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Test Session Rules



All candidates must register prior to testing sessions. No walk-in test candidates will be accepted.


Lake County Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (R.A.C.E.S.) conducts ARRL VE ham radio license testing for all license classes every month at 7:00 PM at the Lake County EMA Classroom in Libertyville (normally the 2nd Monday, 3rd Monday in September).

Our VE team can be available to coordinate special testing sessions for your club events, training sessions and hamfests. Contact our VE Liaison (see below) for additional information and availability.

Register in FCC CORES and receive your Federal Registration Number (FRN) before sitting for your exam to ensure your new license is processed quickly through the FCC Universal Licensing System (ULS).
To conduct any business with the FCC, you must register in CORES and be assigned an FRN. This number will be used to uniquely identify you for all transactions with the FCC.
View the FCC website (New Users Guide to ULS) for step-by-step instructions on the registration process.
For assistance, submit a request on the FCC Support Services page or call the FCC at 877-480-3201.


Lake County R.A.C.E.S. VE Liaison
Dave Pritchard - W9QL


To register for a session please email our VE coordinator at You will be asked to complete and return a registration form prior to the session.



The EOC is located on Milwaukee half way between Route 137 on the North and Route 176 on the South. West of I-94 and east of Butterfield Road and Route 45. The entrance to the parking area is off Winchester Rd. 1/8 mile (2nd driveway) west of Milwaukee Ave. The entrance to the building is in the is in the rear. Follow the signs to the EMA Classroom. For a map, go to Find Us.


Tests will be administered using Exam Tools software on computers we provide. Scratch paper will be provided.


Special Assistance

If applicants require special assistance for reading, mobility, sight, hearing, access, etc., please be sure to let the VE team know your specific requirements. We will make every effort to accommodate your needs.


What you should bring to the test session

Test Fees

$15.00 (per test session for all tests. For those 16 years old and under the fee is paid by Lake County R.A.C.E.S. (for first license only - Refund issued upon successful passing of element 2). Please bring the exact amount or make your check payable to Lake County R.A.C.E.S.


Two required, one with a photo.

Ham License

Bring the original and a photocopy.


Bring the original and a photocopy.

Other Pertinent Documentation
(proof of previous license or grandfather documentation, etc.)

Bring the original and a photocopy.


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