If you are applying for a certificate issued on the basis of a foreign license under the provisions of:
Then you must have the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) that issued those certificates verify the validity and currency of the foreign license and medical certificate or endorsement before you apply for an FAA certificate or authorization.
You can provide the required information using the optional Verification of Authenticity of Foreign License, Rating, and Medical Certification (PDF) form.
You can send the form and the preferred documents two ways:
NOTE: If your application and documentation for foreign verification is received with missing and/or illegible information, you will be notified and required to resend your application and all required documentation by mail.
You can't send the pre-application documents electronically.
A person who is applying for a U.S. rating or medical certificate on the basis of a foreign license must apply for that certificate at least 90 days before arriving at the designated FAA FSDO where the applicant intends to receive the U.S. certificate. This initial application step is the responsibility of the applicant.
The information you submit to the Airmen Certification Branch must include your:
Note: The Airmen Certification Branch would prefer to have a copy of the foreign license and medical certificate or endorsement included with all requests for verification of authenticity of the foreign license.
When we receive verification from the CAA, you will receive written notification that we forwarded a copy to the Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) you designated in your request. The verification is valid for 6 calendar months. You may apply for a U.S. certificate at the designated FSDO during that period.
You can mail the information to:Federal Aviation Administration
In addition to the procedures stated under Verification of Authenticity of Foreign license, Rating and Medical Certification above, airmen from the United Kingdom or Australia must contact their respective CAA to complete additional forms that are required PRIOR to providing the requested information to the Airmen Certification Branch. We have provided a link to each CAA for your convenience: UK CAA website, Australia CAA website.