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What to Bring to an Exam Session

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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:

           FCC Registration Number (FRN):  Examinees 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 CORES Registration
           page and the FCC's Registration instructions page.
           Per FCC rules, a valid email address is also mandatory on the
           application form to recieve FCC correspondence, including the official
           copy of your Amateur Radio license.

      2.  One legal photo ID (identification):
           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

      3.  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.

      4.  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.

      5.  If applicable, bring a printed copy of your Amateur Radio license
           or be able to show proof of the license in the official FCC database.
           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
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
all similar electronic devices with a calculator capability, may NOT
           be used.

      8.  Bring a check, a money order or cash to cover the exam session fee(s).
           Check the ARRL VEC’s current exam fees.

      9Be aware that some information about you will be made publicly available
           on the FCC's website (
FCC Licensee Privacy) including a felony conviction
status. All applicants must answer the Basic Qualification Question (felony
conviction status question) on the 605 Form at the exam session. Applicants
that answer "YES" for the question must follow these FCC procedures:
FCC qualification question instructions

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