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Field Guide to Do-Not-Call and Do-Not-Fax Laws

(Updated January 2013)
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. (F.Heller, Manager, Virtual Library and Archives)

Sign up to access the registry.


Complying with the Do-Not-Call Law

Information about Compliance with Important Federal Regulations: “Do Not Call” Registry, (National Association of REALTORS®).

Complying with the Telemarketing Sales Rule, (U.S. Federal Trade Commission).

Accessing the "Do-Not-Call" Registry, (National Association of REALTORS®).

Frequently Asked Questions about the Do-Not-Call Registry, (National Association of REALTORS®).

National Do Not Call Registry: FAQs for business, (FTC).

Questions to Ask Before Hiring a DNC Compliance Service, (National Association of REALTORS®).

Summary of Federal Privacy Laws, (National Association of REALTORS®, Sept. 2010).


Creating an Office Do-Not-Call Policy

Model Do-Not-Call Policy, (National Association of REALTORS®).

Creating an Office Policy for DNC Rules, (National Association of REALTORS®).

Do-Not-Call Safe Harbor Provision (Office Policy Guidelines), (National Association of REALTORS®).


More Resources on Do-Not-Call

Are You Prepared For The New TCPA Changes Effective January 14, 2013?, (Mondaq, Jan. 15, 2013).

National Do Not Call Registry Data Book:  FY 2012, (U.S. Federal Trade Commission, 2012).

FCC adopts new telemarketing rules, (National Association of REALTORS®, Feb. 2012).

Truth about wireless phones and the national Do-Not-Call list, (Federal Communications Commission, May 2011).

Do-Not-Call, five years later, (Customer Inter@ction Solutions, Oct. 2008). Q

What You Need to Know About Do-Not-Call Lists, (Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Feb. 2008). Q


Do-Not-Call Websites & Related Information

FTC's National Do Not Call Registry Homepage—Includes FAQs for consumers and businesses, more information on state registries and regulations, and an area for consumers to sign up for the Registry.

FCC's National Do-Not-Call Registry Homepage—Includes information for consumers and businesses, FCC rules and regulations, and a link to the FTC's National Registry.

State Do-Not-Call Lists, (The Direct Marketing Association)—In addition to the federal do-not-call rules, many states also have their own do-not-call laws that REALTORS® must adhere to, while other states have merged their requirements with the federal list. This source offers information on your state's do-not-call requirements.


Do-Not-Fax Regulations

Established business relationship exception, (National Association of REALTORS®).

Fax Advertising Guide, (U.S. Federal Communications Commission).

Stop unwanted faxes, (National Association of REALTORS®).

FCC Do Not Fax Rule: Issue Summary, (NAR Federal Issue Summary, 2009).

Model Fax Consent Form


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Field Guide to Direct Mail

Field Guide to Farming & Prospecting

Field Guide to Reducing Spam E-Mail

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