Foreign pilots’ licenses are subject to verification because they are not considered tamper-proof. Therefore, you should complete the FAA Verification of Authenticity form online at least 3 months before traveling to the United States. Sometimes it may require more time to process, depending on the origin of your license.
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STEPS TO YOUR VALIDATION

 

STEP 1:

Download the FAA Form Verification Foreign Licenses here


STEP 2:

Scan or copy your foreign license – all pages
Scan or copy your foreign Medical – all pages
** If your license or your medical certificate was not issued in English, attach an English translation


STEP 3:

You may send your documents via:

  1. Fax to 001 (405) 954-9922 OR
  2. Email : foreign-verification4@faa.gov OR
  3. Regular Mail to:
    FAA Airmen Certification Branch, AFS 760
    P.O. Box 25082
    Oklahoma City, OK 73125 – USA

STEP 4:

The FAA requests confirmation from the foreign authorities that your pilot’s license and medical certificate are valid. This usually takes about two weeks, but may take longer.


STEP 5:

Once the FAA has received this confirmation, it will send a “Verification and Authenticity Letter” to the FSDO office that has jurisdiction for our flight school.


STEP 6:

Our FAA Designated Examiner will issue the Restricted Foreign Based Certificate to you.


STEP 7:

You will complete the required Biennial Flight Review BFR with one of our Flight Instructor along with the required checkout flight.

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