Signing up to be included in the National Registry is a choice and is extremely simple in that a request can be completed online by answering a few simple questions or by calling directly. Although it does not impact the amount of "junk mail" an individual might receive through postal services, it does reduce, and in some cases completely eliminate, telephone calls to land lines as well as cell phones. Once registered it takes about 31 days for the calls to cease and to verify if a phone number is no longer on the list, you can access the registry online at www.donotcall.gov or call the toll free number at 1-888-382-1222. Over 90% of individuals on the list notice a reduction in unsolicited calls which continues to drop with time.
NOTE: If you've received a call and would like to report it use callercenter.com
Even after registering, you can also change your mind at any time by calling 1-888-382-1222 from the phone you would like to delete. For instance, by calling from a land line, that number will be deleted from the list within 24 hours. Again, telemarketers are given 31 days to be informed that you have, again, made yourself available to their inquiries. Even as effective as it is, however, there are certain constraints built into the law:
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Many other aspects of the program can be found by visiting the National Do Not Call Registry website at www.donotcall.gov. Individual states can also have additional restrictions when it comes to telemarketing calls, but the FCC's requirements impact some state laws so it's always a good idea to visit the FCC website at www.fcc.gov for clarification. You can also acquire additional information from the FTC by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by making a request in writing at:
National Do Not Call Registry
Attn: DNC Program Manager
Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20580
The National Do Not Call Registry was originally created in order to provide consumers with a choice as to whether or not they wished to receive telemarketing calls. The Federal Trade Commission's decision to generate legislation controlling access to consumer phone numbers was based on a 3-year review of the Telemarketing Sales Rules and was supported by the FTC's experience at enforcing those rules over a 7-year period.
This Registry is managed by the FTC, which is the nation's consumer protection agency. Today the Do Not Call list is not only enforced by the FTC, but the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and state law enforcement officials as well. Although it covers telemarketers, the same law does not apply to charitable organizations, political parties, or marketing researchers who use surveys to guide decision making in the market.