Clingman Hamfest
Amateur Radio License Testing

Test starts at 9:30 AM, with an additional session at 11:30 AM if needed. Sign up on the website for a guaranteed spot to take the test! If we have spaces open after that, we will take walk-ins. We will only have room for 6 candidates per session - Sign up on the website to reserve your spot!!
What to Bring to an Amateur Radio License Exam Session:
Your FCC issued Federal Registration Number (FRN); VEC’s are required by the FCC to submit your FRN number with your license application form. Your SSN is no longer accepted at the exam session, you must register your SSN with the FCC before exam day.  Once you have a FCC issued FRN, you will use that on the application. For instructions on how to register your SSN with the FCC and receive a FRN, visit the FCC's Registration page and the FCC's Registration instructions page.
One legal photo ID (identification):
State Driver’s License
Government issued Passport
Military or Law Enforcement Officer Photo ID card
Student School Photo ID card
State Photo ID card

If no photo ID is available, two forms of identification: Non-photo State ID card (some states still have them)
Birth certificate (must have the appropriate seal)
Social security card
Employer's wage statement or Minor's work permit
School ID card
School or Public Library card
Utility bill, bank statement or other business correspondence that specifically names the person; or a postmarked envelope addressed to the person at his or her current mailing address as it appears on the Form 605.

Students/minors without a photo ID need to bring only one of the above items if a legal guardian presents their photo ID; otherwise two non-photo IDs are required. Minor children (under the age of 18) may be accompanied in the room by an adult during the test.
If applicable, bring either a photocopy of your current Amateur Radio license or a reference copy printed out from the FCC website, the license information printed from the ARRL website or the QRZ website, or the original(s) and photocopy(s) of any Certificates of Successful Completion of Examination (CSCE) you may hold from previous exam sessions. If your license has already been issued by FCC, the CSCE showing license credit is not needed. The photocopy(s) will not be returned. Instructions on how to obtain an official FCC license copy are on the "ARRL Obtain License Copy" web page.
Two number two pencils with erasers and a pen.
A calculator with the memory erased and formulas cleared is allowed.  You may not bring any written notes or calculations into the exam session. Slide rules and logarithmic tables are acceptable, as long as they're free of notes and formulas. Cell phones must be silenced or turned off during  the exam session and the phones' calculator function may not be used. In addition, iPhones, iPads, Androids, smartphones, Blackberry devices and all similar electronic devices with a calculator capability, may NOT be used.
Bring a check, a money order or cash (preferred) to cover the exam session fee of $15.00.

You will need to pay the FCC DIRECTLY their $35 processing fee if you are getting a NEW license.  Please use the CORES FRN Registration system ( CORES - Login ).  You will have 10 calendar days, from the date of the application file number being issued, to pay.  Login and pay as soon as the application is in the FCC system. (Approximately 2-5 BUSINESS days after your exam.)

When the FCC receives the examination information from us, it will email a link with payment instructions to you. You will have 10 calendar days, from the date of the application file number being issued, to pay. After the fee is paid, and the FCC has processed an application, you will receive a second email from the FCC with a link to your official license.