When applying for a U.S. pilot certificate/rating on the basis of a foreign license you must submit a request of Verification of Authenticity of his/her license to the FAA’s Airmen Certification Branch (AFS-760) http://registry.faa.gov
Once the Airmen’s Certification branch has verified the authenticity and the validity of the foreign pilot license and medical license with the foreign civil aviation authority, a verification of authenticity letter will be issued to the designated Flight Standard District Office and a copy sent to the applicant.
All instructions concerning this pre-application may be found on the FAA’s web site at http://www.faa.gov/licenses certificates/airmen certification/foreign license verification.
This process takes usually two to three weeks. Information you will need for the forms:
- Please mail the verification letter to: 3800 St Lucie Blvd, Fort Pierce, Florida 34946, U.S.A.
- Ensure you verify all your applicable ratings, night qualification, and medicals.
- The FSDO address is:
FAA - Orlando Flight Standards District Office
Citadelle International - Suite #500
5950 Hazeltine National Drive
Orlando, FL 32822
(407) 812-7700 (Phone)
(407) 812-7710 (Fax)
Enclose copies of your licenses, including ratings page, and medicals and fax or mail (Ensure correct postage and get it weighed at the post office. The college recommends you track your package):
FAA - Airmen Certification Branch
AFS - 760
P.O. Box 25082
Oklahoma City, OK 73125-0082
(405) 954-3261 (Phone)
(405) 954-9922 (Fax)
Additionally, holders of CAA licenses issued by the United Kingdom need to submit an additional form to the CAA. You can download the required form from their website.
Upon arrival in the United States an Instructor will guide you through the rest of the application process. You will meet the local FAA Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE), who will need to see your foreign licenses, medicals, and passport along with your verification letter. This process currently costs $50. You will be issued a temporary airman certificate, which will later be replaced by an FAA Private License based on a foreign license. This license will not be valid until a bi-annual flight review has been completed which will be conducted as part of your check out before flying solo.
at least two weeks in advance of your arrival, to coordinate start date and arrival details.
FAA Medical & Fingerprints can be completed on arrival at Aviator.