Find FCC ID Certification for Homologation in Colombia

If you need to use your mobile phone in Colombia, you may be looking for the FCC ID certification for homologation. Try these methods to find it.

Finding the FCC ID

  1. Dial *#07# to bring up the device information.
    • Calling this number will not charge you anything or use any minutes
  2. Check your device settings. You may be able to find the FCC ID under the Legal & Regulatory information on your device
    • Settings > About > Legal Information > Regulatory
  3. Search your device model in Google using the keyword site:fccid.io
    • include your model number

Get the TCB Certification Form from the FCC ID

Once you locate the FCC ID for your device, you will need the TCB authorization file. Obtain the TCB authorization by searching your FCC ID using the FCC Homologation Search Tool.

The TCB certification for homologation can be located by clicking the “Grant” icon for the 800 MHz row. tcb grant icon The “Lower Frequency In MHz” and “Upper Frequency In MHz” must be between 800 and 900 MHz for the grant to be valid in Colombia. Example:

Click on the proper Grant for the 800 MHz bandwidth for your device FCC ID
Click on the proper Grant for the 800 MHz bandwidth for your device FCC ID

Why is FCC ID certification needed? The CRC requires devices to be certified. Uncertified devices may be texted and disable from using the network.

“Tu celular no ha sido homologado ante la CRC y podria ser bloqueado”

To learn more about the requirements of the CRC and FCC ID certification, please see this video.

‘Contains’ FCC ID

When a device is labeled “Contains” FCC ID XXX-XXXX, typically, this means the wireless component of the device has been tested to follow FCC ID certification. In many cases, this implies the entire device is not FCC certified and the manufacturer/distributor is claiming the enclosure modifies the performance of the chip in a negligible way. The rules on getting a device FCC certified vs just using a certified chip depend on the wireless frequency, power, and enclosure.

Be sure to read all FCC regulations or consult an FCC expert before simply putting a “contains FCC ID” label on your device as it may not be legal.

Industrial Scientific and Medical (ISM) Equipment [FCC Definition]

What equipment is considered to be Industrial Scientific and Medical (ISM) subject to Part 18?

Industrial, scientific, and Medical (ISM) equipment is defined as equipment or appliances designed to generate and use locally RF energy for industrial, scientific, medical, domestic or similar purposes, excluding applications in the field of telecommunication.1 Typical ISM applications are the production of physical, biological, or chemical effects such as heating ionization of gases, mechanical vibrations, and acceleration of charged particles.

The Commission has historically treated RF devices that transmit a radio signal for purposes such as measuring the level of a fluid in a container or for measuring some quantifiable property of a material as Part 15 devices.2 Due to the modulated transmission of information, the Commission determined that Part 15 intentional transmitters were best treated as low power transmission communication devices as opposed to Part 18 equipment where RF energy is generated for the primary purpose of performing work energy, such as in an industrial heater or microwave oven. [3]

With some other applications, however, the applicability of Part 15 or 18 rules requires a caseby-case analysis. For example, in the case of magnetic resonance imaging systems used to stimulate molecules to produce a detectable RF field to form body images, the Commission determined that the use was so unique that it was appropriate to apply Part 18 rules. 4 Similarly devices that use Nuclear Quadrupole Resonance (NQR) techniques for detecting metal properties, have been authorized under Part 18. In this case, we have focused on the fact that the RF energy is used to excite the molecules to create nuclear resonance of the material to determine its property. For certain wireless charging devices that use load modulation to adjust the instantaneous power levels, it was determined that this function should be appropriately authorized under the Part 18 rules.

More recently, there is the heightened interest with using RF spectrum in the frequency ranges above 95 GHz for devices, including devices designed for terahertz spectroscopy, to analyze material molecular properties and for imaging applications.5 Such applications are also appropriate for a case-by-case analysis. Under this approach, the Office of Engineering and Technology has authorized some equipment operating above 95 GHz designed to detect the presence of powders, solids and liquids inside sealed parcels and envelopes under Part 18 rules. Under the Part 18 rules, such devices have been subject to our Supplier’s Declaration of Compliance (SDoC) procedures.6 Those rules require product to be tested and that compliance information be supplied with the product at the time of marketing.[7] The Commission will continue to review devices using similar techniques or frequency bands on a case-by-case basis to determine if it is appropriate to authorize them under Part 18 rules or some other rules, if applicable.

