• The Flight Radiotelephony Operator's Licence (FRTOL) authorises you to operate an Aircraft Radio Station in a UK registered aircraft.

    The licence can be held as a standalone licence, but is normally held in conjunction with another Flight Crew licence.

    Replace a licence that has been lost, damaged or stolen


    You must be at least 16 years old and have:

    • passed the PPL Communications theoretical exam (this must be completed before the practical exam, a 24 month validity period begins once you have passed the written exam)
    • passed a practical RTF Communications test (there is a 24 month validity period to this test)
    • demonstrated language proficiency to at least level 4

      If you take the Radiotelephony (RTF) Communications test together with the theoretical exams for the issue of a PPL, LAPL or NPPL licence all exams must be passed within an 18 month period. You must also apply for the FRTOL as part of your pilot licence application.

      The RTF examination will be valid for 24 months following the final theoretical examination.

      Credits are available as follows:

      You are credited the PPL Communications theory exam if you:

      • hold a valid pass in the JAR-FCL / Part-FCLCommunications exams in VFR and IFR Communications for the validity period of the exam
      • hold a valid ATCO licence issued in accordance with EU Directive 2006/23/EC
      • hold a valid FISO licence issued in accordance with Article 203 of the Air Navigation Order 2009


      See our licensing fees and costs (full details are available in the Scheme of Charges (Personnel Licensing).

      An additional fee applies if you would like your documents returned by secure courier.

      Please note that there is no fee If the FRTOL is applied for at the same time as another category of flight crew licence.

      Processing time (On receipt of all required information)

      We endeavour to process licence applications within 35 working days.

      Incomplete applications are not subject to the 35 working day turnaround until all application requirements are met.

      Validity period

      A UK FRTOL issued after 17 September 2012, is valid for life, provided that your language proficiency endorsement is current.

      A Stand alone UK FRTOL issued before 17 September 2012, had a ten year validity. When these licences expire, if you still need an FRTOL, you must reapply and pay the appropriate fee.

      Associated Rules, Regulations and Forms

      You will need to provide

      • A fully completed online application form if you are applying for initial issue of the FRTOL
      • To renew or revalidate an existing FRTOL use form SRG 1106
      • Evidence of Identity (Original passport or full European Photographic Driving licence) or a copy certified by the Approved Training Organisation (ATO) or UK CAA Examiner
      • A completed payment form (if you are using form SRG 1106 to renew or revalidate your licence)

      How to apply

      For initial issue

      To renew or revalidate an existing FRTOL

      Once all of the requirements above have been met, your completed application form SRG 1106 should be submitted by post or in person to the address below.

      As part of improvements of our licence function service we are reducing the use of paper forms. Please note that from 1 December 2020 you will only be able to apply for this service online and the paper version of the SRG1106 will no longer be accepted. 

      What to expect

      • A desk based assessment from a Flight Crew Licensing Officer or Assistant.
      • Following an acceptable assessment your licence will be processed signed and despatched.
      • An assessment and refund fee may be charged if the UK CAA rejects your application for not meeting all of the requirements.
      • This will also be applied if you choose to cancel your application.

      We will contact you if we have any queries regarding your application and may keep your application pending whilst the additional requirements are met.

      Contact us

      Shared Services
      Civil Aviation Authority
      Aviation House
      Beehive Ring Road
      West Sussex
      RH6 0YR

      Email: fclweb@caa.co.uk