Do Not Call, Do Not Fax, and Do Not Email Laws
FTC Increases Fees for Do Not Call Registry Access
FTC has gone forward with its plan to increase fees for access to the Do Not Call Registry. For individual area codes in excess of the five free codes, the fee will jump from $56 to $62. For access to the entire registry, the fee will increase from $15,400 to $17,050. The new fee schedule takes affect September 1, 2006.
NAR voiced its opposition to the fee increase in its May 2006 comment letter. FTC quoted heavily from the NAR letter in its rule-making. Nevertheless, the Commission chose to retain the five free area code model because it is less costly to administer than a system that accounts for the size of a business in determining eligibility for free or reduced cost access to the registry. The FTC will once again review its policy next year.
Sign up to access the Federal Trade Commission's Do Not Call Registry and stay in compliance with the law. As of January 1, 2005, telemarketers and sellers (including REALTORS®) are required to search the registry at least once every 31 days and drop from their call lists the phone numbers of consumers who have registered.
In addition to the federal do-not-call rules, many states also have their own do-not-call laws that REALTORS® must adhere to. Check these sources for information on your state's do-not-call requirements:
- Stop unwanted faxes, (Letter of the Law, Sept. 2005).
- "Junk Fax Prevention Act" Compliance FAQ, (Letter of the Law, July 12, 2005).
- Do-Not-Fax Update: Congressional & FCC Activities, (NAR Federal Issues Brief, June 24, 2005).
- US Small Business Administration supports Fax Ban Coalition's petition for further extension of stay, (NAR Federal Issues Brief, May 17, 2005).
- NAR applauds introduction of junk fax bill, (NAR Press Release, Apr. 6, 2005).
- NAR's Petition for Extension of Stay of the FCC's Do-Not-Fax Rules
- Model Fax Consent Form
Information on the FCC's Do-Not-Fax Regulations