ARRL Approves Field Checking of Identity and License Documents by Authorized ARRL DXCC Card Checkers outside of the USA
Newington, CT – ARRL is making the verification process for overseas participants in Logbook of The World easier. Effective March 24, 2016, ARRL authorized DXCC Card Checkers outside of the US will be able to verify identity and license documents in person on behalf of ARRL and the Logbook of The World program.
“People outside the US who want to sign-up for LoTW, and who do not want to send documents to ARRL, may visit an ARRL DXCC Card Checker and present the documents to the Card Checker,” ARRL Field Services and Radiosport Manager Dave Patton, NN1N, said. “The Card Checker will check the documents and, if accepted, inform ARRL’s LoTW staff that he/she has met with the individual and will confirm that the applicant’s identity and license have been verified.”
Once documents have been approved by a DXCC Card Checker, the applicant will then apply for a LoTW digital certificate following the instructions for getting started.
Not every DXCC entity has a DXCC Card Checker, and overseas DXCC Card Checkers are not required to participate in this verification process. Amateurs living outside the US should contact a DXCC Card Checker in advance, to see if they are willing to check identity and license documents. A list of DXCC Card Checkers may be found here.
This option for field checking of documents only applies to those outside the US who are obtaining their first LoTW digital certificate, or a replacement for a single, expired certificate.
Questions on this process may be directed to ARRL staff at LoTW-help.