Getting Your License

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 of each month at the East Fork Lodge, 508 Parker Road, Wylie TX 75098, from 9am until 11:00am. Please arrive no later than 10:00 to take a test.

You can find other times and locations to test by going to the ARRL 'Find an Amateur Radio License Exam Session' or the 'W5YI Texas Amateur Exam Teams page'.

Mandatory before the exam:

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.

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 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 VE Coordinator, Bill Caldwell (AC5BC) if you have any questions or to register for a test.

VE Testing Checklist

Best of Luck!!!