February Testing Session

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West Fargo City Hall

This in-person electronic test session will be conducted using the Exam Tools system; paper tests will not be administered.

Bring Your Own Device (i.e. laptop computer) to ensure that you will be able to take your license test. Only a limited number of loaner laptops are available for use.

How to sign-up for your test

  1. Register at hamstudy.org. First time applicants will receive their FRN (FCC Registration Number) during the registration process. If you already have an FRN you can look it up in the Commission Registration System (CORES) or find it on a printed copy of your license

  2. Pay the $15 test fee ($5 for candidates under 18); it will be be invoiced separately through PayPal after step 1 is completed

What to bring to the test

All test takers must bring

  1. Photo ID

Test takers who did not pre-register on-line must also bring

  1. $15 test fee ($5 for candidates under 18); Cash and checks payable to RRRA VE Team accepted

  2. FRN print out (for new licensees)
    copy of current license (for upgrades)

ℹ Additional information about what to bring to an exam session—including guidance about calculators—is available on the What to Bring to an ARRL Exam Session page,

After you pass your test

You cannot transmit until your license appears in the Universal Licensing System (ULS).

Your test results will be sent electronically to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) through the ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC).

The FCC will review your application and, if you qualify, will e-mail a link with payment instructions for the $35 application fee for an inital license grant to the address you entered on your test application; upgrades are not subject to an application fee. You will have 10 calendar days, from the date of the application file number being issued, to pay. If you fail to pay within the 10-day window, your application will be dismissed by the FCC.

After any required application fee is paid, and the FCC has processed an application, you will receive a second e-mail from the FCC with a link to their official license or, in very rare instances, an explanation for why the application was dismissed or denied. The link will be valid for 30 days. After that time you must obtain an official copy of your license from the ULS.

You do not have to wait for the FCC e-mail to pay your application fee. You can look up your application in the FCC application search system using your FRN. If you have a pending application in the system, that means the VEC has submitted your application to the FCC and the fee can be paid by logging into the CORES system

Please visit ARRL’s FCC Application Fee page for more information.