Amateur Radio License Exam

Sorry, license exams are not being offered at this time.

Getting Licensed: Before you can start using ham radio, you need to be licensed. Fortunately, that isn’t hard! Here are the basic requirements:

  • Have a valid individual FCC Registration Number (FRN).
    If you don’t have an FRN yet, request one at (learn more)
  • Have a valid U.S. mailing address
  • Have a valid email address
  • Pass a written exam
  • Pay a testing fee (typically ranges from $0-15)
  • Pay a $35 FCC licensing fee

Amateur radio licensing is managed by the Federal Communications Commision (FCC) but testing is conducted by volunteers who are existing amateur radio operators. Being licensed means that your name is listed in the FCC Universal Licensing System with an associated ham radio callsign. Read more about the requirements and license classes.

What do you bring to an ARRL amateur radio license exam session?
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In-person Testing Registration

You may also obtain or upgrade your amateur radio license online. Several VE groups are conducting large-scale, remotely administered exams every day, completely online. Typically one only needs a computer with a camera, microphone and a reliable, broadband internet connection as well as a quiet space in which to take the exam.

Online Testing Info

Please note that SBARC does not organize or endorse these testing services. The above link is provided for information purposes only.

Be sure to read all of the information from the VE team you choose. Each group has specific instructions for registering, which often includes advance payment of the testing fee and formal registration. This is to ensure that those who do participate have everything they need and to weed out people who don’t follow directions. Basically, if you don’t read the VE team’s instructions, there is a good chance you won’t be testing.

Studying for the Exam: There are several publishers of amateur radio exam preparation materials. Each offer their own advantages. In addition to the materials at the link below, there are numerous other practice exam sites and mobile apps in the iOS and Android app stores. Please note that SBARC does not endorse any particular exam preparation materials.  These links are provided for information purposes only.

Exam Prep Resources

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