Brazos Valley Amateur Radio License FCC testing.






An Amateur Radio License Examination Session is for license examination and/or upgrade purposes. They are held each month, usually on the same day as the Saturday BVARC Board meeting.




The current test fee is $15.00 — we will take cash (exact change is appreciated) or check. Check(s) are to be made payable to “ARRL-VEC”. Pre-registration is encouraged, walk-in’s will be accommodated.




Call Mark Janzer, K5MGJ at (832) 875-0526) or eMail: ( to pre-register.




Our present exam session site is:
Bayland Park Community Center
6400 Bissonnet St.
Houston TX 77074 




Look for signage on the entry doors of the community center for the room location. Check in by 10:30 AM – exams start as soon as all pre-registered candidates are present, walk ins will be accommodated as time permits.




What to Bring to the Exam Session


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


  1. If no photo ID is available, two forms of identification:
    1. non-photo ID/driver’s license (some states still have them)
    2. birth certificate (must have the appropriate seal)
    3. social security card
    4. library card
    5. 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 is to appear on the Form 605.


  1. 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.



4. Federal Registration Number (FRN):  VECs are required by the FCC to submit your FRN with your license application form (Social Security numbers cannot be accepted by VECs). New license applicants should create an FCC user account and register their Social Security Number (SSN) in the FCC Commission Registration system (CORES) before attending exam sessions. Registrants will be assigned an FRN which will be used in all license transactions with the FCC. For instructions on how to register your SSN and receive an FRN from the FCC, visit the FCC’s Registration  page and the FCC’s Registration instructions page.



  1. 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’s Obtain License Copy web page.


6.Two number two pencils with erasers and a pen. 




  1. 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.




  1. The exam fee is $15. Bring a check, a money order or cash (exact change is appreciated) to cover the exam session fee(s). Checks should be made out to “ARRL VEC”