Where to Take the Ham Radio Exam?

The FCC does not allow us to administer the actual exam online.  You must appear in person so the volunteer examiners can check your ID and monitor to make sure you aren't cheating.

However, most people don't have to travel far.  There are hundreds of exam sessions across the U.S. every week.  Search for them by zip code at:

http://www.arrl.org/find-an-amateur-radio-license-exam-session

Hint: if you don't see any sessions near your zip code, try one of the following:

  • Expand your search to a wider area using the dropdown box to the right of the zip code.
     
  • If your zip code is relatively new, use an older one nearby.  The search tool's zip code database might be slightly out-of-date.

Note: The more fields you fill out on the search tool, the fewer sessions you see.  For example, if you just enter a zip code, you get all sessions within the specified distance of that zip code.  However, if you also enter a city, then it further restricts the list to only those sessions which are within that specific city.

 

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