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VE Manual : Temporary Operating Authority
If a candidate possesses an FCC-issued amateur license and scores a passing grade on all exam elements required for a higher class operator license, the CSCE serves as evidence that the candidate is authorized by Part 97.9(b) of the FCC Rules to operate on a temporary basis with the rights and privileges of the higher operating class for up to 365 days while awaiting receipt of the upgraded license.

Applicants who pass their first license requirements at your test session may be issued a CSCE, but must be advised that they cannot transmit on the amateur airwaves until they receive their station call sign from the FCC. It is no longer necessary, however, that they receive their license document before beginning on-the-air operation. Applicants may obtain their new call signs from the QRZ.com "New Hams" or the FCC's Universal Licensing System websites.

The CSCE is not a license, or permit. It is simply an acknowledgment that the holder has passed certain exam elements. This one all-purpose document covers both the "instant upgrade" and "written credit" needs of the program.

The CSCE may be used in future tests as evidence of passing a required element. VE teams are required to accept original CSCEs from any other authorized VEC not just those from W5YI-VEC.

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