To register a number on the National Do Not Call List, visit DoNotCall.gov and click Register a Phone Number. Complete the three required steps to register a number. These three steps include providing and confirming information such as the number to be registered and the email address of the person registering it. To complete the process, click the confirmation link that arrives via the provided email address within 72 hours.
Individuals can also register for the National Do Not Call List by calling the toll-free number provided on the listed website. The call must be placed using the phone associated with the number to be registered. Once registration is complete, sales calls generally begin to decrease within 31 days.
In addition to registration, the website allows users to verify registration and file a complaint against a non-compliant business. As of 2015, the Federal Trade Commission sues businesses and individuals who place unsolicited calls and have secured billions of dollars in legal judgements against offenders.
The FTC cannot respond to every complaint received, but it does analyze every complaint to spot trends and help identify and get action against the responsible parties. Those who place robocalls or unsolicited sales calls can face up to $16,000 per call in fines.