Richard, KD7BBC, recently posted this to the HamRadioHelpGroup Yahoo Group:
It consistently surprises me how many people aren’t aware that instead of giving the VE team your SSN you can get an FCC Registration Number (FRN) and give it to them.
To try to help combat this, I have written up a blog post with images to help people get an FRN number.
I *strongly* recommend that anyone planning to take an exam get an FRN before going to the exam session; it’s not that you can’t trust the VE team, it’s more that it’s not a good idea to have that kind of personal information floating around anywhere, and likely the VE team would rather not have to deal with it either.
I agree with him. Before you take the Tech test, get an FRN and give that to the VE team.