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FCC License Exam Information - Next exam session to be announced

The East Greenbush Amateur Radio Association holds FCC Amateur Radio license exam sessions three times per year.  The next exam session will be announced on our website as soon as it is scheduled. Exams are held for all licenses classes -- Tech, General & Extra.  If you are interested in taking an exam, scheduled sessions can be found at:  Remember, the Amateur Extra exam changes July 1st and will cover new technologies.  You may wish to take the exam before the new question pool takes effect, as it may be more difficult to pass.

Walk-ins are welcome, but pre-registration is recommended.  Please email W2RBJ (at) if you are interested in taking a licensing exam so we can let you know when the next exam session will be held.

This a great opportunity to get your Amateur Radio License or upgrade your existing license. Your best chance of passing is by being prepared.  Online training and testing is a valuable resource and can easily be found with a quick search of the web.  Details of what you need to take your exam can be found below.


You MUST have an FCC Registration Number in advance to take the test.  See item #4 below for details.

If you are interested in taking your Amateur Radio licensing exam, please email W2RBJ (at) and include what license exam you want to take (Technician, General or Extra).  We need this information to ensure we have the correct number of exams and paperwork on hand.


The cost is $15 and can be paid by cash or check. New license applicants must also pay a $35 fee directly to the FCC once they pass their exam.  Please read the information below to ensure you bring all necessary documents.

What to Bring to an ARRL License Exam Session:

      1.  One legal photo ID (identification).  Acceptable types include:
          a. State Driver’s License
          b. Government issued Passport
          c. Military or Law Enforcement Officer Photo ID card
          d. Student School Photo ID card
          e. State Photo ID card

     2.  If no photo ID is available, two forms of identification:
          a. Non-photo State ID card (some states still have them)
          b. Birth certificate (must have the appropriate seal)
          c. Social security card
          d. Employer's wage statement or Minor's work permit
          e. School ID card
          f. School or Public Library card
          g. Utility bill, bank statement or other business correspondence that
              specifically names the person; or a postmarked envelope addressed
              to the person at his or her current mailing address as it appears on
              the Form 605.

     3.  Students/minors without a photo ID need to bring only one of the
          above items if a legal guardian presents their photo ID; otherwise 
          two non-photo IDs are required.
          Minor children (under the age of 18) may be accompanied in the 
          room by an adult during the test.

     4.  FCC Registration Number (FRN):  VECs are required by the FCC
          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 Commission
          Registration System (CORES) before attending exam sessions. 
          Registrants will be assigned an FRN which will be used in all license
          transactions with the FCC. For instructions on how to register your
          SSN and receive an FRN from the FCC, visit the FCC's Registration
          page and the FCC's Registration instructions page.
          Per FCC rules, a valid email address is also mandatory on the
          application form.

     5.  If applicable, bring a printed copy of your Amateur Radio license.
          Acceptable copies or printouts of licenses are available from the
          following sources: the official license or reference license printed
          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 from
          previous exam sessions. If your license has already been issued by
          the FCC, the CSCE showing license credit is not needed. The
          candidate is require to show proof of the current license to the team 
          but the team is no longer required to submit the proof to the VEC.
          Expired license proof must be submitted to the team and to the
          VEC for processing to FCC. These photocopies will not be returned.
          Instructions on how to obtain an official FCC license copy are on
          our Obtain License Copy web page.

     6.  Two number two pencils with erasers and a pen for in-person sessions. 

     7.  A calculator with the memory erased and formulas cleared is allowed. 
          You may not bring any written notes or calculations into the exam session.
          Slide rules and logarithmic tables are acceptable, as long as they're free
          of notes and formulas. Cell phone must be silenced or turned off during 
          the exam session and the phones' calculator function may not be used.
          In addition, iPhones, iPads, Androids, smartphones, Blackberry devices
          and all similar electronic devices with a calculator capability, may NOT
          be used.

     8.  Bring a check, a money order or cash for $15 to cover the exam session fee(s).
          Check the ARRL VEC’s current exam fees.
  The FCC is now also charging new

          licensees a $35 fee.  This is payable directly to the FCC and a link will be sent

           by email to those who successfully pass their exam.  You must have a

          valid email address in order for the FCC to process your license.

     9.  Be aware that some information about you will be made publicly available
          on the FCC's website: FCC Licensee Privacy     

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