License Testing


To become an amateur radio operator, a written exam must be passed to obtain a license.
There are three amateur radio license classes, the following chart summarizes each one.

Amateur Radio Licenses
Technician General Amateur Extra
Entry level license.

Requirements: Passing the 35 question Element 2 exam.

Privileges: All VHF/UHF amateur bands
and limited privileges on HF bands.

Current exam questions are valid
July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2022.
Upgrade from Technician class license.

Requirements: Passing the 35 question Element 3 exam.

Privileges: All VHF/UHF amateur bands
and most privileges on HF bands.

Current exam questions are valid
July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2019.
Upgrade from General class license.

Requirements: Passing the 50 question Element 4 exam.

Privileges: Full privileges on all amateur radio bands.

Current exam questions are valid
July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2020.

The exam questions for each license class are updated every four years.
Be sure any study materials you use are for the current exam questions.


Testing Requirements

  • There is no registration for testing, walk-ins are welcome.
  • The exam fee is $15, exact amount is appreciated.
  • FCC issued Amateur Radio License (if you have one).
  • Your SSN or FCC FRN number.
If you already have an amateur radio license, your FRN number will be on your license. If you do not have an amateur radio license, you must use either your SSN or apply for an FRN number with the FCC here.

A calculator with the memory erased and formulas cleared is allowed. You may not bring any written notes or calculations. Cell phone must be silenced or turned off. Smartphones, tablets and all similar electronic devices with a calculator capability, may NOT be used.

Check the calendar page for our next test session.

Additional Resources

The following links are helpful resources for license exam preparation.