How can the exams be free?

The PVVET is accredited by the Laurel Volunteer Exam Coordinator. Since 1984, Laurel VEC has proudly been offering free exams.

The PVVET is comprised of amateur operators who volunteer their time to help support amateur radio in the community. The operating costs are funded by the volunteers that are within the team. The PVVET does not and will not accept monetary donations.

Other VECs may charge their candidates a fee which varies depending on the VEC. Funds are used by the VEC to cover processing, printing and mailing of examinations and other materials.

As of April 2022, The FCC has implemented an application fee of $35 USD. This applies to those obtaining a new license applications, license renewals, vanity callsign applications and rule waiver applications.  Those who are upgrading to general and/or extra do not have to pay the FCC application fee.

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