The License Exam Process

Harrisburg Radio Amateurs’ Club provides numerous opportunities each year for those who require assistance with administrative actions to correct existing licenses, obtaining their first license, upgrading a current license, or taking action to renew an expired license. As a team of VEs authorized to conduct test sessions on behalf of the Laurel VEC, we are proud to offer this service entirely free of charge. We want to help you, but we also need your help to make testing sessions smoother and more efficient for you and for us! We require pre-registration for exams. This helps us ensure that we have the level of staffing required to conduct an exam. If you are seeking your first license and have not previously transacted business with the FCC and do not already possess a Federal Registration Number (FRN), we require that you first obtain an FRN in advance of registering for an upcoming exam. Please work your way vertically through the expanding Frequently Asked Questions to the right. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us for more information.


This form should be completed to make general inquiries regarding the exam process.  Please use the “Exam Pre-Registration Form” button above to register for an upcoming exam session.

When can I take my exam?



License Exam Dates

Jan. 12, 2019V.V.A - HBGSee Winterfest Flyer
Feb. 16, 2019HACC CampusSee FAQ Below
Apr. 20, 2019HACC CampusSee FAQ Below
Jun. 15, 2019HACC CampusSee FAQ Below
Aug. 17, 2019HACC CampusSee FAQ Below
Oct. 19, 2019HACC CampusSee FAQ Below
Dec. 21, 2019HACC CampusSee FAQ Below

Where are the tests held?

 Test sessions are held at the HACC Harrisburg Campus, Schumaker Public Service Building. See the room schedule posted at the main entrance for the specific room. (Testing usually takes place in the small cafeteria just to the left after entering through the main entrance.) Below is a map showing the approximate location. The street address is not valid for many GPS devices. Use HACC Gate 5 off of Industrial Rd for access.  Please note that if testing is offered at one of our two annual hamfests, it may take place at an alternate location. This information will be listed together with the session dates above.

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How do I apply for the REQUIRED FRN?

An FRN number issued by the FCC is a unique identification number by which you are known to the FCC and with which your license will be associated. If you have a commercial, GMRS or various other forms of licensure, you may already have an FRN. If you don’t already have one, applying online to the FCC in advance for your FRN number also allows us to avoid asking for your Social Security Number during the testing session. If you are already a licensed amateur, you most likely have an FRN (with some exceptions – including where the license pre-dates the existence of the FCC’s Universal Licensing System). Check the ULS first by entering your callsign here:

If you don’ already have one, applying for your FRN is simple and takes less than 5 minutes. You can visit the FCC’s website for information about the application process or follow the quick instructions below. If you follow the instructions found on the FCC link, be sure to still look below for information about setting your paper license preference.


Please visit this link:

In the NEW USERS section, click on REGISTER:

Choose “REGISTER” again and follow the instructions to complete your application.

When you are finished, you will be provided with an FRN number. Be sure to make a note of your new FRN and the password that you created during the process.

Now we need to get your paper license preference adjusted to your liking. The FCC considers the license records in its online database (the FCC “ULS” or Universal Licensing System) to be the official record of amateur radio licenses. Accordingly, the FCC has recently decided not to issue paper licenses and mail them to new licensees by default. If you would like to have a paper license mailed to you, you may opt-in by adjusting a setting in your new account. If you desire to make this change and receive a paper license, you should do so BEFORE your exam (or at least before the results of the exam are transmitted to the FCC by the Laurel VEC). To change your paper license preference, visit this link to login to your newly established account:

In the “ONLINE FILING” area, click on “LOG IN”:

Enter your new FRN number and the password you previously created. Once you are logged in, you should see a green box that offers you the opportunity to adjust your account so that it is set to generate paper licenses, which will be mailed to your address of record. All set. Next you can complete the online pre-registration form in order to attend an upcoming exam.


How do I submit the REQUIRED pre-registration form?

 Please complete form linked below to pre-register for your exam. This information will also be used by the VE team to prepare the necessary paperwork for the testing session. Please complete the form completely and accurately to prevent delays at the testing site.

Important Note: DO NOT PROVIDE your social security number (“SSN”) via this website. This website is NOT secure. If you have not previously transacted business with, nor been issued a license by the FCC, please use the appropriate FAQ above for information on how to first apply for an FRN number through the FCC’s website.

If you are upgrading your license, you probably already have an FRN unless your last license pre-dates the FCC’s Universal Licensing System (ULS). Check your documents carefully. If you have an FRN, it probably appears as a ten-digit number on your current license and/or in the ULS.


Online Pre-Registration Form

How will I receive my license? Will it be mailed?

Please see the FAQ titled “How Do I apply for the REQUIRED FRN” above. It addresses both registration and how to notify the FCC of your desire to received paper documents via the mail.

What do I need to bring?

Required Materials

  • Two legal forms of identification (one with a photo)
  • Original Amateur License (if licensed)
  • Copy of Amateur License (if licensed)
  • Original of any CSCE (if upgrading)
  • Copy of any CSCE (if upgrading)
  • FCC Registration Number – “FRN”

The following information should help assure that you have everything needed when you attend our test session: Application forms will be supplied.

1. Bring a pen and a pencil.

2. Bring two forms of identification, to be sure. At least one of these should, if possible, be a photo ID such as a driver’s license. If you currently hold a valid Amateur Radio license, the original (not a copy) of this license can serve as one of these IDs. At least one of these IDs should show your current mailing address.

3. If you are currently licensed, bring the original of your current license as well as a copy that we may keep.

4. If you plan to submit a valid “Certificate Of Successful Completion Of Examination” (CSCE), or any other acceptable documentation for credit toward an upgrade, bring the original of the documentation as well as a copy for us.

5. If you have conducted business in the past with the FCC, you may have been assigned an FCC Registration Number (FRN). Several possibilities, but not the only ones, are that you may already hold an Amateur Radio License, a General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) License or a Commercial License. If you are currently a holder of an Amateur License, the FRN may appear on the actual license. Visit the FCC Universal Licensing System (ULS) at Please see the appropriate FAQ for information on how to obtain your FRN number if you do not already have one. We need your FRN at the time of pre-registration for an exam.

6. If you plan to use a calculator for your written exam, do not bring one that is unnecessarily complex. You will not be permitted to use it unless you can satisfy the VEs that all memory is completely cleared.

7. If you are handicapped and will require special attention, we must be informed of the circumstances ahead of time so that appropriate preparations can be made.

If you have questions about the above requirements, please let us know.

How do I contact someone to ask questions?

Please use the contact form on the bottom left of this page to send your inquiry to the VE team.