The National Do Not Call Registry is a government registry that allows you to enter your home and cell phone numbers to prevent telemarketing calls. Thirty-one (31) days after registering your number you should no longer receive telemarketing calls.
There are some exceptions to the rule:
- You can file a complaint, whether you are registered, anytime you receive a recorded message and not a live person.
- You can still receive calls from some organizations such as charities, political organizations and telephone surveyors.
- You can receive calls from debt collectors even if you are in the registry.
The National Do Not Call Registry gives you a choice about whether to receive telemarketing calls at home. Most telemarketers should not call your number once it has been on the registry for 31 days. If they do, you can file a complaint with the FTC. You can register your home or mobile phone for free.
The US government does not sell your number to telemarketers. Telemarketers are barred from using automated dialers or recorded messages.
- You may register your home number and your cellular number.
- There is no deadline to register your phones.
- Once registered your number remains active in the registry unless canceled.
- There is only one National Do Not Call List operated by the Federal Trade Commission.
- Register on the National Do Not Call Registry by visiting www.donotcall.gov. To register by telephone, consumers may call 1-888-382-1222: for TTY call 1-866-290-4236. You must call from the phone number you wish to register.