Applying for Your Radio Amateur License

Are you ready to apply for your Radio Amateur License in Sri Lanka? Follow these clear steps to ensure a smooth application process:

Step 1: Check Exam Results

  • If you recently faced the Radio Amateur Examination (Novice/General/Advance), keep an eye out for the results.

Step 2: Upgrading Your License

  • If you’re upgrading your existing license, complete the application for renewal using this form: Local Amateur Application.
  • Prepare a letter of request addressed to the Director General, TRCSL.
  • Take your license book, NIC and visit TRCSL.
  • Meet Ms. G.H.P. Imali Prasanthika, Assistant Director at the Spectrum Management Division, 2nd Floor. She will assist you with the process.
  • Pay the upgrading fee. Note that you may need to wait briefly while the finance department prepares a voucher.


  • Send soft copies of the required documents to <[email protected]>. Make your request in the email body.
  • Simultaneously, either hand-deliver hard copies or send them via registered post to TRCSL.

Applying for a New License

  • If you’ve never held a Radio Amateur License before, you’ll need to follow these steps:
  • Fill out the application form here: Local Amateur Application in triplicate (3 copies).
  • Complete the MOD clearance form, available here: MOD Clearance Form. Please note that this form is available in Sinhala, but you can fill it out in English.
  • Prepare a letter of request addressed to the Director General, TRCSL. Don’t forget to mention your contact phone number.
  • Obtain photocopies of both sides of your National Identity Card (NIC).
  • Prepare three passport-sized photographs (ensure they present you at your best, as your ham license will feature one of these).
  • Since you’re not authorized to possess transmitting equipment yet, you may respond that you will apply once licensed.
  • Secure two letters of recommendation from two other Radio Amateurs or individuals of good standing (preferably without a criminal record).
  • Attach a copy of the letter you received from TRCSL stating your exam results.
  • Send them via registered post to TRCSL.

TRCSL Address:

Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka,
No. 276, Elvitigala Mawatha,
Colombo 08,
Sri Lanka.

Mention Your NIC No.

  • In all your correspondence with TRCSL, include your NIC No. It’s the first thing MOD/TRCSL checks in their database. Ensure it’s accurate, as an incorrect NIC No. can stall your application.


Good Luck!

  • Best wishes with your application process, and welcome to the world of amateur radio. Remember that you can always visit or email <[email protected]> if you have any doubts or questions.

Follow these steps, and you’ll be on your way to obtaining your Radio Amateur License. Best of luck, and 73!

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