FRNs must be used at exam sessions

FCC Auto-Registration Feature for Exam Applicants to be Discontinued on May 20

Auto-registration in the FCC Commission Registration System (CORES) for amateur radio exam candidates using a Social Security number will be discontinued on May 20, 2021.

VECs/VE teams should stop accepting social security numbers at sessions immediately.

Applicants must use an FCC Registration Number (FRN) for all license transactions with the FCC. Examinees must register in CORES and receive an FRN before exam day. Starting on May 20, electronic batch filed applications that do not include a candidate’s FRN will be rejected. The Social Security/Licensee ID Field will be disabled.

An instructional video provides step-by-step instructions on how to establish a CORES account, which is necessary for licensees to make administrative updates and download electronic license authorizations.

After June 29, all filers must provide an email address on all applications. When an email is provided, applicants will receive an official electronic copy of their licenses once granted (allow incoming email from If no email is provided when filing on or after June 29, applications will be rejected. ARRL VEC suggests that those without access to email to use the email address of a family member or friend.

Licensees need to log in to the Universal Licensing System (ULS) to download their authorizations. The FCC no longer issues paper copies.
— Information provided by FCC


from the VE Newsletter, April 28, 2021