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We are holding Amateur Radio exams on the third Wednesday of each month January through November at 6PM.   The current fee for taking the exam is $15.00, payable by cash or check made out to ARRL/VEC.   If paying with cash, please have the exact amount because we may not be able to make change.

The FCC has instituted a new question on the application regarding Felony Convictions.   For more information, please see FELONY QUESTION approximately half-way down our second page or click here for further details.

We recommend taking practice exams before taking the exam.   If you can take the practice exam and consistently score at least 90%, you should be ready to pass the actual exam.   Some practice exams may be found at http://aa9pw.com/radio, and http://www.eham.net/exams

All exam elements will be available.

South Sound Manor Event Center
455 North Street SE
Tumwater, WA

What to bring:

Ballpoint Pen and Pencils
- We will clear memories of programmable calculators if they are to be used on the exam.
    Due to the ability of some cell phones to browse the internet, we cannot allow the use of cell phone calculators.
Social Security Number, Tax Identification Number, or FRN - Required by FCC
Legal Photo Identification - To protect your security, please do not leave copies with us.
Examination fee ($15.00) - Cash or check made out to ARRL/VEC
Originals and copies of any paperwork being claimed for credit - If applicable

Paperwork claimed for credit includes unexpired CSCEs, current license, proof of Technician Class licensure prior to 1987, and expired licenses.

The examinaton fee is good for taking all elements until one is failed.   To retake after failing will require another examination fee.

Special Exam Sessions - If you have a group desiring an exam session but are unable to make it to our regularly scheduled session we may be able to accommodate you.   Contact us at the email link at the bottom of this page.

Social Security number, Tax ID number, or FRN - The FCC requires any entity doing business with it to have an FRN.   To obtain an FRN prior to taking an examination, please go to the FCC's webpage http://wireless.fcc.gov/uls and clicking on the Register link.

Lifetime License Credit - If you held an license greater than Technician in the past and it expired more than two years ago, you can regain that license by passing the Technician exam and providing proof of the license.   This means if you held General an Amateur Extra license that expired, passing the Element 2 exam and providing proof of the higher class license will grant a new General or Amateur Extra class licemse being granted.   If the expired license was Advanced, a General class license will be issued.

Morse Code - Morse Code is no longer required for any amateur radio license.   Existing Technician class licensees receive the new privileges automatically.

Exam study guides, question pools, VE manual, and Miscellaneous forms can be found here

Questions about exam or problems with this web page, please email us.