VE License Exams

It is not known yet if the Tue Jul 28 exam session will take place.  Info will be posted here.

The MMARC Volunteer Examiner Team is sponsored by the Laurel VEC.  We administer free amateur radio exams Jan - Nov at the National Electronics Museum.  The museum is located at 1745 West Nursery Road, Linthicum Heights, MD.

There is limited parking alongside the building just past the museum entrance as you drive in. More parking is available in a free lot behind the building.

Pre-registration for exams is not required, but appreciated, and can be done by emailing Mike at You can expedite the registration process if you email the information requested here prior to the exam session. Walk-ins are welcome provided there is time to administer exams to the number of applicants who arrive, which is normally not a problem.

Exams available: Technician, General, and Amateur Extra exams are available at all sessions.  Applicants may take any exam(s) they have prepared for. Applicants who are not successful may be allowed, at the discretion of the VEs, to retest at the same session if they were very close to passing and there is time.

Exams are given on 4th Tuesdays from January through November.  There is no testing in December.  An additional exam session in January is conducted at the annual MMARC hamfest near the end of the month.  See the hamfest page on this web site for further information about exams at the hamfest, including the location and directions.

Exam sessions are scheduled for these dates, which also appear on the MMARC club calendar. All sessions are at the National Electronics Museum unless otherwise shown:

  • 2020
    • Tue Jun 23 - Cancelled
    • Tue Jul 28
    • Tue Aug 25
    • Tue Sep 22
    • Tue Oct 27
    • Tue Nov 24
    • Dec - no exam session
  • 2021

4th Tuesday exams begin between 6:00 - 6:30 PM depending on how many applicants there are, after registration has been completed.  Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the start if possible and not later than about 6:30.  You will not be able to enter the museum before 5:45 PM.

How to find the exam room at the museum: There will usually be someone at the reception desk to direct you. Most exam sessions are conducted in Pioneer Hall, but may be in the museum library or the conference room.  To find Pioneer Hall, turn left at the reception desk as you enter the main entrance and walk in that direction as straight as possible through the exhibits. To find the library, go down the hall on the right side of the reception desk as you enter the main entrance.  The library is on the left.  The conference room is diagonally to the left almost all the way across the building from the reception desk.  You will have to make your way through several exhibit rooms and around many of the exhibits to get to the conference room.

