FAQ: How can I remove my name from telemarketing call lists?

The FCC requires a person or entity placing live telephone solicitations to your home to maintain a record of your request not to receive future telephone solicitations from that person or entity. A record of your do-not-call request must be maintained for ten years. This request should also stop calls from affiliated entities if you would reasonably expect them to be included, given the identification of the caller and the product being advertised. Each time you receive a call from a different person or entity, though, you must request that that person or entity not call you again. Tax-exempt non-profit organizations are not required to keep do-not-call lists.

When you receive telephone solicitation calls, clearly state that you want to be added to the caller’s do-not-call list. You may want to keep a list of those places that you have asked not to call you.
The Direct Marketing Association (DMA) sponsors the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) which maintains a do-not-call list. DMA members are required to use this list. Once you register, your name stays on file for 5 years. You may register (for free) by mailing your name, phone number and signature in a letter to:

Telephone Preference Service
Direct Marketing Association
P.O. Box 9014
Farmingdale, NY 11735-914
You can also register online (cost $5.00) at www.the-dma.org/cgi/offtelephonedave.