VE Sessions

– – Updated April 4, 2022 – –

     Due to the COVID 19 concerns, PCARS had shut down in-person VE testing to ensure the safety of our VE team members and the applicants that wanted to take a test for their new amateur radio license or to upgrade.

 *** Check the website for the latest information ***

     If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me at  On behalf of the VE team at PCARS, we all look forward to seeing you at the PCARS club site in Ravenna so you can take your license test. Face masks are not State/County mandated at this time, but you are always welcome to wear one.

PCARS VE sessions are scheduled for 10:00 am on the first Saturday of every even numbered

month at the PCARS club site in Ravenna.

WALK-INS will be accepted.

  • You must have your FRN prior to taking an exam – No SSNs will be used on the Form 605 anymore.
  • If you are sick, have a cough, a high temperature or have been exposed to COVID-19 or someone that has been infected – please, do not come to the club site. Use of masks is still encouraged.
  • No food or snacks allowed.
  • $15.00 Fee Payment will only be by check or exact change. We cannot make change
    If paying by check, make check out to: “ARRL-VEC” The VE Fee is $15.00
  • Ensure you have the following:
    • A picture ID such as a valid Driver’s License, State ID, School ID, or US Passport.
    • If you are under 16 years of age, a parent or guardian must be able to vouch for you and you need a copy of your birth certificate (you do not have to give us a copy, we just have to see and verify).
    • FCC is requiring you have your e-mail address on the Form 605.
    • If you are taking a Technician test you must have your FRN number (you can apply for an FRN on the FCC website). For hams having a license, your FRN is printed on your license.
    • If you are upgrading to General or Extra – You MUST bring your original valid amateur radio license and a copy of your valid amateur radio license to turn in with your Form 605.
    • Bring your own pencils and pens.
    • Calculators are okay to use (if you need one) as long as the memories are cleared.
    • NO cell Phones allowed

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Additional Information – What to Bring to the Testing Session

  • If you’ve already passed a test: The original (and one copy) of any document that you will use to prove you’ve already passed a test element.
    • These documents may include:
      • An unexpired Certificate of Successful Completion of Exam (CSCE) indicating the credit(s) earned.
      • Original and copy of a pre-March 21, 1987 Technician license (this provides credit for the Element 3 [General] exam) – you must be currently licensed to get this credit.

Expired License? Original and a copy of your expired Amateur Radio License – you must take and pass Element number 2 to re-instate your license.


 First-Time Exam Applicants MUST Obtain FCC Registration Number BEFORE Taking Exam

     As of May 20, 2021, all amateur examination applicants are required to provide an FCC Registration Number (FRN) to the Volunteer Examiners (VEs) BEFORE taking an amateur exam. This is necessary due to changes the FCC has made to its licensing system. Applicants will create an FCC username and account, respond to the verification email from FCC, and then register for the FRN. Register on the FCC’s Commission Registration System (CORES):

Social Security Numbers are NO LONGER ACCEPTED
at Exam Sessions

     Amateur candidates who already have an FCC license, whether for amateur radio or in another service, already have an FRN and can use the same number – it is printed on your current license. All prospective new FCC licensees, however, will be required to obtain an FRN before the examination and provide that number to the volunteer examiners on the Form 605 license application. An FCC instructional video ( provides step-by-step instructions on how to obtain an FRN through the FCC’s CORES system.  The FRN is required for all new applicants to take an amateur exam and is used afterward by the applicant to download the license document from the FCC Universal Licensing System (ULS) (, upgrade the license, apply for a vanity call sign, and to submit administrative updates (such as address and email changes) and renewal applications.

Email Addresses REQUIRED

     As of June 29, 2021 all applications will be required to contain an email address for FCC correspondence. Applicants will receive an email direct from the FCC with a link to the official electronic copy of their license whenever a license is issued or changed. ARRL VEC suggests that those without access to email to use the email address of a family member or friend. Licensees will be able to log in to the ULS using their FRN and password to download the latest version of their license at any time. The FCC no longer provides paper license documents.

New FCC $35 Amateur Application Fee –
Effective as of April 19, 2022

     March 23, 2022 – The FCC released a Public Notice stating that the amateur radio application fees, including those associated with Form 605 application filings, would become effective on April 19, 2022. The Federal Communications Commission’s authority to impose and collect fees is mandated by Congress.

    April 4, 2022 – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) staff has clarified in response to an ARRL request that the new $35 application fee will not apply to most license modifications, including those to upgrade an amateur radio licensee’s operator class and changes to club station trustees. The FCC staff explained that the new fees will apply only to applications for a new license, renewal, rule waiver, or a new vanity call sign. As previously announced, the new fees take effect on April 19, 2022.

We are pleased that the FCC will not charge licensees the FCC application fee for license upgrade applications,” said ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) Manager Maria Somma, AB1FM. “While applicants for a new license will need to pay the $35 FCC application fee, there will be no FCC charge for future upgrades and administrative updates, such as a change of mailing or email address. Most current licensees, therefore, will not be charged the new FCC application fee until they renew their license or apply for a new vanity call sign.

     VECs and Volunteer Examiner (VE) teams will not have to collect the $35 fee at exam sessions. Once the FCC application fee takes effect, new and upgrade applicants will pay the $15 exam session fee to the ARRL VE team as usual and pay the $35 application fee directly to the FCC by using the CORES FRN Registration system (CORES – Login).  VEC and VE team licensing procedures will not change.

     When the FCC receives the examination information from the VEC, it will email a link with payment instructions to each successful candidate. The candidate will have 10 calendar days, from the date of the application file number being issued, to pay. After the fee is paid, and the FCC has processed an application, examinees will receive a second email from the FCC with a link to their official license. The link will be good for 30 days.

     Per usual procedures, examinees that pass multiple exams at one session, will have one application transmitted to the FCC reflecting the highest level license class earned. Again, our procedures will not change. The candidates will have an extra step before the license is issued. VE teams can point candidates to our FCC Application Fee webpage Our new ARRL VEC CSCEs also include information about the application fee and points candidates to the webpage.

     Additionally, the FCC stated that applications processed and dismissed will not be entitled to a refund. This includes vanity requests where the applicant does not receive the requested call sign. However, returned applications that are missing information will not require an additional fee, if the missing information is given to the FCC within the proper amount of time.

Youth Licensing Grant Program

     Anticipating the implementation of the fee in 2022, the ARRL Board of Directors, at its July 2021 meeting, approved the “ARRL Youth Licensing Grant Program.” Under the program, ARRL will cover a one-time $35 application fee for license candidates younger than 18 years old for tests administered under the auspices of the ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (ARRL VEC). Qualified candidates also would pay a reduced exam session fee of $5 to the ARRL VEC. ARRL is finalizing details for administering the program.

     Further news and instructions will follow as the FCC releases them. Details for the ARRL Youth Licensing Grant Program will be similarly posted, when available.

ARRL VEC Application Fees webpage: 

ARRL News Story: 

FCC CORES Video Tutorials:

FCC Registration Help:

Last Update: 4 April 2022