References:

  1. 47 CFR § 18.107(c).
  2. Amending Part 15 Subpart E –To Provide for RF Operated Measuring Devices, Docket No. 18260, Report and
    Order, 20 FCC 2d 158 (1969).
  3. Id.
  4. 47 CFR §§ 18.107(c) and 18.121.
  5. Terahertz spectroscopy is a technique in which the properties of a material are probed with short pulses of terahertz
    radiation.
  6. 47 CFR §§ 2.1071 through 2.1077.
  7. In cases where measurements may not be possible over the required frequency range, parties must consult with the
    Commission staff by submitting a Knowledge Database inquiry at https://www.fcc.gov/labhelp.

See FCC Document 227764 D01 ISM Equipment v01

Ultra-Wide Band FCC Wireless Device Approval

ULTRA-WIDEBAND (UWB) DEVICES FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What guidance is available for the approval of Ultra-Wide Band devices?

Q: What technical characteristics must be measured to demonstrate ultra-wideband (UWB) device compliance to the applicable requirements specified in Part 15 Subpart F?

A: The general technical parameters to be measured and provided in an application for certification are listed in Sections 15.31, 15.33, 15.35(a), 15.35(b), 15.204, 15.207, and 15.521; Sections 15.509 through 15.519 apply for different types of UWB devices. The specific UWB technical characteristics that must be measured include the emission bandwidth, the average and peak power spectral density associated with the fundamental emission, and the average power spectral density associated with unwanted emissions (out-of-band and spurious domain).

 

Q: Are standardized measurement procedures available for performing the requisite compliance measurements?

A: Standardized procedures for measuring the technical parameters necessary to demonstrate compliance to the UWB rule requirements can be found in clause 10.1 of ANSI C63.10-2013.

 

Q: What portion of the emission spectrum from a UWB device is required to be contained within the authorized frequency bands? Is it adequate for just the center frequency to be within the authorized band?

A: For a UWB device emission spectrum, the entire fundamental bandwidth (that portion of the spectrum between the outermost −10 dB points) must be fully contained within the authorized frequency band. Consequently, it is not adequate that just the UWB center frequency be within the authorized
frequency band. For example, the emissions spectrum from a ground penetrating radar (GPR) applying for authorization under Section 15.509 must have its fundamental bandwidth located below 960 MHz.

 

Q: What portion of the emission spectrum from a UWB device is required to be contained within the authorized frequency bands? Is it adequate for just the center frequency to be within the authorized band?

A: For a UWB device emission spectrum, the entire fundamental bandwidth (that portion of the spectrum between the outermost −10 dB points) must be fully contained within the authorized frequency band. Consequently, it is not adequate that just the UWB center frequency be within the authorized
frequency band. For example, the emissions spectrum from a ground penetrating radar (GPR) applying for authorization under Section 15.509 must have its fundamental bandwidth located below 960 MHz.

 

Q: How is the requirement for a UWB device to cease transmission after 10 seconds of inactivity (i.e., Section 15.519(a)(1)) interpreted?

A: An acknowledgement of reception must continue to be received by the UWB device at least once every 10 seconds, or else the device shall cease transmission of any information other than periodic signals for use in the establishment or re-establishment of a communications link with an associated receiver.

 

Q: What types of devices are considered to be “hand held” under Section 15.519?

A: The Commission has authorized a variety of devices under this rule part on a case-by-case basis on the following general principle:

A small size UWB device that is intended to operate outdoors on a frequent basis and is capable
of operating without the need for fixed infrastructure installation (e.g., antennas mounted on poles
or towers). Where it is not practical for the device to actually be held in a person’s hand during
operation, it is sufficient to show that the operator can exercise control over the device, or the
object to which the device is affixed, while the device is operating.

It will still be necessary to evaluate applications for outdoor UWB operations under Section 15.519 on a case-by-case basis to ensure fidelity to the rule intent.

 

Q: What compliance information should be included with an application for certification?

