Amateur Radio Licensing Exams

The Park County Radio Club provides licensing exams on the second Saturday of the odd numbered months. The exams are held in the basement meeting room of the Park County Library at:

350 Bulldogger Road
Bailey, CO 80421-0282

(Walk-ins are welcome)

What to Bring to an ARRL Exam Session

A legal photo ID (driver’s license, passport)

If no photo ID is available, two forms of identification:

  • non-photo ID/driver’s license (some states still have them)
  • birth certificate (must have the appropriate seal)
  • social security card
  • library card
  • utility bill, bank statement or other business correspondence that specifically names the person; or a postmarked envelope addressed to the person at his or her current mailing address as it appears on the Form 605.

Students/minors may bring any of the above items and/or a school ID, minor’s work permit, report card, or a legal guardian may present a photo ID.

Social Security Number (SSN) or your FCC issued Federal Registration Number (FRN); VEC’s are required by the FCC to submit either your SSN or your FRN number with your license application 
form. If you prefer not to give your SSN at the exam session, then you may register your SSN with the FCC before exam day. Once you have a FCC issued FRN, you may no longer use your SSN on the application. For instructions on how to register your SSN with the FCC and receive a FRN, visit the FCC’s FAQ page and the FCC’s registration instructions page.  Please note that some exam teams will only accept a valid FRN on your application.  Check with your local exam team before exam day.

If applicable, bring either a photocopy of your current Amateur Radio license or a reference copy printed out from the FCC website, the license information printed from ARRL website or QRZ website, or the original(s) and photocopy(s) of any Certificates of Successful Completion of Examination (CSCE) you may hold from previous exam sessions. If your license has already been issued by FCC, the CSCE showing license credit is not needed. The photocopy(s) will not be returned.  Instructions on how to obtain an official FCC license copy are on the ARRL Obtain License Copy  web page. 

A calculator with the memory erased and formulas cleared is allowed.  You may not bring any written notes or calculations into the exam session. Slide rules and logarithmic tables are acceptable, as long as they’re free of notes and formulas. Cell phone must be silenced or turned off during the exam session and the phones’ calculator function may not be used. In addition, iPhones, iPads, Androids, smartphones, Blackberry devices and all similar electronic devices with a calculator capability, may NOT be used.

There is a $15 fee to take the exam. The fee can be Cash or Check payable to the ARRL-VEC. We do not have credit card processing capability.

Volunteer Examiner Team (VE) TEAM

The PCRC sponsors a VE team, which first administered Ham license exams on July 16, 1995. We are affiliated with, and accredited by, the ARRL – VEC.

The team is made up of a dozen “regular” and “reserve” VEs, all of whom are Extra Class licensees, with one exception.

The vast majority of the VEs are long time Hams, who love Ham radio and are anxious to help those aspiring to new and upgraded licenses. The team’s volunteer involvement is prompted by this love for Hamming and reflects a genuine interest in helping others.