How to Put a Number on the "Do Not Call" List for Landlines

By Donna Tinus
Stop telemarketers by registering with the National Do Not Call Registry.

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Stop annoying telemarketing phone calls by adding your phone number to the National Do Not Call Registry, operated by the Federal Trade Commission. You can add your land line phone number and your cellphone numbers. Telemarketers are required to update their lists each month, so you may not see an immediate improvement. Within 30 days, the number of telemarketing calls you receive should decrease by 80 percent.

By Phone

Call the National Do Not Call Registry at 888-382-1222 (TTY: 866-290-4236). At the prompt for English, press "1."

Press "1" when the recording asks whether you are calling to register your phone number. You must be calling from the number you want to register.

Enter your 10-digit phone number, including the area code, when prompted to do so.

Website

Use the Do Not Call Registry website in the Resources section for an optional way to register your phone number on the list. Fill in your phone number and email address and press "Submit."

Confirm that the information is correct on the next page, then click on "Register." Click on "Change" if the information is incorrect, and enter the correct information. Click "Submit."

Open your email and look for an email from register@donotcall.gov. Open this and click on the link provided to confirm your registration. You must do this within 72 hours, or your number will not be registered. If you don't receive an email after a few minutes, check in your "Junk" or "Spam" email folder.

About the Author

Donna Tinus has been a writer since 2005. She has a background in medical terminology and has written articles for various websites on topics such as family, finance, medicine, health, pets, gardening, beauty and relationships. Tinus holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Centenary College.