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Getting Ready

Redding ARRL VE Team

Getting Ready in Advance of the Exam

Please do as much studying as you can prior to the examination (See Study Guides). Pre-Registration is preferred.


2. Get your FRN number (See FRN/FCC FAQ).

3. Pre-Register by email. (See Pre-Registration)

4. Assemble your documents to bring with you on the day of the exam. Include:

††††††† A)† Your license and a photocopy of it.

†††††††††† If applicable, bring the original and a photocopy of your current †††††††††††† Amateur Radio license and any Certificates of Successful †††††††††††† Completion of Examination (CSCE) you may hold from previous †††††††††††† exam sessions. The photocopy(s) will not be returned.

††††††† B)† Photo IDóDriverís License, Passport or Student ID

††††††††† When no photo ID is available, two forms of identification must
          be presented:
a. non-photo ID/driver's license (some states still have them)
b. birth certificate (must have the appropriate seal)
c. social security card
d. library card
e. 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.

††††††† C)† Your FRN number (or Social Security Number)

†††††††††† † Bring your Social Security Number (SSN) or your FCC issued †††††††††††† Federal† Registration Number (FRN). VECís are required by FCC to †††††††††††† submit† either your SSN or your FRN number with your license †††††††††††† application form. If you prefer not to give your SSN, then you may †††††††††††† use your FCC issued FRN, if you have one. For instructions on how †††††††††††† to register your SSN with the FCC and receive a FRN, visit the FRN †††††††††††† FAQ Tab and/or the FCC's registration instructions page.

†††††††† D) A check made out to ARRL/VEC for $15.00

†††††††† E) A calculator

†††††††††††††††† 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 turned off during the exam session.  Cell phone †††††††††††† calculators cannot be used during exams.

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