Foreign License Validation

The 10-easy-step License Validation Guide will guide you quickly through the application process

Foreign pilots’ licenses are subject to verification and validation because they are not considered tamper-proof. If the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) did not verify the validity of your license, this would leave the door wide open for fraud. Therefore, you should complete the FAA Verification of Authenticity form online at least 3 month before traveling to the United States. Sometimes it may requires more time to process, depending on the origin of your license,

10 Easy Steps to your Validation

Step 1

Download the FAA Form Verification Foreign Licenses here

Step 2

Scan or copy your foreign license – all pages

Step 3

Scan or copy your foreign Medical – all pages

Step 4

If your license or your medical certificate was not issued in English, attach an English translation

Step 5

Please enter the Florida Flyers Fax Number +1 (904) 209-3508  BOX 4B

Please fill in BOX 12 as follows:
North Florida FSDO
8427 Southpark Cir #500
Orlando FL 32819

Step 6

You may send your documents via:

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

Step 7

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 it can take much longer.

Step 8

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 and to you either via email or regular mail, depending on how you have submitted the documents to the FAA. Usually Florida Flyers will receive a copy, if BOX 4b was filled out.

Step 9

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

Step 10

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

When and how to apply for the letter of authenticity

  • Due to the high volume of applications received at the FAA AFS 760 Office, new applications will be processed in the order they were received.
  • We recommend to apply for the Letter of Authenticity about 3 month before you travel to the U.S.
  • Unfortunately the FAA AFS760 Office does not allow to expedite the process. Alternatively you may like to obtain a Stand-Alone U.S. Private Pilot License as your previous flight time will be recognized towards FAA training requirements. Please contact our Associates for further information.