Skip to content

License Testing Information and Schedule

The Richmond County Amateur Radio VE Team is part of the Laurel Volunteer Examiner Coordinator team. Our next FCC exam is scheduled for July 20, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. to complete paperwork. Testing is performed on site at the Richmond County Emergency Services facility located at 200 Industrial Park Dr. off of Midway Road Rockingham, NC  28379.
Pre-registration is preferred but walk-ins are

Pre-register for the next test session.

Keep checking for updates.

Schedule for 2024.
Doors open at 9:30 a.m. to complete paperwork, testing begins at 10:00 a.m.
July 20, 2024
October 19, 2024
December 21, 2024

Email the VE Team Leader, Mark Gibson, Qualified licensed hams are available at each of our regular meetings, second Saturday of each month, 9:30 a.m. at the Richmond County Emergency Services facility located at 200 Industrial Park Dr. off of Midway Road Rockingham, NC 28379. Check the Links page with any questions on how to study for your license.

Laurel Testing sessions are free. All FCC fees still apply but are not collected at the test session!! Bring two forms of identification at least one photo ID, FRN number and any prior CSCE for credit. If you are already licensed, you must bring a SIGNED Copy” of your FCC License. **New applicants must have an FRN number and 2 forms of ID. All applicants must provide a valid email address on the form 605.** Applicants cannot test unless all required items are provided. Details for obtaining your FRN number can be found @ 

FCC Requirements


License exams administered by Laurel VEC examiners, including RCVET, are free. However, once you pass a test that results in a new license being granted, you are required to pay a $35 fee to the U.S. Department of the Treasury before the license will be granted. Information on how to pay this fee will be given to successful applicants at the test session and will also be sent by email from the FCC to directly to the applicant. (Note that changes to an existing license, including upgrades and changes of address, do not result in a new license being granted, so no fee is charged.)


You must have a FCC Registration Number (FRNbefore you can take any license examination. If you are already licensed, you already have a FRN; it’s on your copy of your license. If you do not have a FRN, you must apply for one on-line, directly from the FCC. This page explains how to obtain a FRN. While you may apply for a FRN at the test session, it is highly advisable to obtain it in advance of the session, as the FCC website is often down for maintenance during non-business hours and on weekends, which is when we administer most of our exams.

Other Required Information

In addition to the FRN and your name, address, and call sign (if any), you must provide your email address and daytime phone number. All correspondence with the FCC, including issuing licenses and disseminating information on collection of fees, is done via email. Also, problems with processing your application can be expedited by contacting you by phone using the number you provide. The above links will open in a new window.  

Return and complete Registration Page after you receive your FRN

Please try to arrive a little early to allow time for preparation of necessary paperwork

Contact Mark Gibson, N4MQU, @ for any further information. Also check our Links page for license study information.

WordPress Appliance - Powered by TurnKey Linux