Guide to Wireless Regulations in the United States (FCC Resource Document)

This application note gives a brief overview of the legal issues governing the manufacture and sale of RF products intended for unlicensed operation in the United States under CFR 47 Part 15. In the United States the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is responsible for the regulation of all RF devices. The FCC requires any device that radiates RF energy to be tested for compliance with FCC rules. These rules are contained in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Title 47. Part 15 is the section of the code that deals with devices that emit RF energy and are to be operated without an individual license.

While this application note will provide you with a basic understanding of the steps involved in certification, it is strongly recommended that you obtain a full copy of the code from your local government bookstore, the Government Printing Office, or the FCCwebsite.