Non-US glider pilots may still receive reciprocal privileges in the United States. However, the necessary steps for receiving these documents have changed as a result of the attacks of September 11th. New security protocols are in place and the processing system has been changed to include direct verification of home country privileges as well as submitting the name of the pilot to law enforcement for verification of security status.

Please note: The general process may take up to 60 days, or even longer. However, closely following the steps indicated below will help reduce the length of time necessary to complete the process.


  1. Go to the Federal Aviations Administration’s web site.When there, scroll down the page to the link that says ‘Verification of Authenticity of Foreign License, Rating, and Medical Certification.’There you will find complete instructions as well as links to the forms that must be completed and faxed to the Airman Registry Office in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
  2. Follow this link, FSDO, to another Federal Aviation Administration web site that lists all the available Flight Standards District Offices (FSDO). You will need to pick an office in which to appear in person for verification of your identification and foreign airmen documentation. The FSDO that you pick will be requested on the form that you submit to the FAA in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
  3. It will be most helpful and less time consuming if you provide the FAA with complete information on how to contact the organization or government entity that issued your glider license.
  4. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the SSA at any time. You may send us a fax, an e-mail or call by phone.
  5. Come to the U.S. and enjoy some of the best soaring conditions in the world


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