NRE : Exam & Application Fees

The Examination Fee -- is charged by a COLEM (Commercial Operator License Examination Manager.) This fee can vary depending upon which Commercial Operator License Examination Manager (COLEM) administers the examination, and the number and type of test elements administered. This fee is paid to the examiners. As of January 1, 2010, National Radio Examiners charges a $50 fee per sitting per applicant. This fee includes the first 2 test elements taken and passed by the applicant. If the applicant fails the first element, they may re-take the element but at no additional charge. Additional elements beyond the first 2 elements are charged at $25 per element. This is the only license fee that examinees pay to the examiner. 

The FCC Application Fees -- there is a $35.00 charge that applicants pay to reimburse the Government for the costs involved in the administrative processing of radio license. The FCC sends and email with a link to pay this fee or you can login to the and go to fees and payment to pay the application fee.