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Chattanooga Amateur Radio Club

"Discover the magic and camaraderie of amateur radio!"

What To Bring to Your FCC Test Session

As you prepare to take your FCC Test for your Amateur Radio License, we want you to know:

  1. The team of Volunteer Examiners (VEs) that will administer the testing session want you to pass and embark on your lifelong journey of fun, enjoyment, and service in Amateur Radio.  They are on your side but want you to be proud in your personal achievement having “won your spurs” through study, preparation, and honesty in and during the test session.

  2. The VE Team requires and expects that you have diligently prepared for the test using a variety of resources that are available to you on the Internet and in written form so that you are comfortable with the material and will be able to complete the test in a reasonable amount of time.

  3. The VE Team requires and expects you to conform to usual and customary requirements to honestly pass the exam through your own knowledge and study and to not interfere, disturb, “borrow answers from”, or otherwise affect others that are in the same test session.

  4. The VE Team will fully adhere and conform to rules established for test generation, preparation, and administration of the test so don’t ask or expect them to do otherwise.  There is a reason that Amateur Radio Operators represent about 0.2 percent of the U.S. population…We Earn Our Licenses.

What to bring:

  • Legal Photo ID (Or two (2) other IDs such as non-photo ID/driver’s license, birth certificate (must have the appropriate seal), social security card, library card, utility bill, bank statement or other business correspondence that specifically names the person

  • $15 cash (There is an ATM in the Arena Lobby)

  • Social Security Number (SSN) or your FCC-issued Federal Registration Number (FRN)

    VEC’s are required by the FCC to submit either your SSN or your FRN number with your license application form.  If you prefer not to give your SSN at the exam session, then you may register your SSN with the FCC before exam day (see below).

    Please obtain your FRN from the FCC Universal Licensing System (ULS).

    Click on “Register” and follow the prompts.

    The FRN you are issued will be your ONLY method of retrieving, printing, modifying and updating your license information with the FCC.

  • Two number two pencils with erasers and a pen

  • A calculator with the memory erased and formulas cleared is allowed.  You may not bring any written notes or calculations into the exam session.