License Exams

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The following information is dependent on current COVID alert levels and subject to frequent changes as the COVID-19 situation changes. Please contact the VEC committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the current testing status. W5NC.net and the reflector will be updated as the information becomes available.


 

License exams are offered at the Klein Volunteer Fire Department Station 3 Meeting Room inside the main building. The facility is located at 9755 Landry Blvd. in the Memorial Chase subdivision. For a map and additional information, see Meeting Location on this website.

This testing session will be conducted in person using Computer Based Testing (CBT). Applicants must have their FRN, either to pre-register or to test as a walk-in. 

To find any session, visit https://hamstudy.org/sessions/arrl/inperson. Select In PersonShow,  All VECs, and then type the zip code (77070) into the text box. Click the Filter button to filter the listing to the ZIP code. Scroll through the list to view the available sessions, and then click the session link you prefer. Click the orange Register button near the bottom of the page and complete the registration form.

Parking is provided adjacent to the main building outside the gate to the left of the flagpole.

  • Next test session - Saturday, December 17, 2022
  • Doors open at 8:30 A.M.
  • Testing will be from 9:00 A.M. until 12:00 P.M.
  • Doors close at 12:30 P.M.
  • If you have a temperature or feel ill, please do not attempt to attend the session.
  • We are allowed a maximum of 15 applicants in the building at one time. 
  • Walk-ins are permitted for this session, but pre-registration is encouraged. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information

Please be sure to bring the following items to the exam session:

  • Identification:
    • One legal photo ID (identification):
      • State Driver’s License
      • Student School Photo ID card
    • If no photo ID is available, two forms of identification are required. Acceptable identification may be any two (2) of the following:
VEC’s are required by the FCC to submit your FRN with your license application form. Please register your SSN with the FCC before exam day. Once you have the FCC issued FRN, you may no longer use your SSN on the application. For instructions on how to register your SSN with the FCC and receive your FRN, visit the FCC Registration instructions page.
  • If you currently hold an Amateur Radio License, bring a photocopy of your current Amateur Radio license, a reference copy printed out from the FCC website, or the license information printed from ARRL website or QRZ website,
  • If you have previously taken the exam for any class of license, bring the original(s) and photocopy(s) of the Certificates of Successful Completion of Examination (CSCE) you may hold from previous exam sessions. A copy will be retained by the VEC.
  • Two (2) number two pencils with erasers and a pen.
  • A calculator with the memory erased and formulas cleared is allowed. NO PHONE CALCULATORS
  • A check made out to the ARRL VEC, a money order, or cash to cover the exam session fee(s). The exam fee is $15.00 for each exam, $5.00 for youth under 18 years old.

An additional fee of $35 will be collected by the FCC. This change went into effect on April 19, 2022. The $35 application fee will be paid directly to the FCC by using the CORES FRN Registration system (CORES - Login). When the FCC receives the examination information from the VEC, it will email a link with payment instructions to each successful candidate, who then will have 10 days from the date of the email to pay.

IMPORtANT: The application will be dismissed if you do not submit the payment within 10 days. You will have to request that the we (ARRL VEC) resubmit your paperwork if you miss the 10-day deadline. You do NOT have to retest, however.

After you pay the fee and the FCC has processed your application, you will receive a second email from the FCC with a link to your official license. The link will be good for 30 days.

The $35 application fee will be reimbursed by check to the fee-payer for any candidates younger than 18 years old per the ARRL Youth Licensing Grant program, effective April 19, 2022.

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If you want to learn more about becoming a volunteer examiner, or have questions about the exam, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., ARRL VEC Liaison.

Registration for Upcoming Test Sessions

These are the links for the testing sessions in HamStudy.org for the remainder of the year. 

Ham-in-a-Day Session

For those interested in a guided study session, SouthEast Texas Regional Advisory Council (SETRAC) is offering a one day study session on December 15, 2022. For more information, visit:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ham-radio-ham-in-a-day-course-tickets-405411746447

Additional Informtion

A free weekly live Amateur Radio General Class licensing course on Zoom will begin on Thursday, October 27 and will run through Thursday, January 5. There will be 9 sessions with two breaks for holidays. The three-hour sessions will start at 6:30 PM Eastern Time (5:30 PM Central Time). 

Sessions will be recorded. These are the classes that have been sponsored for years by the National Electronics Museum.  If you wish to join this class, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please feel free to invite others to join as well.

 

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