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.

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:

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 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.

To find other test sessions check out the ARRL "Find an Amateur Radio License Exam in Your Area", the Laurel Exam Schedule, or the W5YI Texas Amateur Exam Teams page.

Best of Luck!!!