We test for all elements at our ARRL/VEC examinations in Austin.
You do not need to inform us in advance of the testing, just be at the testing location at the time listed, 9:00 AM.
The processing and exams will start promptly at 9:00 AM so please come at least 15 minutes early.
Bring one form of identification with your picture embedded i.e.: Driver's License, Passport, School ID, etc. and one other form of ID
with your name embossed or embedded in it such as any credit card and $15.00 in cash or we will take a check made out to ARRL/VEC in that amount.
If you are upgrading an existing license you will need to bring along one of the two original licenses issued to you
(either the wallet-sized one or the one "suitable for framing" if it was issued to you before the FCC went paperless).
If you do not have a paper license mailed to you by the FCC, read the PDF entitled FCC Goes Paperless,
then obtain or print out an "Official Copy" of your license and bring it to the test session.
Note: If you have a pop-up blocker activated on your computer, you must turn it off in order to print out an "Official Copy" of your license from the FCC Web Site.
It's OK for you to bring a calculator provided that you clear all memories (if it has memory capability) prior to bringing it to the test session.
You will need to demonstrate that all of its memories have been cleared if one of the Volunteer Examiners asks you to do so.
You may not use a calculator application on your cell phone or activate your cell phone for any reason during the test session.
You may do any calculations necessary by hand on the back of the answer sheet.
You may fill in the application form in advance of the test date on NCVEC Form 605.
This is the latest revision of the form and it supersedes all previous versions.
I highly recommend that you carefully read the form and the instructions on page 2 (the back side of the form)
then electronically type in your information, print out the completed form and bring it to the test session.
Otherwise, we will have blank forms that you can fill in on site. Bring your ballpoint pen with black ink in it for this task.
The ARRL/VEC office will use your completed form to process your license and they actually prefer that you fill it in and
print it out on your computer to avoid the problem of them misreading forms filled in by hand.
If you already have an FCC Registration Number (FRN) issued to you, you must use that number and not your Social Security Number on the application form.
It is printed on your existing license if you already have one.
If you are starting with the Technician Class licensing exam and you have no FCC licenses already you do not need to register for an FRN in advance.
One will automatically be issued to you on your Technician Class license.
Read the attached PDF entitled FCC Goes Paperless regardless of whether or not you already have a paper license mailed to you at a time before the FCC went "paperless".
All exams except for August will be at:
Hope Presbyterian Church
11512 Olson Drive
West Building, Room 3
Austin, TX 78750
PDF: Map and directions to Hope
PDF: Hope Campus Map
Exam Dates for 2020
August 8th (At Austin Summerfest Convention)
From the intersection of U.S. Highway 183 and Anderson Mill Road,
turn west on Anderson Mill Road and go to the second traffic light.
Turn left onto Olson Drive and the church is on your right across from Spicewood Elementary School.
Instead of turning left onto Olson Drive you can also proceed to the next traffic light and
turn left onto Spicewood Parkway Drive. The church is on your left.
You can park in any available parking lot or the street and follow the walkways to the West Building.
The exams are in West Bldg., Room 3.
The August exams will be at
Austin Summerfest ARRL Convention:
Crowne Plaza Hotel
6121 N. IH-35 @ US-290 E
in the AUSTIN Room
Austin, TX 78752
Starting promptly at 12:30 PM
Phone (512) 345-0800