Taking Your Amateur Radio License Exam


The Lancaster and Fairfield County Amateur Radio Club (LFCARC) hosts Amateur Radio license examinations on the first Saturday of each month using ExamTools.org and registration via hamstudy.org.

Exams are held at the Fairfield County EMA at 240 Baldwin Dr., Lancaster, OH 43130. Doors will open about 9:45 am with the exam to start at 10:00 am.

What to bring to the exam session:

  1. A government issued photo ID.
  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.
  2. The exam fee is $15 cash. Correct bills are much appreciated.
  3. If you are applying for your first Radio License, you will need your Federal Registration Number (FRN). If you do not have one Click Here. Remember your login and password as the FCC will contact you via email for the FCC $35 registration fee.
  4. If upgrading your radio license, bring a copy of your current Amateur Radio License. Your license will have the FRN printed on it. The Official or Reference copy will be sent to the American Radio Relay a league (ARRL) with your documentation package as proof of licensure.
  5. If you need a calculator, our VE team can supply one to you. If you choose to use your own, the memory must be erased and formulas cleared.
  6. Cell phones must be silenced or turned off during the exam session. In addition, iPhones, iPads, Androids, smartphones, Blackberry devices, and all similar electronic devices with a calculator capability may NOT be used.
  7. Your VE Testing Team will provide all pens, pencils, forms, scratch paper and exam booklets.
  8. If you need assistance in taking the exam, your exam may be read to you by one of the volunteers. If you do not understand a question, please ask a volunteer for clarification.
  9. Finally, please bring a positive attitude and some patience. The folks administering the exams are unpaid, but dedicated volunteers. They will do their best to get you tested, get your exam graded, inform you of the results, and if applicable, prepare and present to you a CSCE stating you have earned your license or license upgrade. They will try to do this as quickly as possible, but it does take some time.
  10. We use ExamTools for your exam environment, GradeCam for grading and HamStudy for registration. We hope you have a great exam experience.