Stay in compliance with Do Not Call Registry rules
All telemarketers and sellers (including Realtors) calling consumers in the United States are required to download the numbers on the Do Not Call Registry to ensure they do not call those who have registered their phone numbers.
The first five area codes are free. Telemarketers must subscribe each year for access to the Registry numbers.
Effective Oct. 1, 2016, telemarketers will pay $61 for access to Registry phone numbers in a single area code, up to a maximum charge of $16,714 for all area codes nationwide. The fee for accessing an additional area code for half a year is $30.
These charges will give the telemarketer access to the area codes they select for one year. Exemptions for complying with the Do Not Call Registry rules include informational calls, survey or political calls, calls promoting a political party or candidate, business-to-business calls, solicitations for charitable contributions, calls involving an established prior business relationship within 18 months preceding a call and calls to consumers who have given written permission to call.
FSBO’s and expired listings are not exempted from the application of the federal Do Not Call rules. Access the National Do Not Call Registry here.
Since it takes time for Florida to upload its list into the federal registry, real estate licensees should also check Florida’s Do Not Call list. Find more information by visiting the Florida Do Not Call Program website here.