Exams - Carson City

Closer to Carson City and looking to take your first exam or upgrade your license? Diana Moore (KJ7GVY) and local VEs can help you through the exam and licensing process! Please see the schedule below, or contact Diana at Dianamoore56@gmail.com for more information.

What you need

  1. A photo ID, $15.00 cash or personal Check (We can't take Cards), and a copy of your current license if you upgrading (a Reference copy from the FCC web site is acceptable, it doesn't have to be the Official copy)

    I also always suggest you bring an extra $15.00. Its a big question pool and for most of us there's always a chance of getting all the questions you don't know. For a second fee we will give you another test. We've had many people do this and pass with flying colors.

    Click here to obtain a copy of your license.

  2. Your Federal Registration Number (FRN) is required before you beign an exam session. Read "Get your FRN" below for information on applying for or locating an existing FRN.

Additional information

If you would like to stay for it, after the exam session we have a question and answer session. Our experienced VE's will assist you with whatever questions you might have about getting started with ham radio or any another part of ham radio. If you've purchased a new radio and need help programing it. Bring it! We will gladly assist you in learning how to program it. If someone is ready to take the test, and needs to take the exam while its fresh in their mind. Contact Diana, she might be able to arrange a special session.


Get your FRN

Getting your Federal Registration Number (FRN) provides you an ID rather than showing / providing your social security number at the exam. It also provides you access to your online account and makes it easier to view when your licensed has been issued, renewals and other administrative changes.

  1. Visit http://fcc.gov/uls or click here.
  2. If you hold a GMRS or Pilot or other license from the FCC please use your current FRN or search by clicking on the Search button.
  3. For a new FRN Click the  button.
  4. Choose "Individual"  in the Registration Type and check "Yes" if your address is in the U.S.
  5. Continue filling out the form.
  6. Record your FRN and bring this with you to the exam.

FCC $35 Amateur Application Fee

The $35 application fee will apply to new, modification (upgrade and sequential call sign change), renewal, and vanity call sign applications. The fee will be per application.

Administrative updates, such as a change of name, mailing or email address, will be exempt from fees.

VECs and Volunteer Examiner (VE) teams will not have to collect the $35 fee at exam sessions.
New and upgrade applicants will pay the $15 exam session fee to the ARRL VE team as usual and pay the $35 application fee directly to the FCC by using the CORES FRN Registration system (CORES - Login). VEC and VE team licensing procedures will not change.

When the FCC receives the examination information from the VEC, it will email a link with payment instructions to each successful candidate. The candidate will have 10 calendar days, from the date of the application file number being issued, to pay. After the fee is paid, and the FCC has processed an application, examinees will receive a second email from the FCC with a link to their official license. The link will be good for 30 days.

Per usual procedures, examinees that pass multiple exams at one session, will have one application transmitted to the FCC reflecting the highest level license class earned. Again, our procedures will not change. The candidates will have an extra step before the license is issued. VE teams can point candidates to our FCC Application Fee webpage www.arrl.org/fcc-application-fee.


Saturday, January 20th, 2024 9:00AM
Saturday, March 16th, 2024 9:00AM
Saturday, May 18th, 2024 9:00AM
Saturday, July 20th, 2024 9:00AM
Saturday, September 21st, 2024 9:00AM
Saturday, November 16th, 2024 9:00AM


Carson Tahoe Hospital
in the Bristlecone conference room*
1600 Medical Parkway
Carson City, NV 89703

* The Bristlecone conference room is right inside the main entrance, just past the reception desk. Very easy to find. It's also directly across the hall from the Sage Cafe' (the hospital cafeteria).


Please contact Diana Moore at Dianamoore56@gmail.com so we can prepare for the correct amount of candidates, or with any questions you might have. Please let Diana know you heard about the exam on the SNARS Web site.

FCC Login

If you have an FRN ID and password


FCC Advanced Search  


Enter your Last Name, City, State and select "Amateur" in the service group dropdown. If your licensed has been issued you will see it in the results.

It may take upwards of 7 to 14 days for amateur radio licenses to be issued. Please be patient if there are holidays or other delays that might occur during the processing of your license.



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