I just did this three days ago. The licenses are already approved but I haven't yet received the hard copies. I found Milltech Marine's (no affiliation except as a satisfied customer) instructions
- scroll down to "How do I obtain an FCC-issued MMSI?" - more straightforward than the FCC instructions. In addition to the SA license
you will need to repeat step three of the Milltech instructions and also apply for an RR - restricted radiotelephone operator license for yourself. It was $215 for the SA license, which is good for 10 years and $65 for the RR license, which is good for life.
I've heard varying reports on whether these requirements are enforced in foreign ports
, and as much as it's no fun to have to fork over $285, it's a small price
to pay to avoid potential hassles - the worst of which could be fines and/or boat impoundment.