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Upgrading to a General License

LEVEL 2: General Class License

  • Exam Requirements: 35-question General written exam (Element 3). 
  • License Privileges: All VHF/UHF Amateur bands and most HF privileges (10 through 160 meters).

The General Class license is the second of three US Amateur Radio licenses. To upgrade to General Class, you must already hold a Technician Class license (or have recently passed the Technician license exam). Upgrading to a General license--which conveys extensive HF privileges—only requires passing a written examination. Once you do, the entire range of operating modes and the majority of the amateur spectrum below 30 MHz become available to you. The FCC grants exam Element 3 credit to individuals that previously held certain older types of licenses. Find valid forms of Examination Element Credit.

ARRL General Class License Manual

All You Need To Pass Your General Class Exam!

  • Pass the 35-question General Class test.
  • All the Exam Questions with Answer Key 
  • NEW! Use with ARRL's online Exam Review for Ham Radio.
  • Detailed explanations for all questions, including FCC rules.

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General Class License Resources

  • Study for the General License

    Find resources to help you prepare to upgrade to a general class license. Learn More

  • General Class Question Pool

    Check out how you can obtain a copy of the general class question pool. Learn More

  • Find a Class

    ARRL can help you find an Amateur Licensing Class closest to you Learn More

  • Find a Test Location

    Find an in-person ham radio exam location in your area or schedule an online exam. Online and in-person tests are given regularly. Learn More

  • Become a Volunteer Examiner

    Serve the Amateur Radio community by administering in-person or online exam sessions. Learn More

  • Public Service

    Use Your License to Serve the Community. Learn More


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