  • Bring a government-issued photo ID to your exam session.  Young applicants who do not have a government-issued photo ID may use other forms of ID including a school ID, library card, or report card.
  • Bring the most current unexpired CSCE issued at a previous test session if your current license class is not yet showing in the FCC database.  You will be allowed to take your exam but the results might not be processed until any pending actions have been completed. CSCEs that have been altered in any way will not be accepted.
  • It is recommended that you do not conduct any other amateur radio-related transactions with the FCC until your exam results and any other pending actions have been processed and you have the results from the FCC. Exam results from MMARC sessions are usually processed within a few business days.
  • Acceptable material may be used in certain cases for exam credit.  Acceptable exam credit is listed here.
  • FCC Registration Number (FRN):
    • The FCC requires you to use an FRN if you have one and a Social Security Number if you do not. The FRN is a unique number the FCC uses to identify you. Soon the FCC will only accept FRNs. Our policy is to use only your FRN. If you need assistance obtaining an FRN a VE may be able to help you at your exam session (see info below about a change as of March 1 2019). You can speed up the process at the exam session if you obtain your FRN ahead of time and bring it with you, and it is highly recommend you do so.
    • If you currently have an Amateur Radio license your FRN will appear on your license and in the FCC CORES database.  You might already have an FRN if you applied for a GMRS license or had some other transaction with the FCC.
    • If you have an FRN it is helpful to bring a printout from the FCC web site to the exam session. Being able to display it electronically your smartphone or a computer at the exam session instead of a printout is fine. An FRN can be obtained here. Your Social Security Number is required when applying for an FRN.
    • If you are taking your first amateur radio exam and you do not have an FRN by the time you leave the exam session, do not apply for it on your own after passing the exam.  For a limited time, FCC will assign an FRN along with your new call sign.  If you plan to take an exam to upgrade your license at a subsequent session with MMARC or any other organization, apply for a vanity call sign, or conduct any other transaction with the FCC, wait for your FRN to be assigned first.  New FRN's and call signs in this case are usually assigned within a few business days of passing your exam at an MMARC session.
    • Beginning March 1, 2019, the new CORES system must be used to obtain and manage your FRN. The new system has an extra layer of security that requires you to have an email address to create an account, and to access your email at that address to verify your identity. It is highly recommended that if you do not have an FRN, you obtain one before coming to your exam session. If you need assistance obtaining an FRN at an exam session, we will only be able to help you if you are able to access your email at the exam session. We usually have a computer available that can be used to access CORES and your email. But, you have to know how to access your email from someone else's computer. Or, you can use your smartphone.
    • FCC CORES Registration Tutorial Video using the new CORES system.
  • The FCC will not automatically mail a paper license with a new, modified, or renewed grant.  If you want a paper copy of your license from the FCC you must log into the ULS system on the FCC web site with your FRN and set your paper preference accordingly before your exam results are uploaded by the VE team to the FCC.  If this is done the FCC will mail you a copy of your license printed on plain white paper, which you can also do yourself from the FCC web site.  To ensure your preference is set prior to the upload of your exam results you must do this before coming to the exam session.  The VE team cannot do this for you.  Note that the FCC considers their electronic record to be the official record of your license. Click here for instructions on obtaining a paper copy of your license or download it below.
  • If you want to receive an authorization from the FCC by email, you must include a valid, legible email address on LARC-VEC Form 605.
  • LARC-VEC Form 605 will be computer-generated for you at most MMARC exam sessions.  The form is available here, but we will computer-generate LARC-VEC Form 605 for you at most MMARC exam sessions even if you bring a filled out one with you. Blank forms are available at exam sessions for use when needed.
  • You must provide a US mailing address on LARC-VEC Form 605 at which the FCC can reach you via the US Postal Service.  A US mailing address is required even if you reside outside of the US. PO boxes may be used. Name and mailing address changes require proof. Examples of acceptable proof are any document that indicates your new address such as a driver’s license or library card, or that indicates you receive mail at the new address such as a tax bill, electric bill, water bill, etc.  Please contact Mike at before coming to an exam session if you have any questions about name or address changes.
  • License renewals: MMARC accepts LARC-VEC Form 605 for license renewals for individuals at exam sessions.   We cannot renew club call signs. A government-issued photo ID is required. Licenses can only be renewed during the 90-day period prior to the license expiration date or within the 2-year period grace following the expiration date.

What to bring to your MMARC exam session:

  • A government-issued photo ID.

  • FRN if you have one. It is highly recommended that you obtain your FRN before coming to the exam session, and to bring a printout from the FCC web site, or to be able to display it on your phone or other device.

  • Unexpired CSCE issued at a previous exam session if your previous exam results have not been processed by the FCC yet, or other acceptable material if claiming exam credit. Acceptable exam credit items are listed here.

  • Optional:

    • Calculators will be available to borrow at the exam session.  You may bring a calculator to use as long as nothing is programmed in it or stored in its memories.  You may not use the calculator in a smartphone or cell phone.  Cell phones, any devices than can be connected to the internet, other electronic devices, or devices that make noise must be turned off and out of sight during your exam.

    • Pens and pencils are provided at the exam session.  Forms are filled out in ink or printed using a computer.  Exams may be taken in pencil.

    • LARC-VEC Form 605 filled out.  We will computer-generate LARC-VEC Form 605 for you at most MMARC exam sessions even if you bring a filled out one with you. Blank forms are available at exam sessions for use when needed.

    • Original or copy of your amateur radio license, if you are currently licensed.

The instructions that are given to applicants at the beginning of exam sessions are available here.  This will tell you what to expect at an exam session.

Candidates passing their Technician Class exam at an MMARC VE exam session receive a one-year free MMARC club membership!  Ask about it at an exam session.

If you have any questions, send an email to Mike at