A: In addition to the requirements specified in Sections 2.947, 2.911, 2.1033(b), 15.31, 15.203, and 15.521, the following information is required for the processing of a UWB application for certification:

  • The UWB application category (e.g., imaging device, indoor system, hand held device), and the applicable rule section (among Sections 15.509 through 15.519).
  • The lower and upper −10 dB frequencies (fL and fH, respectively) and the frequency of the maximum observed emission level (fM). Also provide a frequency vs. amplitude plot that graphically depicts these values.
  • The maximum radiated emissions (including narrowband emissions) and the associated frequencies observed in each frequency band identified in the applicable emission limits tables.
  • In the event that no emissions are observed in the aforementioned frequency bands, report the minimum sensitivity (noise floor) of the measurement system in these bands (i.e., show that the measurement system is capable of detecting emissions down to the level indicated by the applicable emissions limit).
  • If applicable, report all digital circuitry emissions exceeding the applicable UWB limits, and provide a complete description of the process used to justify invoking the exception stated in Section 15.521(c).
  • Frequency vs. amplitude plots depicting the measured fundamental emission, the out-of-band emission domain, and the emissions into the GPS frequency bands.
  • Where applicable, indicate the location of required operating labels and/or a manual disable switch.
  • Supporting photographs depicting the measurement system set-up and the device under test.

 

Q: Are there any special considerations for UWB devices applying for modular approval?

A: Modular approval will only be considered for UWB applications under Section 15.519 requirements, regardless of whether the device is intended for indoor or outdoor operation.

 

Q: Are there any other options for certifying UWB devices under FCC rules?

Whenever possible (i.e., if the UWB fundamental emission can be fully contained within the 5925−7250 MHz frequency band), Section 15.250 should be considered as an alternative to either Section 15.517 or Section 15.519.

 

Q: Is there a provision for operating wireless tank level gauges (e.g., level-probing radar) under the UWB rules?

A: Section 15.517(a)(4) authorizes the use of tank level gauges as indoor UWB devices only if they are used within metal or underground storage tanks, and the emissions are directed downward, into
the tank.

 

Last Updated 2018-05-05 from the FCC Document dated January 29, 2018:
FCC-ID-Approval-UWB

FCC ID BCG-E239A / CMIIT-ID 2015CP3266

As of 2018-04-02, FCC ID BCG-E239A and CMIIT-ID 2015CP3266 are not associated with any FCC Licenses or Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology Approval codes.

FCCID.io has received a report the R11 Max Phone is being sold from China under these two approval codes. We are unable to validate the CMIIT and the FCC ID is strictly invalid as it contains the Grantee code of Apple (BCG).

R11 Max TD-LTE Digital Mobile Phone; CMIIT ID: 2015CP3266
R11 Max TD-LTE Digital Mobile Phone; CMIIT ID: 2015CP3266

Instructions For Generating Selected FCC OET Report Items

The following is a list of fields that may be used to query the FCC Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) Database. One or more fields may be specified to limit the amount of data returned. All data entered is case insensitive, unless noted next to a specific search item.

Grantee Code: * Three or five character alphanumeric string representing the Grantee/Applicant. Three character Grantee Codes always begin with an alphabetic character and do not contain the numbers one and/or zero. Five character Grantee Codes always begin with a number and do not contain the numbers one and/or zero.This is a wildcard search to the right of the entered code.
Product Code: * The Product Code is the non-grantee code portion of the FCC ID. The Product Code may include hyphens and/or dashes (-).
Applicant Name: * Name of the Grantee/Applicant on file with FCC OET. Enter the complete name or a portion of it.
Grant Date Range: The date the Grant was issued by the FCC. If a specific date is desired, specify the date in the first field only. Enter all dates in the format MM/DD/YYYY
Grant Comments: Comments listed on the Grant of Equipment Authorization. This search is case sensitive. This search is wild card right and left by default.
Application Purpose: The Application Purpose search may be limited to a permissive change, original grant or a change in the FCC ID.
Software Defined Radios: Check this box to only show software defined radios in the result set.
FCC Approved Applications: Check this box to only show applications approved by the FCC in the result set.
TCB Approved Applications: Check this box to only show applications approved by a TCB in the result set.
Composite Applications Only: Check this box to only show applications that are associated with a composite device in the result set.
Grant Note: Notes associated with the Grant of Equipment Authorization.
Equipment Class: The category or class of equipment assigned to the device submitted for approval for marketing.
Frequency Range (MHZ):** The lower and upper Frequency Range specified on the Grant of Equipment Authorization. Search criteria must be entered in MHz. When Exact Match is not checked the search will find any Grant with a portion of the Frequency Range in the entered Search Band.
Emission Designator: The Emission Designator of the equipment of interest (See Rule Section 2.201 for more details). The asterisk (*) is the wild card character. Examples:

