package

After your electronic device has completed all necessary testing, you can proceed with your device’s FCC ID application. This involves submitting a detailed application to the FCC via a Telecommunication Certification Body (TCB).

Your FCC ID application package will include technical documentation for your device, reports from your device’s testing, and other information. Our team can assist you with preparing FCC application documents and submitting your application package.

Affix the FCC Mark and ID to Your Device

After submission, your application will be reviewed by the FCC. Once approved, you’ll receive an FCC ID for your device. This ID must be visible displayed on the device and its packaging, along with the FCC mark.

Our guide to FCC labeling requirements explains what you’ll need to do to properly display the FCC mark and FCC ID on your device. 

Contact Us for Help With FCC Testing & Compliance

As an ANSI-accredited testing lab, we’ve helped hundreds of manufacturers complete testing and achieve FCC compliance for their devices. Our team can assist you with every step of the FCC certification process, from pre-testing and testing to submitting your application. 

To ask our engineering and compliance team a question about FCC testing and compliance, or to request a free quote for your device, contact us online or call us at 866-540-5287.