Getting Your License
FCC retiring their old CORES system and replacing it with a new CORES system effective 11/29/2021
On 29 November 2021, individuals doing business with the Commission are required to provide a valid email address when they register for FCC Registration Numbers (FRNs). Registrants are required to keep their information, including their e-mail address, current.
As a result of the above you should begin using the new CORES URL (https://apps.fcc.gov/cores/) immediately.
Radio License Testing
Monthly testing sessions are held for anyone wanting to obtain their Technician, General, or Amateur Extra license. These "VE" sessions are held on the 2nd Saturday and 3rd Saturday of each month from 9am to 11am. Please arrive no later than 10:00 to take a test. See locations below for the specific session you are interested in.
Mandatory before the exam:
Here is a checklist of items you will need to bring:
Two forms of identification (one must have a picture).
A copy of your two IDs.
A copy of your current license or CSCE (if you are upgrading to General or Amateur Extra).
Pen and Pencil.
Calculator if desired (Use of calculators in cell phones is prohibited).
Testing with the Laurel VE team does not require you to pay a testing fee.
Testing fee of $14 to take the WY5I test, or
$15 to take the ARRL test
Please bring cash
No reservation is needed, but advanced notice via email to the VE Coordinator would be appreciated.
Contact the Laurel VE Team Lead, John Smyder (W5JWS) if you have any questions or to register with the Laurel team for a test.
Contact the W5YI VE Coordinator, Bill Caldwell (AC5BC) if you have any questions or to register with the W5YI team for a test.
Best of Luck!!!