VE License Exams

The MMARC VE Team is sponsored by the Laurel VEC.  We administer free amateur radio exams monthly, except December, at the National Electronics Museum.  The museum is located at 1745 West Nursery Road, Linthicum Heights, MD. See the National Electronics Museum Site for directions or refer to the map on this web site.

How to find the exam room at the museum: There will usually be someone at the reception desk to direct you. Testing is normally conducted in the museum library.  We are occasionally in Pioneer Hall or the conference room.  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.  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.  The conference room is diagonally almost all the way across the building to the left from the reception desk.  You will have to make your way around around many of the exhibits to get there.

Exams available: Technician, General, and Amateur Extra exams are available at all sessions.  Applicants may take any exam(s) they have prepared for.

Testing is done 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.  See the MMARC club calendar for specific testing dates

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.

Pre-registration for exams is not required, but appreciated, and can be done by emailing Mike at Walk-ins are welcome, provided there is time to administer exams to the number of applicants who arrive, which has always been possible so far.

  • 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 level is not yet showing in the FCC database.  You will be allowed to take your exam but the results will not be processed until any pending action has been completed.
  • Acceptable material may be used in certain cases for exam credit.  If you plan to show evidence of exam credit contact Mike at prior to attending an exam session to verify you qualify and have the correct materials.
  • FRNs:
    • The FCC requires you to provide a Social Security Number (SSN) or FCC Registration Number (FRN), and requires using the FRN instead of your SSN if you have both.  Our policy is to use your FRN.  If you currently have an Amateur Radio license your FRN will appear on your license and in the FCC 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, but not required, to bring a printout from the FCC web site to the exam session. Alternately, being able to display it electronically your smartphone or a computer at the exam session instead of a printout is fine.
    • If you do not have an FRN, an MMARC VE may assist you in obtaining it at the exam session.  Or, you can obtain it on your own and bring it to the exam session.  An FRN can be obtained here.
    • 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.  You will be assigned an FRN along with your new call sign.  If you plan to take an exam at a subsequent session, whether with MMARC or any other organization, to upgrade your license, 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 MMARC.
  • Effective Feb 17, 2015, the FCC will no longer 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 below.
  • If you want to receive an authorization from the FCC by email, you must include a valid, legible email address on NCVEC Form 605 and write your initials in the margin next to it.   Providing your email address on NCVEC Form 605 without initials will enable the VE team to notify you of your new call sign or upgrade, but will not result in your email address being sent to the FCC.
  • NCVEC Form 605 can be computer-generated for you at most MMARC exam sessions.  Take a look at the form here so you know what information to bring with you. You are encouraged to use the computer generated form we provide at most exam sessions. In the unlikely event the form can not be printed at the exam session we will have blank forms for you to fill out. If you choose to fill out the form ahead of time, bring it with you and do not submit your NCVEC Form 605 prior to the exam session.
  • You must provide a US mailing address 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 address changes.
  • License renewals: MMARC accepts NCVEC Form 605 for license renewals at exam sessions.   Licenses can only be renewed during the 90-day period prior to the license expiration date or within the 2 year period following the expiration date.

What to bring to your MMARC exam session:

  • A government-issued photo ID.

  • FRN if you have one, or SSN if you do not. If you have an FRN it is helpful to bring a printout for it from the FCC web site or to be able to display it electronically.

  • Unexpired CSCE issued at a previous exam session if the exam results have not been processed by the FCC yet.

  • Acceptable material if claiming exam credit, contact Mike at prior to the exam session to verify you qualify and have the correct materials.

  • $0.00. LARC VEC exams are free.

  • Optional:

    • Calculators: A small number of 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, or devices that make noise must be turned off during your test.

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

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

"What To Expect At An Exam Session" is available for download at the bottom of this page.  Click on the down arrow across from the document's name on the right side of the page to download or click on the document's name to view it on line.

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

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

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