Applicants for either an FIA International Driver or Entrant License issued through ACCUS must first be licensed and/or members in good standing with one of the current six ACCUS member clubs listed in the previous section.
For many clubs, the application process can be simultaneous for both a club and an FIA license, depending on the level of the applicant’s club license. Once an applicant is approved by that club for an FIA license, that club will notify ACCUS for license issuance. In most cases, the FIA International License will be sent directly from ACCUS to the approved license holder.
Licenses are annual and valid only for the year of issuance unless otherwise authorized. A license may be revoked for any reason upon the direction of the approving member club. FIA license holders with licenses issued through ACCUS are not members of ACCUS.
An applicant or a renewing license holder can apply through any of the six ACCUS member clubs. Most applicants apply through one of the clubs to which that applicant’s racing experience most directly applies, and who’s racing experience would most-readily qualify them for a driver or entrant license with that club.
The end of each preceding calendar year, and first quarter of the applicable license year, are the busiest times for ACCUS to process and issue FIA licenses. We recommend that you apply as early as your ACCUS member club begins its own annual licensing process. This is strongly recommended for first-time applicants. License applications received after the preceding December, for example, run the risk of delay. Any license application received by ACCUS within two weeks (or less) of an event that requires that license will automatically be charged the expedited handling fee listed below.
The holders of FIA Licenses issued through ACCUS must have an International Competition Authorization if they wish to participate in an event outside of the U.S. This may be applied for at the same time as the FIA license and will appear on the back side of their license. If the authorization is applied for separately after a license has been issued, or in other circumstances, such authorization may take the form of an email letter or other issuance.
If an applicant is not a U.S. citizen, the applicant MUST obtain a permission letter from his/her home country ASN prior to submitting an application. For country contact information go to www.fia.com, click on “Members List” to find contact information for your home country ASN. Permission letters can be transmitted electronically.
If a license must be taken out of the queue for expedited handling, there will be a charge of $75 (this is in addition to any fee that a member club requires for its own expedited handling). If the license needs to be sent overnight, the applicant must provide an electronic Fed Ex or UPS air bill.