FIA Super License

The FIA Super License is the highest license in the motorsport. Drivers that have a Super License are allowed to compete in Formula One.

How to get a Super License

To qualify for an FIA Super License the driver must meet the requirements of the FIA’s International Sporting Code, specifically Appendix L. This states the following:

  1. Minimum age of 18
  2. The driver should already hold a Grade A competition license.
  3. The driver should have a full and valid road car driving license. This drivers license should be from the country that is listed on the driver’s nationality used on the Super License.
  4. The driver should pass an FIA theory test about the F1 sporting code and regulations.
  5. The driver should have completed at least 80% off two full seasons in any single-seater Championships.
  6. Accumulated at least 40 points over the previous three seasons in any combination of the single-seater Championships reported in Supplement 1 of the regulations

Free Practice Super License

Beginning in the 2019 Formula One season the FIA introduced a requirement for drivers participating in free practice sessions to hold a stand-alone Free Practice Only Super Licence. The criteria for a Practice Only License are as follows:

  1. The driver should have reached the age of 18 years.
  2. The driver should have an International Grade A competition license.
  3. Completion of either six races in Formula 2, or accumulated 25 Super Licence points in eligible championships during the previous three years.

Get Super License Points

Super License points are rewarded based on the position of the driver when a season ends. The full point system is posted below.

Series Championship position
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
FIA Formula 2 Championship 40 40 40 30 20 10 8 6 4 3
GP2 Series (folded 2016) 40 40 30 20 10 8 6 4 3 2
IndyCar Series 40 30 20 10 8 6 4 3 2 1
European Formula 3 Championship (folded 2018) 30 25 20 10 8 6 4 3 2 1
FIA Formula 3 Championship
FIA Formula E Championship
FIA World Endurance Championship LMP1 30 24 20 16 12 10 8 6 4 2
GP3 Series (folded 2018) 25 20 15 10 7 5 3 2 1 0
World Series Formula V8 3.5 (folded 2017) 20 15 10 8 6 4 3 2 1 0
Super Formula
FIA World Endurance Championship LMP2 20 16 12 10 8 6 4 2 0 0
FIA World Rally Championship
F3 Asian Championship 18 14 12 10 6 4 3 2 1 0
IMSA Prototypes 17 14 10 8 6 4 2 1 0 0
FIA World Rallycross Championship
F3 Americas Championship 16 14 10 8 6 4 2 1 0 0
FIA F3 Regional Championships 15 12 10 7 5 3 2 1 0 0
World Touring Car Cup
Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters
Indy Lights
W Series
NASCAR Cup Series
Super GT
Supercars Championship 13 11 9 6 4 3 2 1 0 0
FIA European Rally Championship
FIA European Rallycross Championship
FIA Formula 4 championships 12 10 7 5 3 2 1 0 0 0
Asian/ELMS Prototypes 10 8 6 4 2 0 0 0 0 0
FIA World Endurance Championship LMGT-Pro
FIA World Endurance Championship LMGT-Am
IMSA GT Le Mans
National Formula Three championships 10 7 5 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
Formula Renault 2.0
F3 Asian Winter Series
Formula Mazda
NASCAR Xfinity Series
Toyota Racing Series 7 5 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
MRF Challenge Formula 2000
International GT3 Series 6 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Formula Academy (FFSA) 5 4 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
Macau Grand Prix 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Karting World Championship Senior category 4 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Karting Continental Championships Senior Category 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Karting World Championship Junior Category
Karting Continental Championships Junior Category 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2KCUP World Championship 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

As you can see above the numbers one, two and three in Formula 2 acquire enough points for a Super License. But the driver can also win the Formula 3 to get 30 points and win the Formula Academy what gives 5 points each to accumulate the 40 points needed. So there are many routes to get the required points.

Renewal, Sanctions, and Costs

When the driver receives his Super License it will come with a probation period of one year. This means that the FIA can revoke the Super License at any moment the first year if they feel that the driver doesn’t meet the requirements to maintain his Super License.

The FIA has a series of sanctions which can be placed on a drivers Super Licence which are in the form of reprimands and penalty points. When a driver accumulated three reprimands over the course of a season the FIA may impose penalty points. When a driver accumulates 12 or more penalty points in a 12 month period they will receive a one-race ban for the next event they are scheduled to participate in and a reserve driver may not be substituted in their place. The issuing of penalty points is not subject to reprimands being issued as a pre-requisite.

The FIA charges an annual fee for the Super License. The exact amount of this fee isn’t clear. However it’s clear that beside the standard fee the driver also needs to pay for every point he makes in that season.