  • To see all entries that exactly match the string “16K0” with the number sixteen enter the following: 16K0
  • To see all entries that start with the number sixteen enter the following: 16*
  • To see all entries that contain a “K” enter the following: *K*
  • To see all entries that end with the characters “K0” enter the following: *K0
Necessary Bandwidth: Necessary Bandwidth of the equipment of interest. Enter an asterisk (*) to perform a wild card search (See Rule Section 2.201 for more details). Examples:

  • To see all entries exactly match the string “F3E” enter the following: F3E
  • To see all entries that start with an “F” enter the following: F*
  • To see all entries that contain the number three enter the following: *3*
  • To see all entries that end with the characters “3E” enter the following *3E
Frequency Tolerance:** Frequency Tolerance of the equipment of interest. When Exact Match is not checked the search will find any Grant with a portion of the Frequency Tolerance in the entered Search Band.
Power Output:** Power Output of the equipment of interest. When Exact Match is not checked the search will find any Grant with a portion of the Power Output in the entered Search Range.
Rule Parts:** Up to three Rule Parts that apply to the authorized equipment may be entered. As an example, if Part 15 is selected from the drop down and exact match is unchecked then all part 15 Grants will be returned.
Product Description: Product Description listed on the Grant of Equipment Authorization and Form 731 application. This search is not case sensitive and will be performed as a wild card on both sides of the search criteria.
TCB Name: TCB that performed the compliance testing and certification.
TCB Scope: This drop-down list contains all Scopes under which equipment may be authorized. When selected, the result set will contain all TCB applications that have been authorized under the specified Scope.

* Wild Card Right – When the search is performed the characters entered into this field will be compared to the database using a wild card on the right. For example, if the letter “A” is entered then all records that start with the letter “A” in this field will be returned (ABC, Apple, Able…).

**Exact Match – If this box is checked then only records exactly matching the search criteria will be returned. If this box is not checked then a wild card search will be performed.

 

Asus WL700gE FCC Registration – FCC ID MSQWL700GE

This Asus WL700gE / WL-700gE is a “Multifunctional Broadrange Wireless Router” with a 160 or 250 GB hard drive installed. It comes labeled with FCC ID MSQWL700GE, however, no FCC registration exists for the device. MSQ is the proper business grantee registration for Asus, and the latter part of the FCC ID (WL700GE) matches the model of the device. Additionally, there don’t seem to be any FCC registrations by Asus around the time of the router release (February 2006) that could match the device (ruling out a typo in registration).

WL700GE Label

Although the device has been registered in Korea with the labeled FCC registration number, reasons why the device may be unregistered with the FCC remain unclear. Both Asus and the FCC have been contacted for further information.

Response from the FCC:

FCC response on 10/13/2016
The FCC ID is unauthorized. Please see the following link.

Response from Asus:

Trclab is still looking into the filing of this applicationn…

 

Asus Product Page https://www.asus.com/us/Networking/WL700gE/

FCC ID versus IC ID

FCC ID is the United State’s Federal Communication Commission’s identifier for authorizing wireless devices for sale within the USA. Like the FCC ID, Canada has an IC ID registration system for wireless equipment licensed for sale and operation in Canada. This system is often referred to as the Radio Equipment List or REL. Canada’s REL has similar requirements of radio lab testing and emissions/spectrum limitations before a new IC ID is issued and the radio equipment authorized.

Similar to FCC IDs, IC IDs have begin with a business registration number (XXXXX) and end with a serial number or model number for the device (YYYYYY). They are typically found in the format XXXXXX-YYYYY where X and Y can be numbers or letters (upper case).
As an example, Honeywell has a registration code of 1693B. All registered honeywell products begin with 1693B followed by a dash “-” and then the chosen license id of the product. Registration numbers are always numbers and letters, typically 5 characters in length. Some of the older (pre-2000) issued radio equipment can have differing identifiers.