The Fifth Report and Order (FCC 04-190, released August 13, 2004) states that all participants in the E-Rate program must obtain an FCC Registration Number (FCC RN). Participants are required to obtain at least one FCC RN for each Taxpayer Identification Number by November 1, 2004, pursuant to Public Notice DA 04-2994 (released September 16, 2004) and Public Notice FCC 04-230 (released September 28, 2004).

Who Should Obtain an FCC RN

The following entities participating in the E-rate program must have FCC RNs:

  • Schools – includes individual schools, school districts, ESAs, and school administrative (non-instructional) facilities
  • Libraries – includes library outlets/branches, library systems and library administrative (non-instructional) facilities
  • Consortium Leaders and Consortium Members
  • Service Providers
  • Consultants
  • Entities that file Forms 470 and/or Forms 471 that do not appear above

How to Obtain an FCC RN


Helpful Tips for Applying for an FCC RN

Because the CORES system is used in conjunction with many different FCC programs, the information requested in the application process may not closely match that of the entities that participate in the E-rate program. NOTE: The SLD does not use the type and subtype information you provide in this application for their review of funding requests.

1. Business Type and Subtype

  • For Public Schools and Public Libraries – select “State or Local Agency”
    • For Subtype – select the option that is most appropriate
    • If you are not sure which option applies, select “State or Local Commission”
  • For Non-Public (Private) Entities and Consultants– select “Private Sector”
    • For Subtype – select the option that is most appropriate

2. Business Name

  • Name of the individual entity
    • For an entity with an Entity Number, this should be the name of the individual school, school district, library outlet/branch, library system, consortium leader or non-instructional facility associated with the Entity Number.
    • For a Billed Entity, this should be the name of the Billed Entity associated with the Billed Entity Number.
    • For service providers, this should be the name of the entity associated with the Service Provider Identification Number (SPIN).
    • For all others, this should be the business name of the entity.

3. Organization Name

  • If the “Business Name” entered above is for the entity responsible for the E-rate application process, re-enter the “Business Name” for the “Organization Name.”
  • If the “Business Name” entered above is for an individual recipient of service that is NOT the entity responsible for the E-rate application process, enter the name of the entity responsible for the E-rate application process for the “Organization Name.” Most likely, the “Organization Name” will be the name of the Billed Entity.

4. Contact Person

  • Enter the name of the person at the entity that is responsible for the E-rate application process.

If you need more information, you can contact one of the following:

  • FCC Registration Number Helpline at 1-877-480-3201
  • SLD Client Service Bureau at 1-888-203-8100