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Amateur Radio FCC testing

The 1st Saturday of most Months

---------COVID-19 UPDATES --------------------------------------

Exam Candidates: You are REQUIRED to register in the FCC CORES system and receive a Federal Registration Number (FRN) before exam day. For FRN registration information, see item #4: Exam Session Requirements Candidates could go directly to the FCC CORES User Account and Registration page:

Click Here for FCC CORES Tutorial Videos.

After obtaining the FRN from the FCC, then fill-out & bring to the testing session the Form 605 on your computer & print out for the session: NCVEC605Form2017SeptFF.pdf

April 4, 2020 VE Exam Session at Food 2 Store was canceled

Jan 2 session was delayed to Jan 9 2021 since FOOD 2 STORE was closed on Jan 2

May 2, June 6, July 4, Aug 1*, Sept 5*, Oct 3*, Nov 5*, Dec 5*, Jan 9* and Feb 6* VE Testing were scheduled and conducted. The Mar 6, Apr 3, May 1, and Jun 5 2021 sessions are full. If you wish to attend a session, email:
to reserve a space for your car -- limited to 10 examinees!

Please consider the Jul 3 5 2021 Session. or later, if you haven't already reserved a spot.

NOTE * these sessions were conducted inside the classroom at Food 2 Store with social distancing and masks. The VE's will determine the day of the exam if we'll be inside or outside in cars.


Testing starts at 10:30am
Food 2 Store on 541 E 3rd St, in Meridian
on 3rd St southside of Railroad tracks.

Bring $15.00 (cash-exact change or check payable to ARRL),
a copy of your current license if going for an upgrade,
sharp pencils and a pen, an approved calculator,
and a government issued photo ID - See ARRL's list of 'what to bring (and what not to bring)' and wear a mask.

You need to register your SSN with the FCC before exam day. Once you have a FCC issued FRN, you may no longer use your SSN on the application. For instructions on how to register your SSN with the FCC and receive a FRN, visit the FCC's Registration page and the FCC's Registration instructions page.

Study and Exam resources can be found at


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Other testing options in this area include Boise County ARC (POC:, Emmett ARC, Elmore County ARC, Snake River ARC and the Southwest Idaho ARC (See or

ONLINE EXAMS: If an in-person exam session cannot be located in a particular area or if taking an online exam is preferred, search for online examination teams here:



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