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License Exams & Classes

Amateur Radio Testing in Madison WI

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The Four Lakes Amateur Radio Club (FLARC) sponsors FCC license exams, which are held on the FIRST Saturday of each month at Space Place, in the Villager Mall, 2300 South Park Street, Madison, Wisconsin starting at 8 a.m. We try to have all exams finished and graded by 10 a.m. Please come as close to 8 as you can.

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Directions: From the Beltline (Hwys 12-18), take the Park Street exit north. Go about 0.5 mile. Space Place is on the left in the Villager Mall. Exams will also be held three times per year following the regular FLARC Amateur Radio Classes and during the spring MARA hamfest. Reservations not required. The FLARC VE team is accredited by the ARRL VEC.

Things to bring:

Test Fee

For 2018 the ARRL VEC test fee is $15. Please bring a check or money order made out to the ARRL VEC for $15 or exact cash only. We have no change.


No one may take an amateur exam for another person. It is essential that the VE Team checks a candidate's identification (ID) before allowing the candidate to sit for an exam.

The candidate must present a legal photo ID. This requirement is usually met with a driver's license, but it can be a passport or other legal identification card with the candidate's photo on it.

When no photo ID is available, the candidate must present any two of the following:

Non-photo ID/driver's license (some states still have them);
Social Security Card;
Birth certificate (must have the appropriate seal);
Minor's work permit, school report card, school ID card or library card;
Utility bill, bank statement or other business correspondence that specifically names the person; or
Postmarked envelope addressed to the person at his or her current mailing address as it appears on the Form 605.

SS, TIN and FRN numbers

Effective August 16, 1999, the FCC implemented the Universal Licensing System (ULS) for the Amateur Service. ULS implementation includes a new personal information requirement in that all examinees must now supply a Taxpayer ID Number or TIN (This is your Social Security Number).

If you already have an amateur radio license or ANY other FCC issued radio license (for example GMRS) you must use your FRN on that license. (If you have no such license, your Social Security number will serve as an interim identifier until your FRN is generated.)

What is a FRN (Federal Registration Number) number? The FCC maintains an extensive database of all license holders (for all radio services) and has a unique FRN assigned to each one. When you make a license renewal, or update application, you must supply them with your FRN to proceed. If wish to receive a FRN before submitting an application go to:

If you have a current amateur radio license:

Bring the ORIGINAL license and Originals of any CSCEs which should be considered (both returned to you after inspection), and a photocopy of the license and CSCEs to be sent in with your application.

Things NOT to bring:

A fancy programmable calculator. The calculator must not have memories, or the memories must be cleared before you use it on the test. This includes clearing the PDA or cell phone memories, so those would not be good choices to use for a calculator. Simple calculators are provided for your use. You may use a standard slide rule.

10 thoughts on “License Exams & Classes

  1. buschb

    I would like to get started in ham radio and study for the test. Is it possible to find an “Elmer” in the Stoughton WI area?

    Call me at *removed by admin*

  2. KC9WHJ


    The two best options would be to come to a FLARC meeting held on the third Tue of every month or post it on the QST mailing list. Anyone interested will e-mail you back.


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  4. halvdansker

    I'm a newly ordained Technician Class and would like to take your General Class exam on December 6, Nowadays, Hams have far more options than we had back in 1970, when I briefly held a Novice license (WN9MIU - no longer in the FCC Database).

    Bob KD9CNP

  5. KD9ANZ

    I want to upgrade to general but I misplaced my Original license. Could I bring a copy of the license? The (clear) picture of it that I used for my echolink verification? Could you look me up? I really want to upgrade but the FCC is being slow with replacing a license.

  6. Snyperx

    Greetings from Stoughton. I recently took interest in amateur radio and am looking to study and get my tech license. Hoping someone might be interested in mentoring me. I will try and make a meeting, but it is pretty hard for me time wise being a single Dad with two kids.

    I currently have the ARRL book and am trying to study, but would much rather take a class if possible, though time again will be an issue for me.

    Hoping someone can contact me. Thank you.

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