Federal Do Not Call List
Apart from the firm-specific do-not-call lists, the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission has established a National Do Not Call Registry. Any individual may register their phone in this registry by accessing donotcall.gov or calling toll-free 1-888-382-1222 from the number to register. Once registered, such numbers remain in the list for five years, unless the person withdraws the number from this list.
The law require all cold callers, with a few exceptions, to check the “National Do Not Call Registry" and update entries from the national list to their firm specific do-not-call lists at least once every 31 days.
The federal do-not-call stipulations extend to both organizations and individuals. The only exemptions are political organizations, charities, and telephone surveyors. Other companies may ignore inclusions in the federal do-not-call list only for people with whom they have express written permission to make telephone contacts, or with whom they have an established business relationship. The criteria for determining “business relationships" include having made a financial transaction, security position, money balance, or account activity with the firm within the past 18 months, or the person having contacted the firm regarding some product or service within three months. The do-not-call stipulations do not apply for individuals calling their friends, family members, and acquaintances.