Amateur Radio Exam Sessions

 Upcoming Exam Sessions 2020:

  • Saturday, September 26, 9:00 am to noon, Sebastopol Health Medical Offices
  • Saturday, November 14, 9:00 am to noon, location TBD

If you’ve been studying for a new license or upgrade, your next opportunity to take your test is coming up on Saturday, September 26. The location will be the Sebastopol Health Medical  Offices at 6800 Palm Ave. in Sebastopol, CA

Please Note that due to shelter-in-place requirements and bans on gatherings due to COVID-19, the September 26 session will be a Drive-In Exam Session. This session requires Pre-Registration.

The September 26 Drive-In Exam Session can only accommodate 10 candidates and as of 31 August, all 10 slots are full. You may still pre-register, but you will be placed on a waiting list. As of 10 September, there are already 4 people on the waiting list.

To Pre-Register for the Drive-In Exam Session, or if you would like to attend any other future sessions, please e-mail me, Brian Torr, at  with the following information:

  1. Full Name
  2. Amateur Radio Callsign (if already licensed)
  3. Exam(s) you would like to take (Technician, General, or Amateur Extra)

If there are any last-minute cancellations or change of venue, I will contact you via e-mail.

Directions to Sebastopol Health Medical Offices, 6800 Palm Ave, Sebastopol

From Hwy 101, take exit 488B to merge onto Hwy 12 West to Sebastopol. Travel 6.7 miles to the center of Sebastopol and turn left onto Gravenstein Hwy S (South Main Street). Travel 0.5 miles and turn left (east) onto Palm Ave. The Sebastopol Health Medical Offices will be on your left at 6800 Palm Ave. The exams will be on the west side of the buildings, but please enter through the entrance on the east side and drive behind the buildings to the west side.

Directions to Bennett Valley Guild Hall:

From Hwy 101, take the Hwy 12 exit east. At Farmer’s Lane, turn right and go two blocks to Bennett Valley Rd. Turn left onto Bennett Valley for 1.8 miles, where Bennett Valley Rd. meets Yulupa Ave. Turn right to stay on Bennett Valley Rd. Continue on Bennett Valley Rd for approximately 2.25 miles to Grange Rd. Turn right onto Grange Rd. Bennett Valley Guild Hall will be approximately 0.5 miles from from Bennett Valley Rd on the right.

Walk-ins will not be accepted at the September 26th session. Pre-registration is required for these sessions. We hope to allow walk-ins at later sessions. All test elements will be administered.

Time: The exam session will start at 9am. Please arrive by 8:45am to be signed in. Testing will begin shortly thereafter.

Candidates should bring the following:

  • One (1) photo ID or two (2) non-photo ID
  • FCC Registration Number (FRN)
  • Original and photocopy of your current amateur radio license (if licensed)
  • Original and photocopy of any valid CSCEs (if applicable)
  • Original and photocopy of any documents submitted for exam credit (see Exam Element Credit below)
  • #2 Pencil and eraser
  • $15.00 exam fee. Checks may be made payable to “ARRL-VEC”. Only checks will be accepted at Drive-Up Exam Sessions.

Calculators may be used, but it must be demonstrated that all memories and programs have been erased. The calculator function in a cell phone or PDA may not be used!

If you have any special needs, please contact Brian Torr, N6IIY in advance.

Obtain an FRN Prior to Exam Session:

One of the pieces of information required is either your Social Security Number (SSN) or a Federal Registration Number (FRN).  The SSN would only be required if you do not already have an FRN ; those that would be upgrading will already have an FRN and that should be used. Processing of the paperwork after the exam can be expedited only if everyone at the session uses an FRN. If even one candidate applies using an SSN, paperwork for all candidates at that session will be delayed.

For sessions requiring preregistration, applicants for a new license must apply for an FRN directly from the FCC before the exam.

For sessions that accept walk-ins (no preregistration required) we will still require an FRN, but it will be possible to apply for an FRN at the exam session.

To apply for an FRN, go to this FCC website:

Follow the link to New User Registration.

Exam Element Credit for Expired Licenses

The FCC now offers partial credit for expired General, Advanced or Extra Amateur Radio licenses. A license that has expired and gone beyond the two year grace period will be canceled in the FCC system. The licensee will not automatically qualify for a new license. At a minimum, previous license holders must take the current 35-question Technician exam at a VE exam session to return to Amateur Radio.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide documents to obtain this credit. For information on where to obtain such documents, refer to the following URL (expand the link to “Valid Forms of Exam Element Credit for Expired Licenses”)

Please have these documents before appearing at an amateur radio exam session.

Good Luck!

Brian Torr, N6IIY
(707) 575-5871