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How do you sign up for the National Do Not Call Registry?

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To sign up for the National Do Not Call Registry, consumers must visit the registry's website and submit their information. After being on the registry for a month, telemarketing calls to the submitted phone numbers are prohibited.

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The National Do Not Call Registry allows consumers to opt out of receiving most telemarketing calls on their home or mobile phones. The registry is maintained by the Federal Trade Commission and has protected legal status. Telemarketers who place illegal sales calls to phone numbers on the list can be fined up to $16,000 per call.

As of 2015, consumers must submit their contact information at DoNotCall.gov to register for the list, or call 1-888-382-1222 from the phone to be registered. Users can register up to three numbers at a time through the website. The FTC sends new registrants a confirmation email to confirm registration, and after that users can check their numbers on the website to make sure they are registered. If illegal sales calls continue after registering, the website accepts complaints about illegal telemarketing calls, which are prosecuted by the FTC.

Registering on the list does not stop all telemarketing calls, but it does drastically reduce the number of calls. Companies that a consumer actively does business with are still permitted to call, as are political campaigns, charities and debt collectors. The National Do Not Call Registry is intended for home and mobile phone numbers belonging to individuals. Business-to-business calls and faxes are not covered by the registry.

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