Step 8: Take Your HAM Test
Getting a license is not too difficult. The best place to start is by finding a Ham club near you. They will provide you will all the information and assistance you need to get licensed. If you do not know of any groups in your area, simply learn by taking the practice exam here: http://www.qrz.com/p/testing.pl. By testing yourself you can determine what you do not know, and pursue that knowledge through the internet, books readily available at a local library or to purchase, or other hams.
Once you are ready you will have to find an exam session (http://www.arrl.org/find-an-amateur-radio-license-exam-session). These are offered multiple times a year in various locations across the United States. You will only need to take the test for the lowest license class: Technician. This 35 question multiple choice test and a nominal fee (~$10) will get you your license and a call sign.