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Expired License Credit

FCC Offers Partial Credit for Expired Licenses

The FCC revised the Amateur Service Part 97 rules (in July 2014) to grant partial written examination element credit to holders of expired General, Advanced, and Extra Amateur Radio licenses.  A license that has expired and gone beyond the two-year grace period will be canceled in the FCC system. The licensee will not automatically qualify for a new license.  Previous license holders must take the current 35-question Technician level exam at a VE exam session to return to Amateur Radio.  Depending on the previous license class, the FCC will give partial examination element credit for the higher-level exam(s). The FCC will issue a new call sign and a new license when the Technician exam is passed.  Please refer to the Exam Element Credit page for further information and instructions.

The FCC also offers partial credit for pre-1987 Technician licenses.  Please refer to the Exam Element Credit page for further information and instructions.

Proof of the expired license or pre-1987 Technician license must be presented at the exam session.