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 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:

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!!!