The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is statutorily required to recover most of its budget authority through fees assessed to applicants for an NRC license and to holders of NRC licenses.
This page provides NRC applicants and licensees an electronic means to gain access to the rules and regulations governing the assessment and collection of fees, and the forms used in processing payments from licensees. For detail, see the following topics on this page:
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Fee Rule
- Program Information
- Annual Small Entity Certification
- Methods of Payments
Frequently Asked Questions
- General Questions about NRC Fees
- Materials License Annual Fee
- Sample Invoice (Part 171 Annual Fees)
- Annual Small Entity Certification (NRC Form 526)
- Payment of Invoice
The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990, as amended, requires the NRC to recover through fees approximately 90 percent of its current fiscal year budget authority, not including amounts appropriated from the Nuclear Waste Fund, amounts appropriated for Waste Incidental to Reprocessing, and amounts appropriated for generic homeland security activities.
The fees are assessed in accordance with two parts of the NRC's regulations in Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations:
- Fees for Facilities, Materials, Import and Export Licenses, and Other Regulatory Services Under the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as Amended (10 CFR 170)
- Annual Fees for Reactor Licenses and Fuel Cycle Licenses and Materials Licenses, Including Holders of Certificates of Compliance, Registrations, and Quality Assurance Program Approvals and Government Agencies Licensed by the NRC (10 CFR 171)
The links below provide information for the proposed and final Federal Register Notices and their supporting workpapers.
- FY 2017 Proposed Fee Rule - Federal Register Notice
- FY 2016 Final Fee Rule - Federal Register Notice
- FY 2016 Proposed Fee Rule - Federal Register Notice
The Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO) is responsible for the NRC's license fee policy and implementation functions. Within the OCFO, the Division of Planning and Budget is responsible for recommending fee policy changes, annually publishing the schedule of license and annual fees (10 CFR Parts 170 and 171), and handling correspondence concerning fee exemption requests under §§ 170.11 and 171.11.
The Division of the Controller, OCFO, is responsible for implementing license fee regulations (10 CFR Parts 170 and 171), including issuing invoices, collecting fees, and processing small-entity license fee certifications. The Division is also responsible for debt collection and referral of delinquent debt to the Department of Treasury, and for formulating policies and procedures for debt collection activities including maintaining 10 CFR Part 15, Debt Collection.
Annual Small Entity Certification
Licensees who meet the NRC’s size standards for a small entity (listed in 10 CFR 2.810) must submit a completed NRC Form 526, “Certification of Small Entity Status for the Purposes of Annual Fees Imposed Under 10 CFR Part 171,” to qualify for the reduced annual fee. Please see the NRC’s Small Entity Compliance Guide, the instructions included with NRC Form 526, and the Frequently Asked Questions section for additional information.
- NRC Form 526: Certification of Small Entity Status for the Purposes of Annual Fees Imposed Under 10 CFR Part 171 Effective for invoices dated later than August 22, 2011
- NRC Form 531: Request for Taxpayer Identification Number
- NRC Form 629: Authorization for Payment by Credit Card
Methods of Payment
Please carefully read the TERMS AND CONDITIONS included with your invoice. Payment can be made by one of the following methods:
EDI/ACH: the NRC can accept electronic payments using electronic data interchange (EDI) through the Automated Clearinghouse (ACH) Network. To pay by ACH, you may obtain a copy of NRC Form 628, FINANCIAL EDI AUTHORIZATION, by calling the Accounts Receivable Help Desk at (301) 415-7554. If you have any questions about EDI/ACH payments, please contact our depositary bank, U.S. Treasury, at 202-874-7026.
Fedwire/TFCS: To send a Fedwire through a Federal Reserve Bank for credit to our account at the U.S. Treasury, see the section entitled, “PROCEDURES FOR ELECTRONIC FUNDS TRANSFER,” which can be found on the second page of the “TERMS AND CONDITIONS” link.
Credit Card: The NRC can accept credit card applications for payment of annual fees. An authorization form is enclosed with each invoice, or a copy may be downloaded by clicking this link: NRC Form 629. Complete and mail the authorization form to our lockbox bank:
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
P.O. Box 979051
St. Louis, MO 63197-9000
Check: Make checks payable to The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and send to our lockbox at the address above. NOTE:Since the payment address is a post office lockbox for the bank, only regular mail or U.S. Postal Service Express Mail can be accepted.
Federal Express/Overnight Delivery Send To:
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
U.S. Bank Government Lockbox
1005 Convention Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63101
Notice to Customers Making Payment by Check
When you provide a check as payment, you authorize us either to use information from your check to make a one-time electronic fund transfer from your account or to process the payment as a check transaction.
Privacy Act – A Privacy Act Statement required by 5 U.S.C. § 552a(e)(3) stating our authority for soliciting and collecting the information from your check, and explaining the purposes and routine uses which will be made of your check information, is available from our internet site at (http://www.fms.treas.gov/otcnet/index.html), or call toll free at (1-866-945-7920) to obtain a copy by mail. Furnishing the check information is voluntary, but a decision not to do so may require you to make payment by some other method.
For the Following Activities:
EDI, ACH, Credit Cards, or Lockbox Receipts
Contact the NRC’s Collection Service Provider, DEVA and Associates located in Rockville, MD:
For Small Entity Certification Questions:
For Other Questions Regarding License Fees or Your Invoice:
Contact the Accounts Receivable License Fee Help Desk:
To assist us in providing a prompt response, please include your license number, docket number, invoice number, if applicable, and a daytime number (including the area code) where you can be reached.
To Contact Us by Mail:
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Office of the Chief Financial Officer
Division of the Controller
Accounts Receivable Branch
Mail Stop T9 E10
Washington, DC 20555-0001
For Questions Regarding Your NRC License or Application for a License:
Contact the appropriate NRC Regional Office:
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