VE License Exams

MMARC VE Exam Applicant Information

v Jul 24 2021



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MMARC VE exam sessions are scheduled at the National Electronics Museum on these dates:

 

Tue Aug 24 2021 at 5:45 PM

Tue Sep 28 2021 at 5:45 PM

Tue Oct 26 2021 at 5:45 PM

Tue Nov 23 2021 at 5:45 PM

 

Check this page periodically for possible changes or cancellations



Important


  • Pre-registration speeds up the registration process

  • You must have an email address and a mailing address

  • Bring your FRN with you

  • Bring a government-issued photo ID with you

  • If you are applying for exam credit, bring a copy of your proof with you that we can keep

  • More info on these items is provided below


Exam Dates and Times

 

Exams are given by the Laurel VEC MMARC VE Team 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 MMARC web site for hamfest information.

 

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

 

For the exam session at the MMARC hamfest: The MMARC hamfest is usually at the Odenton Fire Hall on the last Sunday of January.  See the MMARC web site for the specific date and other information.  When the hamfest is at that location, exams are given in the training building across the parking lot from the hamfest.  The session begins at 9 AM.

 

4th Tue Exam Location and Parking at the 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.  It’s a long walk.

 

Pre-Registration

 

Walk-ins are welcome, but pre-registration for exams is greatly appreciated, and will expedite the registration process. Pre-registration can be done by emailing the information listed here:

https://sites.google.com/site/marylandmobileers/ve-testing/2---preregistration-info-needed-for-form-605


Email the info to the Team Leader Mike at ka2jai@arrl.net. Walk-ins are welcome provided there is time and space to administer exams to the number of applicants who arrive, which is normally not a problem.

 

Exams Available

 

All 3 exams are available at all exam sessions: Technician, General, and Amateur Extra.  Applicants may take any exam(s) they have prepared for, in any order.  Exams are closed book and no notes allowed.  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 for another exam.  Many applicants have found it helpful to take any of the on-line exams that are available, more than once, to determine whether they were ready to take their license exam.

 

Finding The Exam Session at the Museum

 

There will usually be someone at the reception desk to direct you.  But if not, you can find the exam room in one of these places:

 

Pioneer Hall: 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.

 

Conference Room: 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.

 

Library: 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.  

FCC Registration Number (FRN)

The FCC requires you to use a Federal Registration Number (FRN).  The FRN is a unique number the FCC uses to identify you. Your Social Security number is required by the FCC when you obtain an FRN, but the FRN is used after that for your transactions with the FCC.

An FRN can be obtained here.  It is highly recommended that you  get an FRN ahead of time as this speeds up the process at the exam session.   If you need assistance obtaining an FRN a VE may be able to help you at your exam session, and you will need access to your email.  

At an exam session, you can show your FRN on a printout from the FCC CORES system, or display it on your phone.  If you currently have an Amateur Radio license your FRN will appear on your license and in the FCC CORES database.  FRNs are not just used for amateur radio licenses.  You might already have an FRN if you have a GMRS license or had some other transaction with the FCC.

FCC CORES Registration Tutorial Video using the CORES system.

FEES

The MMARC Volunteer Examiner Team is sponsored by the Laurel VEC.  We administer free amateur radio license exams.

 

You will soon have to pay an FCC processing fee, which is required by Congress.  The MMARC VE team will have more information about this when the fee requirement begins.

LARC-VEC Form 605

The form is available here so that you can see the information that will be required, 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.

License Renewals for Individuals

The LARC-VEC Form 605 can be used at exam sessions to apply for license renewals for individuals.    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 grace period following the expiration date.  We cannot issue or renew club call signs.

Name and Mailing Address Changes

Name and mailing address changes from what is currently in the ULS 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 ka2jai@arrl.net before coming to an exam session if you have any questions about name or address changes.

Paper Licenses

The FCC no longer mails paper licenses.  You can pint one yourself from your ULS record if you wish.  Note that the FCC considers the ULS electronic record to be the official record of your license.

Do you have any actions pending with the FCC?

If you do, let the VE team know when you check in at your exam session or when you pre-register. You should as soon as possible provide the FCC with any necessary follow up information (or processing fees when they are instituted) resulting from your exam session. Except for that, it is recommended that you do not conduct any other amateur radio-related transactions with the FCC until your exam results and all other pending actions have been processed, and you have the results from the FCC.


What To Bring To Your MMARC Exam Session

 

  1. A government-issued photo ID.  Youth 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.

  2. A mailing address (FCC required), email address (FCC required), and phone number (expedites processing your exam results if the VE team needs to contact you with questions).

  3. FRN.  It is highly recommended that you obtain your FRN before coming to the exam session.  It’s best to bring a printout from the FCC CORES web site, or be able to display your FRN on your phone or other device.

  4. If you are applying for exam credit, bring your proof with you.  A copy must be left with the VE team.  Acceptable forms of proof are listed here.  A CSCE issued at a previous exam session may be used if your current license class is not showing in the FCC ULS database yet.  You will be allowed to take your exam if your previous results have not been processed, but it might not be possible to process your new results until all pending actions have been completed by the FCC.  Once any pending issues with the FCC are resolved, the results from exams taken with the MMARC VE team and other Laurel VEC teams are usually processed within a few business days.  CSCEs that have been altered in any way will not be accepted.

  5. Optional:

    1. Calculators will be available to borrow at the exam session.  You may bring your own 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, devices that can be connected to the internet, any other electronic devices, or devices that make noise must be turned off and out of sight during your exam.

    2. 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.

 

Applicants 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.

 

What To Expect At A MMARC VE Exam Session

 

Laurel VEC Web Site

 

Are 4th Tuesdays not good for you?  You can search for other license exam sessions here.

 

If you have any questions, send an email to Mike at ka2jai@arrl.net.