So you want to go ‘Pro’ racing? Or maybe you want to have the license that gives you access to every regional sanctioning body in the US? Odds are, you’re going to need more than the regular regional racing license. And if it is international competition, you’ll very likely need an FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) racing license. For the Creventic 12 hours of Imola race, that’s exactly what was needed, so here is what that experience was like.
- Take a passport-compliant photo of yourself. …
- Write a racing biography. …
- Complete a medical examination form for racing. …
- Fill out the online application on the U.S. FIA licensing website. …
- Pay the application fee.
What is ACCA FIA (Foundation Level Qualification) Benefits and How to get Certification of FIA?
Who is eligible for the FIA certification?
The FIA lists eligibility requirements for drivers with the Super Licence as:
What is the FIA certification?
The Federation Internationale de lAutomobile certification is a drivers license that allows racing drivers to compete in any international FIA race. Various levels of this license exist, with the Super Licence allowing the most experienced racers to enter the Formula One World Championship competition. The FIA, the organization that offers this certification, is one of the largest motorsport governing bodies in the world and oversees over 30 racing championships. This organization sets safety standards and creates certifications that verify a drivers skill and eligibility to compete in professional races.
Other types of FIA licenses and requirements
Heres a list of other FIA licenses and requirements:
How to get the FIA certification
Heres a list of steps to help you apply for the FIA license:
1. Take a passport-compliant photo of yourself
Take a photo of yourself that meets passport photo requirements to submit with your application. This is the photo that appears on your license. If you submit your application online, save the photo as a JPEG to preserve the pictures quality.
Make sure your photo is in color and cropped to meet the general passport composition. This means your head is 50%-69% of the photos total height. Heres a list of additional U.S. passport photo requirements:
2. Write a racing biography
Include a racing biography in your application because the FIA uses this information when you submit your documents. Be sure to include information such as how long youve been racing, what organizations youve raced with, how many races youve participated in and how many of those youve finished. Theres no standard template for a racing biography, but some drivers prefer to create a resume-style document. You may choose to format your biography by dividing your racing history into different sections by year or season.
3. Complete a medical examination form for racing
Find a medical examination form and take it to a local physician within three months before you submit your application. The physician can perform a medical examination and approve you for racing. The FIA doesnt supply a standard medical form to use, but you can find other standard racing medical forms through organizations such as the International Conference of Sports Car Clubs (ICSCC). These forms verify your physical ability to race. Information may include assessments of your vision, nerves, reflexes and hearing. Once youve completed this form, scan it into your computer and save it as a PDF document.
4. Fill out the online application on the U.S. FIA licensing website
Complete the application form by first filling out your personal information. The application asks, “Have you ever had a previous FIA license?” Select “No.” After this, upload your drivers biography. You may upload this as a PDF file to ensure that no one can edit the document.
In the second section of the document, select the “Competition license only” option and select “Yes” to accept the additional fee for International Competition Authorization. Then, select the “Grade C” option if youre driving anything below a GT3 race car. Finally, upload your passport photo and medical form. Read through the additional waivers and acknowledgments and sign the documents.
5. Pay the application fee
After filling out the required documents, click “Next” and pay the application fee. This may cost around $500. After paying, you receive a confirmation document that explains the details of your payment. It also explains the application process and how you can track your applications progress. Depending on the type of shipping you chose, your license may arrive in the mail two weeks to a month.
Additional testing and reviews
Before racing, cars also undergo testing and certification by undergoing the FIA homologation process. This means approving a vehicle for racing by verifying that it meets safety requirements and includes the approved equipment or specifications. Some vehicles undergo review by the ATIC, or A Testing, Inspection, Certification Company. Heres a brief explanation of the homologation process for FIA racing:
Tips for earning the FIA certification
Heres a list of steps that may help you earn the FIA certification:
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How do I get international Grade A competition license holder?
- Step 1: Collect these pieces of information before you start the application process. A passport compliant photograph of yourself. …
- Step 2: Go to the US FIA Licensing website and fill out the application. Application link for United States based FIA licenses. …
- Step 3: Pay the fee.
What is FIA driver Categorisation?
How do you get into racing?
- Develop your driving skills. To compete against professional race car drivers, you must have excellent driving skills. …
- Join a racing club. …
- Obtain a vehicle and equipment. …
- Obtain a competition license. …
- Practice and train. …
- Look for a team or a sponsor.