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:
- Name and date of birth
- Address where you wish to have the verification of the authenticity letter mailed
- Certificate number and ratings on the foreign license
- Country of issuance of your foreign license
- Location of the FAA Flight Standards District Office where you intend to apply for your U.S. certificate
- Statement that your foreign license is not under an order of suspension or revocation
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.
Additional Requirements for United Kingdom, Australia and Malaysia Applicants
In addition to the procedures stated under Verification of Authenticity of Foreign license, Rating and Medical Certification above, airmen from the United Kingdom, Australia or Malaysia must contact their respective CAA to complete additional forms that are required PRIOR to providing the requested information to the Airmen Certification Branch, AFS‐760. We have provided a link to each CAA for your convenience: UK CAA website, Australia CAA website, Malaysia CAA website.