Foreign Pilot License Verification Steps
How do I convert my foreign pilot license?
As some students have previous flight training experience, we have assisted them in foreign license verification from countries around the world in order to become FAA commercial pilots at our flight school through our International Pilot Pathway. Despite the amount of training received outside of the U.S., students may only convert to the maximum of FAA Private Pilot. The foreign license verification process can take up to 90 days, so students need to plan ahead, be proactive, and submit the proper documentation before they arrive at Epic. If a student believes they will arrive at Epic prior to receiving the final approval, they will need to list Epic’s address as their own, making a note next to the address “fax to Phyllis at +1386-402-7801”.
Note: If you have any restrictions on your license, please let Admissions know immediately, prior to beginning the license conversion process.
Submit Verification Form & Foreign Documents to FAA
1) Complete FAA Form 8060-71
When completing the form use the following in the appropriate sections:
Section 4A) 600 Skyline Drive
Section 4B) +1386-428-8712 Write “Phyllis” above the phone number
Section 5A) New Smyrna Beach, Florida 32168 USA
Section 11) Private Pilot
Section 12) Orlando Florida, MCO
2) Make enlarged copy of Private Pilot License
3) Make enlarged copy of Medical Certificate
4) Send Form & Documents to FAA
Email, fax or mail the completed FAA Form 8060-71, enlarged copy of Private Pilot License, and enlarged copy of Medical Certificate to the FAA Airmen Division. If any of the documents are illegible, the FAA will stop the process and contact the student via email from AFS-760 for resubmission of clear documents within 30 days. If the student does not respond, the request for foreign license conversion is cancelled.
Email Submission: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fax Submissions: +1405-954-9922
Federal Aviation Administration
Airmen Certification Branch, AFS-760
P.O. Box 25082
Oklahoma City, OK 73125-0082
Confirm Verification Request with Your Civil Aviation Authority
Call your Country Civil Aviation division to make sure the request has been received and processed. If your country does not respond to FAA’s request for verification, the FAA will resend request every 30 days, on 4 times. If the verification is not completed, the request will be cancelled.
Receive Letter of Authenticity & Obtain FAA Medical Certificate
If approved, the student will receive the Letter of Authenticity from the FAA that authorizes them to get the temporary certificate. Student must then pass a medical examination that qualifies them to receive their FAA Medical Certificate once they arrive here in the U.S.
Arrive at Epic & Complete IACRA Enrollment
- Register on IACRA using the exact name listed of the Letter of Authenticity, which should match your passport. Note: If your foreign medical is expired, or the name listed on the Letter of Authenticity does not match your passport, DO NOT use IACRA. You need to use ACRA, which is a program on the hard drive located in the examiner test room.
- Fill-out all 6 steps on IACRA
- On Step 6, “Solo” means Sole occupant of aircraft, and “PIC” means solo plus all other PIC time.
Receive U.S. Pilot Certificate
Students may pick up the temporary certificate for no charge at the Orlando MCO FSDO. Alternatively, students may also meet with Phyllis to schedule for an approved Designated Examiner (DE) to come directly to school and create the temporary certificate ($150.00 dollar fee, cash only). Regardless of their choice, students must present the following documents:
- IACRA Enrollment
- FAA Verification Letter of Authenticity
- 2 copies of Passport
- 2 copies of Foreign Pilot License
- 2 copies of FAA Medical Certificate
- Pilot Logbook
***NOTE: The Letter of Authenticity is only valid for 6 months. If the student has to stay longer than 6 months, they must re-apply 2 months before it expires. Many students forget this information and are unable to take their checkride because their Letter of Authenticity has expired. If it becomes necessary to re-apply for the Letter of Authenticity, the same process must be repeated, however we find that it is quicker the second time around.
To contact the FAA Airmen Certification Information & Assistance directly for Verification Status, students may call: +1405-954-3261. Feel free to reach out to our Epic Admissions Team if you have any questions!