Competition Licensing Program
The NASA Competition Licensing Program educates, trains, and qualifies drivers for a NASA Competition License.
There are two components to the NASA Competition Licensing Program:
- High Performance Driving Event (HPDE)
- There are four HPDE run groups (levels 1-4).
- We hold four track sessions and four classroom sessions per day for each run group. Sessions last approximately 20 to 30 minutes.
- Run groups are based entirely on driver experience and skill.
- Competition Drivers’ School
- Two full days of instructor-led training
- Eight classroom sessions
- Eight on-track sessions
If you want to drive in NASA-sanctioned events with an open passing environment (i.e., Time Trial, Road Racing, Endurance Racing, etc.), you must hold a valid NASA Competition License, NASA Provisional License, or NASA TT License.
To be considered for a NASA Provisional License, you must have successfully completed one of the following racing schools:
- NASA Competition Drivers’ School
- SCCA Competition Drivers’ School
- A NASA or SCCA accredited racing’ school
- Ford Racing School is the official driving school of NASA. This is the only school in America that will teach you the required skills to earn a NASA provisional competition license.
To receive a NASA Competition License, you must meet one of the following requirements:
- NASA completed Provisional License holder
- FIA, Grand Am, SCCA license holder
If you have a current or expired competition license from another organization (FIA, Grand Am, SCCA):
- Create a profile and purchase a NASA membership on the NASA website.
- Through your member profile, upload and submit:
- A copy of your state driver’s license
- A copy of your current racing license
- Complete a NASA Medical Application.
- Complete a NASA License Application.
Waiver of License Requirements
Due to the lead time required for your to obtain a physical license, the Regional Director may grant a temporary Waiver of License Requirements under one of the following conditions:
- It is your first race event of the NASA region and you show proof of a currently valid SCCA, Grand Am, or FIA road racing license.
- You have completed the NASA Race Licensing Certification and have been approved by the Region’s Licensing Instructor for a Provisional License.
- You hold a valid license with a co-sanctioned group, or guest group.
Time Trial License
The Regional TT Director must approve all drivers before you may compete. The minimum requirements you need to meet include:
- Verifiable driver history such as:
- Successful completion of a NASA HPDE 4 event, or
- A valid NASA Competition or Provisional License, or
- A valid competition or TT license with another organization.
- Knowledge of NASA TT rules and understanding of the consequences of non-compliance.
- Understanding of the nature of NASA TT, including the spirit of cooperation that is required between drivers on the track.
- Understanding of the high standard of driving performance and safety that is expected.
- Knowledge of the technical and safety inspection process.
After the Regional TT Director approves your request to begin TT competition, you need to purchase a Provisional TT License before your first event.