Amateur Radio Exam Sessions

 Upcoming Exam Sessions 2020:

  • Saturday, July 12, 3pm to 5pm, Graton Fire Station – CANCELLED
  • Saturday, July 18, 9:00 am to noon, Bennett Valley Hall – CANCELLED
  • Saturday, August 1, 9:00 am to noon, Office of Emergency Management
  • Saturday, September 26, 9:00 am to noon, Bennett Valley Hall
  • Saturday, November 14, 9:00 am to noon, Bennett Valley Hall

If you’ve been studying for a new license or upgrade, your next opportunity to take your test is coming up on Saturday, August 1. The location is the parking lot north of the Sonoma County Office of Emergency Management, 2300 County Center Drive. in Santa Rosa.

Please Note that due to shelter-in-place requirements and bans on gatherings due to COVID-19, the July 12th and July 18th sessions have been cancelled and replaced by a Drive-In Exam Session on August 1. This session requires Pre-Registration.

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 Sonoma County Office of Emergency Management

From Hwy 101, take the Steele Lane exit east and take the first left (north) onto County Center Drive. Go approximately 700 feet past the In-N-Out Burger and turn right (east) onto Professional Drive (do not turn onto Professional Drive at the intersection immediately north of In-N-Out Burger). After turning onto Professional Drive, after approximately 170 feet, turn right into the parking lot. The exam session will be held in the north west corner of the parking lot.

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 June 13th or 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
  • Social Security Number (if not currently licensed) or FCC Registration Number (FRN, if licensed)
  • 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”

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 FRN ; those that would be upgrading will already have an FRN and that should be used. Processing of the paperwork after the exam can only be expedited 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. We therefore highly recommend that all applicants for a new license apply for an FRN directly from the FCC before the exam

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