If you have just passed the tests for a brand new Amateur Radio License, congratulations! Your information from the testing session will be entered into the FCC licensing database in just a few days, under normal circumstances. As soon as your name and new call sign appear in the database, you may begin to use your new license and call sign. You do not have to wait for a physical license document to arrive at your mailing address. A printed license can still be obtained from the FCC, but you must request it separately.
Forgot Password? To upgrade to General Class, you must already hold a Technician Class license or have recently passed the Technician license exam. Upgrading to a General license--which conveys extensive HF privileges—only requires passing a written examination. Once you do, the entire range of operating modes and the majority of the amateur spectrum below 30 MHz become available to you. The FCC grants exam Element 3 credit to individuals that previously held certain older types of licenses. Find valid forms of Examination Element Credit. Learn More.
A license that has expired and gone beyond the two year grace period will be canceled in the FCC system. The licensee will not automatically qualify for a new license. At a minimum, previous license holders must take the current question Technician exam at a VE exam session to return to Amateur Radio.
Forgot Password? General licensees may upgrade to Extra Class by passing a question multiple-choice examination. No Morse code test is required.