License Exams


Test Dates

SARA’s accredited exam staff will be holding exams on the following upcoming dates:


Saturday, September 5th, 2020
Saturday, December 5th, 2020

All exam sessions start at 10:15am with check-in and testing begins promptly at 10:30am.

All three tests for Technician, General, and Extra are offered at all exam sessions.

Pre-registration is requested by all participants to speed up the onsite paperwork process but walk-ins are welccome.

The SARA VE Team is led by:
Stephen Kinford N8WB
440-381-8655
n8wb >>@<< n8wb.com

Testing Location

Future exam locations to be announced – watch this page.


What To Bring to an Exam

For the June 6, 2020 exam, social distancing will be in effect and masks will be required to enter the test location.
All participants must bring their own mask; SARA will not have extra masks.

  1. FCC accepted form of identification. You need only one piece of ID from the “Type A” column or two pieces of ID from the “Type B” column.
  2. A record of your FCC Registration Number (FRN) from the FCC website. You can register at FCC CORES. Directions for registration can be be found on the FCC’s Website.
  3. The ARRL VEC test fee of $15, payable in cash (exact amount please) or check payable to “Silvercreek Amateur Radio Association”
  4. If you are licensed, a two copies of your current FCC License. One copy is required to be submitted to the VEC along with your test paperwork the second is retained for the VE team records. You may print a copy of your license through the ULS portal at http://wireless.fcc.gov/uls/.
  5. If you have recently passed an exam element and your new license does not yet appear in the FCC ULS database, bring your CSCE certificate(s) along with a copy of all CSCE certificates. A copy of any CSCE certificate must be submitted to the VEC along with your test paperwork.
  6. At least two #2 pencils for the test sheet.

Acceptable Forms of ID

Type A IDs
(Need One)
Type B IDs
(Need Two)
State Driver’s License

State Photo ID card

School Student Photo ID card

United States Passport

Law Enforcement Officer Photo ID
Social Security Card

Birth certificate (certified copy with an original seal or stamp – no photocopy!)

Minor’s work permit

Employers wage statement

School report card

School ID card
School or public library card

Utility bill, bank statement or other business correspondence that specifically names the person with their address as it appears on the Form NCVEC 605

A state-issued drivers license that does not have a photo

Postmarked envelope addressed to the person at his or her current mailing address as it appears on the Form NCVEC 605


Frequenly Asked Questions

Calculators – Calculators may be used for the written exams. However, if you bring a programmable calculator you must demonstrate to the VE team that the calculator memory is cleared and does not contain stored formulas or you will not permitted to use it.

Fees – The ARRL VEC test fee is currently $15 for all test candidates. This fee is charged regardless if you pass any elements or not. You may take as many of the three test elements at a session as you like (provided previous elements are passed) and pay just one test fee.

Test Repeats – If you fail a test element, and wish to make a second attempt to pass that same element, you must pay the test fee again for the second attempt. Note that due to time constraints the VE team may not always offer a second test opportunity at a given test session. This requirement is set by the ARRL and is not negotiable onsite.


Accessibility and Special Test Sessions

The SARA VE Teams holds its exam sessions in public locations that, in general, have accessibility accommodations where possible. If you have an accessibility concerns about the test, please contact the VE Team Lead (info above) with your question.

The VE teams are permitted and encouraged to provide special accommodations (subject to certain rules and conditions) to candidates which may have one or more accessibility challenges that prevent them from participating in a regular test session. Sight impaired, hearing impaired, home-bound, and similar candidates can often be given a test with provisions customized to their unique requirements. If you have such a special need or have questions about what might be possible to enable you or someone you know with an interest in becoming a licensed amateur operator please contact the VE Team Lead listed above. The SARA VE Team is willing and able to hold special test sessions for individuals who have special considerations, including in-home test sessions with advance notice and preparation.

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