Exam sessions are conducted by volunteers working under the direction of
the FCC and a Volunteer Exam Coordinator (VEC). There will likely be a
charge for taking the exam. The exam fee is set by the VEC and is
usually $15 or less. Contact the exam session administrator to determine
the fee that applies to the exam session you plan to attend, the
documents required and to verify the session date and time. VEC
organizations may have different policies regarding candidate procedures
and requirements. The FCC does not charge a fee to issue an
initial license or for standard changes to a license. However, there may
be fees for other FCC services.
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What to Bring to an ARRL Exam Session:
One legal photo ID (identification):
or Law Enforcement Officer Photo ID card
School Photo ID card
Photo ID card
If no photo ID is available, two forms of identification:
State ID card (some states still have them)
certificate (must have the appropriate seal)
wage statement or Minor's work permit
or Public Library card
bill, bank statement or other business correspondence that
specifically names the person; or a postmarked envelope
to the person at his or her current mailing address as it
the Form 605.
Students/minors without a photo ID need to bring only one of the
above items if a legal guardian presents their photo ID;
two non-photo IDs are required.
children (under the age of 18) may be accompanied in the
room by an adult during the test.
FCC Registration Number (FRN): VECs are required by
to submit your FRN with your license application form.
New license applicants must create an FCC user account and
register their Social Security Number (SSN) in the FCC
Registration System (CORES)
before attending exam sessions.
Registrants will be assigned an FRN which will be used in all
transactions with the FCC. For
instructions on how to register your
SSN and receive an FRN from the FCC, visit the FCC's
page and the FCC's
Registration instructions page.
Per FCC rules, a valid email address is also mandatory on
If applicable, bring a printed copy of your Amateur Radio license.
Acceptable copies or printouts of licenses are available from
sources: the official license or reference
from the FCC website or license data printed from the ARRL website
or QRZ website.
The original(s) and photocopy(s) of any Certificates
of Successful Completion of Examination (CSCE) you may hold
previous exam sessions. If your license has already been
the FCC, the CSCE showing license credit is not needed. The
candidate is require to show proof of the current license to
but the team is no longer required to submit the proof to the
Expired license proof must be submitted to the team and to
VEC for processing to FCC. These photocopies will not be
on how to obtain an official FCC license copy are on
License Copy web
Two number two pencils with erasers and a pen for in-person sessions.
A calculator with the memory erased and formulas cleared is allowed.
You may not bring any written notes or calculations into the
and logarithmic tables are acceptable, as long as they're free
notes and formulas. Cell phone must be silenced or turned off
the exam session and the phones' calculator function may not
addition, iPhones, iPads, Androids, smartphones, Blackberry devices
and all similar electronic devices with a calculator
capability, may NOT
Bring a check, a money order or cash to cover the exam session fee(s).
Check the ARRL VECís current exam
aware that some information about you will be made publicly available
on the FCC's website: FCC