RARC VE License Testing

All RARC VE testing sessions are held at the American Red Cross Building, 310 14th Street SE, Rochester, Minnesota. unless otherwise noted below. The testing sessions are coordinated by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issues the resulting licenses.

The scheduled VE test sessions:

Date Time
February 6, 2014 6:30 p.m.
May 8, 2014 6:30 p.m.
August 7, 2014 6:30 p.m.
November 6, 2014 6:30 p.m.

You can find other area ARRL test sessions by visiting the ARRL exam search web site.

To take an exam, you must bring the following:

  • Two forms of identification ...one of which must be a photo identification or a certified birth certificate.
  • Original and one photocopy of current license, if any.
  • Original and one photocopy of CSCEs (Certificate of Successful Completion of Exam) toward the next class license, if any.
  • You will need either your Social Security Number (SSN) or an FCC Registration Number (FRN).
    For the security of your Social Security Number (SSN), we prefer that you obtain an FCC Registration Number (FRN) and bring it with you to the test session. The FRN number will be used to uniquely identify you in all transactions with the FCC. Use of the FRN will prevent exposing your SSN to others including VEs and the ARRL/VEC.

    To obtain a free FCC Registration Number (FRN), visit the FCC web site at FCC Registration Number (FRN) Commission Registration System (CORES).

  • The 2012 exam fee is $15.00. You may either pay in cash (exact amount please), or by check made out to "ARRL/VEC".
  • Supplies, pen, pencils, eraser, calculator, etc. The calculator should be a "basic" one without programmable memories.
The examination fee allows an examinee to take one test of each element. Element "retakes" are allowed for an additional fee of $15.00.

For any questions on the VE testing sessions, please contact Bob Dubke, KØSIR or Pat Cahill, WØBM.

Last update: January 20, 2014