• Apply for an IR (A) using paper forms

    You will need to send us a completed application form and some other documents to apply for an IR (A).

    Please note: the IR online form or application form SRG 1183A cannot be used for the CBIR or en route IR. Please use SRG1161 for this application.
    The CBIR can not be issued as a same day service.

    This page contains guidance on how to apply for an IR (A) using a paper application form and provides access to all the forms and other CAA materials you will need to make your application.

    You will also need to provide some documents of your own, including photographic ID and logbook pages recording your flying experience. Full details of what to include with your application are set out below.

    You can also apply for an IR (A) using our online application form.

    All our paper application forms are available for download and can be completed on a computer before being printed, signed and submitted to the CAA by post or secure courier. Alternatively, you can print the form first and complete in BLOCK CAPITALS using black or dark blue ink.

    Please note that sending a clear application form will enable us to issue licences and ratings more efficiently, with lower risk of errors or rejections with subsequent delays to your application.

    Application form

    To apply for an IR (A), use form SRG 1161.

    What to include with your form

    As well as your completed application form, you will need to send us the following documentation:

    • Proof of identity: certified copy of 1 of the following:
      • passport
      • EU photographic driving licence
      • EU identity card
    • Certified copy of your licence's validating medical certificate
    • Your original logbook (s)
    • Certified copy of your existing licence including the certificate of revalidation page
    • Examiner's skill test report form (form SRG 2131)

    Depending on the details of your application, you may also need to send us:

    How to get copies of your documents certified

    How to submit your application

    Please send your completed application form and supporting documentation to the following address:

    Licensing and Training Standards, Licensing Department
    Aviation House
    Gatwick Airport South
    West Sussex
    RH6 0YR

    Secure courier

    The CAA strongly recommends you use our secure courier service to have your documents returned to you. More information about our secure courier service

    Additional documentation

    If you are applying on the basis of

    you will need to send us additional documentation along with your application. Please see the Guidance on documentation section.

    Compulsory conversion to EASA licence

    If you have not already converted your pilot licence to an EASA licence, then applying for a rating to be issued onto it will mean that your licence will be compulsorily converted to an EASA licence and a conversion fee will be charged. These fees are set out in the Licence costs section.

    More information about converting to an EASA licence