VE Sessions
What to bring?

definitely not a cheat sheet

What to bring an exam session:

  1. Forms of identification
    For detailed list of accepted forms of ID, including for minors and students, Please check the ID requirements page.

  2. Social Security Number (SSN), or Federal Reregistration number (FRN)
    VEC’s are required by the FCC to submit either your SSN or your FRN number with your license application form. If you prefer not to give your SSN at the exam session, then you may register your SSN with the FCC before exam day. Once you have an 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 a FRN, visit the FCC's Registration page and the FCC's Registration instructions page.
    Go to for a video on creating an FCC account and getting your FRN.

  3. If up-grading your license:
    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 ARRL website or 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.

  4. A number two pencil and a pen

  5. 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 phone 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.

  6. Payment:
    Bring a check, a money order or cash to cover the exam session fee of $15.

    Check or money order should be made out to “ARRL VEC”.